30.Aug.2013Rooker launches Voice Journey Sound Center
After years of immersive study of sound healing, Stephanie Rooker has launched Voice Journey Sound Center (VJSC) to bring what is --to her-- the essence of singing to people far & wide!
VJSC presents a diverse & cross-cultural array of vocal sound healing workshops, training programs, private lessons, community gatherings and sound healing services to strengthen your voice and enrich your holistic experience.
VJSC offerings encourage you to think of your voice in a new, empowered context and use your voice in ways that can change your life – reduce stress, energize the body, increase mental clarity, improve mood, enhance communication, develop leadership skills, enrich relationships, and boost creativity.
At VJSC, every voice is honored for its uniqueness and helped to grow in the ways that are most beneficial. The accessible tools we share open a path for you to free your voice, refine your self-expression, and promote personal & collective growth.
18.Mar.2011ROANOKE TIMES Cut'n'Scratch Review
CD review: Stephanie Rooker & The Search Engine, “The Only Way Out Is In"
Radford native Stephanie Rooker has been in New York City for a few years now, working to build her career as a jazz/soul/pop artist. Her first CD, 2008’s “Tellin’ You Right Now," was a good start for her, both musically and lyrically. At the end of last year, she and her band, The Search Engine, combined to release “The Only Way Out Is In." The new CD builds on the contemporary jazz themes of “Tellin’ You …" while showing Rooker’s growing lyrical depth.
Musically, it’s pleasant and often funky, with some outstanding young players including her boyfriend/producer/co-writer, Ben Tyree, smashing drummer Lawrence Qualls and Rooker’s sister, Jen Rooker, who delivers nice harmonies.
Guests abound, too — keyboardist John Medeski (Medeski Martin Wood), turntablist DJ Logic, trombonist Roland Barber, beatboxer Chesney Snow and rappers Kalae AllDay and Justice Dilla X get their licks in — their presence adds smartly and tastefully to what Rooker and Tyree have cooked up here.
Lyrically, the disc opens with hard questions. In “What If," Rooker wonders “What if there’s no rules/And what if there’s no truth/What if all we’re believin’/Is a story that we choose," then resolves that existential quandary by reminding herself to “Slow down/Look around/And don’t forget/To breathe."
Rooker, approaching 30, sees a lot to be frustrated about. In “When We Gon’ Care," she sings that “Bad new is good news/So long as we’re entertained/maintained/constrained/restrained/to where thought is a novelty/and freedom is feigned."
Rooker’s resonant voice and music leaven the darker moods of such numbers as “I Feel Like" (“Lord, help me remember what I’m fightin’ for"). By the time the band, joined by Medeski on organ, hits the mid-tempo horn funk of “Get Up" and bouncy soul of “Wait In Line," it feels like a party.
— Tad Dickens
21.Jan.2011LUCID CULTURE Review: Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine Find the Groove
Potently intelligent, pensively psychedelic, soul/funk band Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine’s new album The Only Way Out Is In sneaks up on you. Taken as a whole, it’s a mood piece, but it’s also a slinky dance album. What’s most impressive is how aware Rooker is. With her brooding, sometimes sultry, sometimes wounded contralto voice, her lyrics draw just as deeply from conscious hip-hop as from classic soul and funk. The band behind her plays with jazz chops, but with restraint: her collaborator Ben Tyree on guitar, Mamiko Watanabe on electric piano, Lawrence Qualls on drums, Jahmal Nichols handling most of the bass work, V. Jeffrey Smith on tenor and soprano saxes plus a number of guests including John Medeski on organ on several tracks along with Will Martina (of Burnt Sugar) on cello. The album kicks off auspiciously with What If, an existentialist’s dilemma:
What if there’s no rules
What if there’s no truth
What if all we’re believing is a story that we choose
What if what they told you
Don’t ever come true
Better come up with your own script
To live your life through
It sets the tone for the rest of the album, guitar and organ shifting over a slow, fluid, hip-tugging organic groove, with an aptly apprehensive trombone solo from Roland Barber.
The bouncy third-wave soul of Sellin Ya Soul brings back memories of acts like Sandra St. Victor back in the 90s. “I could be a pretty good plenty o’thangs but none of which could touch just being me and I’m good with that, thank you very much," Rooker asserts. They follow that with the hypnotic I Feel Like and its dark, goth-tinged bassline: “Lord help me remember what I’m fighting for." The next track, Play is wickedly catchy indie funk – did these guys used to go see Noxes Pond play shows around town about ten years ago? Weather offers blippy, rainy-day ambience; the big ballad Thank You is a trip back in time to Memphis, contrasting with the minimalist bass pulse of Rise and the lush balminess of the title track.
Rooker goes ballistic and straight to the target with the cinematic cautionary tale When We Gon Care, a furiously potent rant against a laundry list of evils: disinformation by the corporate media, the destruction of the environment by multinational corporations, drug companies inventing phony diseases to sell worthless “cures," and most of all, apathy. It’s Jello Biafra updated for the teens, with better vocals. They wrap up the album with an instrumental, a James Brown-inspired number and the gospel-infused Wait in Line. Count this as one of the most kick-ass albums to come over the transom here recently. Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine play the big room at the Rockwood on Jan 23 at 8.
17.Dec.2010SOUL SONGSTRESS STEPHANIE ROOKER & HER JAZZ-FUNK ENSEMBLE, THE SEARCH ENGINE, RELEASE THE ONLY WAY OUT IS IN AND TURN TRIALS OF LIFE OUTSIDE-IN
New York, NY; December 14, 2010: The Only Way Out is In, the sophomore album from soul provocateur Stephanie Rooker and her band, the Search Engine, is a good, hard look at the struggles of the 21st century human condition followed by a long gaze in the mirror. Already receiving rave reviews (“a beautiful, profound and fun album" – The Revivalist), this project is a tightly woven sonic journey through an impressive array of styles. With unrelenting aspiration and a prodigious roster of musicians, this album sets its sights high and doesn’t look back.
The Only Way Out is In was produced by guitarist Ben Tyree (Vernon Reid, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone) and boasts appearances from celebrated Bronx turntablist DJ Logic and organist John Medeski (of Medeski Martin and Wood), who appears on five of the twelve tracks. The Search Engine –a fitting moniker– is an arsenal of powerhouse musical mavericks, who effortlessly execute tight, compelling arrangements throughout the album, augmenting Rooker’s lyrical prowess and underlying insight.
Garnering comparisons to great innovators of genre –Me’shell Ndegeocello, Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell– Stephanie Rooker treads on a tight-rope she calls “soul-jazz-funk" with exhilarating deftness. Rooker’s sound is the bold, bright fruit of both her immersion in and appreciation of many rich musical cultures. From the folk music of her native Appalachia, to the traditional music of Ghana, to American gospel, blues, jazz, and hip-hop, Rooker’s inspirations trace a wide and worldly path that informs and truly enriches the soulful spirit behind her songs.
"When We Gon' Care" is a tense, slow-building spoken word number that finds her casting a skeptical eye on crumbling 21st century culture, dismantling everything from vapid reality television to a corrupt corporate health care system as the band pitches and rolls behind her. "What If" is smoky neo-soul punctuated by tight, stop-start breakdowns, burbling, Stax-inspired organ and languid, dusky horns. "Rise," with its darting bass line and lithe melody mines a deep, persistent groove. And the title track, with its slow, winding melody and pinpricks of guitar, is a ballad of perseverance and determination, with Rooker singing, "Move on, stay strong, eyes up, ear to the ground – it ain't over ‘til you say it's over."
The Only Way Out is In bears witness to the power of self-discovery as well as the rewards that come from turning your attention outward. Unique and alluring, it is fueled by an almost tangible passion, creating with it a force for empowerment and social change. However, not only does Rooker’s musical content address personal and societal rehabilitation, she also walks the walk. Her performances over the past 2 years have raised nearly $5,000 for non-profit groups, including brain injury service organizations, housing rights causes, and Haiti relief projects.
Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine elevate the game with both a sensibility and a lyricism that search, affirm, grieve, heal, and above all, love. The Only Way Out is In bears well the message of being the change we wish to see.
Virginia-grown and Brooklyn-based, Stephanie Rooker has been generating praise and shoring up an impressive resume since the release of her debut album, Tellin You Right Now, in 2008. She and the Search Engine have performed at New York's historic Blue Note, Blues Alley in Washington D.C. and the prestigious Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA. In March of 2010, she was selected to be an artist-in-residence with the John F. Kennedy Center’s esteemed Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. Spring tour dates for Stephanie Rooker & the Search Engine TBA.
14.Dec.2010*The Only Way Out is In* Now Available for Purchase Online!!
After a blessed born-day celebration here in NYC, it’s time for our new album to go out into the world!
To have seen this project, which began over a year ago as whispers of inspiration & tickles of creativity, evolve into a masterwork that none of us would’ve imagined is a true gift. We’re so excited to share it with you & hope that you get as much out of it as we put into it!
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VIA:
CD Baby, Amazon.com, & iTunes
See "Purchase" menu for links!
A BIT ABOUT THE ALBUM:
The Only Way Out is In bears witness to the power of self-discovery as well as the rewards that come from turning your attention outward. Rooker nestles her message of personal and societal rehabilitation in an impressive array of styles. “When We Gon’ Care" is a tense, slow-building spoken word number that finds her casting a skeptical eye on crumbling 21st century culture, dismantling everything from vapid reality television to a corrupt corporate health care system as the band pitches and rolls behind her. “What If" is smoky neo-soul punctuated by tight, stop-start breakdowns, burbling, Stax-inspired organ and languid, dusky horns. “Rise," with its darting bass line and lithe melody mines a deep, persistent groove. And the title track, with its slow, winding melody and pinpricks of guitar, is a ballad of perseverance and determination, with Rooker singing, “Move on, stay strong, eyes up, ear to the ground – it ain’t over ‘til you say it’s over."
Search Engine guitarist Ben Tyree – who’s played with everyone from Vernon Reid to Burnt Sugar, the Arkestra Chamber to TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone – produced the album, which boasts appearances from celebrated Bronx turntablist DJ Logic and organist John Medeski — who plays on five of the album’s 12 tracks.
22.Nov.2010Review in The Revivalist
Stephanie Rooker and the Search Engine Release Party
“It’s all soul music, because it comes from the soul," was one of vocalist Stephanie Rooker’s departing messages on the night of her release party. From the politically determinant beat boxer Chesney Snow, who was backed by a viola/violin/cello string trio, to Kalae ALLDay’s hip-hop/rock/soul outfit, and the Housing is A Human Right folks who gave a presentation about their collection of stories, Stephanie Rooker and the Search Engine’s album release was a damn-well dazzling celebration of human expression.
Rooker’s repertoire of songs, some channeling Mississippi blues, some channeling emotive rock vixens like Janis Joplin, some others channeling jazz songstresses like Nina Simone, and then the more nuanced of contemporary genre-bending artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, are all authentic expressions of who Rooker truly is. Rooker’s sojourn to Ghana, her formal jazz training, and her reverence for hip-hop are authentic to her experience as a singer/song-writer.
Backed by a funky band of killer musicians, The Search Engine gave the audience an entire track-by-track run through of The Only Way Out Is In. Rooker’s recorded album affixes the jazz tradition of heavy improvisation, with a funky party groove, and thickly emotive blues vocals with a hip-hop sensibility. Kalae and Chesney Snow came to help Rooker on stage for “Sellin Ya Soul" to add that extra dynamism to make up for the absence of DJ Logic and John Medeski who both recorded on the song for the album. What resulted was a flavorful punch of vocal layering. Rooker leading with her subterranean voice, and backup harmonization by Kalae, and Rooker’s sister Jen, Kalae’s rap verse, and Chesney’s vocal percussions.
As for The Search Engine, watching such a diverse ensemble play with such conviction is testament to the how transgressive, yet natural, music can be arranged now in the 21st century with the expansion of possibilities afforded to musicians. There is evidence of progress. Mamiko Watanabe commanded the keys on stage with the dexterity and seriousness of a classically trained musician. Ben Tyree’s sultry string of guitar melodies added a gentle layer to the otherwise heavy groove of the band, woven tightly into Kevin Farrell’s tremendous bass riffs, and Lawrence Quall’s drumming that was played with a fervor strong enough to carry that of all eight other members on stage. V Jeffrey Smith’s switch between sax and flute added the wonderment of the jazz and funk flavors that made The Search Engine’s songs come to life. Mark Williams’ flirtatious trombone blares added a playful back and forth with the vocalists, as well as creating the last level of depth that are responsible for helping to make the band’s songs sound so ripe. Guest cellist Will Martina also graced the stage to help Rooker deliver some contemplative ballads.
The Only Way Out Is In is a beautiful, profound and fun album. Rooker’s and The Search Engine helped articulate for a live audience many of the concepts and feelings that Rooker sought to convey in the recordings. Thematically the album is a celebration of self, and for the release, that’s exactly what Stephanie Rooker did.
Words by Boyuan Gao
19.Oct.2010Album Single "Sellin Ya Soul" Now Available for FREE Download!
For a limited time only -- "Sellin Ya Soul" feat. Kalae AllDay, DJ Logic, & John Medeski is available for FREE download via bandcamp.com.
"I'm deeply grateful to have worked with such amazingly talented & passionate artists as organist John Medeski, DJ Logic, & rapper/singer Kalae AllDay. They really took this track to a whole new level." - Rooker
05.Mar.2010Stephanie Rooker Selected to Participate in Kennedy Center's Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program!
We have some very exciting Rooker-related news to report:
Stephanie has recently been accepted to participate in the 2010 Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts!
Spanning two weeks, this distinctive and intensive program--which includes a great group of performances in the DC, Delaware, and Pennsylvania areas (see below!)--entails daily workshops, master classes, and rehearsals with the likes of Curtis Fuller, Carmen Lundy, and Chip Jackson.
Needless to say, this is really fantastic news! Stephanie is honored to have been given such a rich opportunity, and she's eager to get right down in it!
Before she leaves, though, you'll have the perfect opportunity to give her a great send-off (full of congratulations AND happy birthday wishes!) at the STEPHANIE ROOKER & THE SEARCH ENGINE (debut!) show at THE BITTER END (147 Bleecker St.) on FRIDAY, MARCH 12TH at 8PM!
See you there!
TOUR DATES - 2010 Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Residency Program
@ Howard University
Thursday, March 25 at 12:40PM
@ The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
Wednesday, March 24 @ 6PM
Thursday, March 25 @ 6PM
Friday, March 26 @ 10:30AM & @ 6PM
[The evening Millennium Stage concerts are free to the public, no tickets required, and will be broadcast live (and later archived) on the Kennedy Center website: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium]
Saturday, March 27
@ Miller Center for the Arts
Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 2PM
Part of Berks Jazz Fest. FREE Event.
For more information visit: http://www.berksjazzfest.com
04.Dec.2009Ailey's "Revelations" chorus again receives rave review!
Ms. Rooker is so pleased to be again among the ranks of the Alvin Ailey "Revelations" chorus, which received this critique in the NY Times today:
"The show’s anchor: “Revelations" of course...
And then it was time for “Revelations," Ailey’s seminal work. The story here was the live music, particularly the chorus. Conducted by Ray Chew, the singers lent soaring vigor and melancholy depths to these stirring gospel songs. Robert Mack, the soloist for “I Wanna Be Ready," was a particular highlight, infusing the traditional lyrics with a rough-hewn intensity as if overwhelmed by the beauty and power of the forces rushing through him."
- CLAUDIA LA ROCCO, NY Times
19.Jul.2009Rooker to Rock Revived Historic Theatre
When Stephanie Rooker brings her Brooklyn-based six piece band to the Pulaski Theatre on July 24, she will entertain in a venue where her father, Greg, spent a good many of his boyhood Saturday afternoons.
“It’s cool to be playing the theater where my father used to hang out 50 years ago," said Rooker. "Dad has often talked of walking downtown on Saturdays to enjoy the air conditioning and watch Saturday matinee serials as a boy. According to him it was uphill both ways," she says with a chuckle.
The theater has recently undergone a total reconstruction thanks to the stalwart volunteer efforts of The Friends of Pulaski Theatre. “I am honored to be able to participate in the reclamation of this wonderful local theater known as the jewel of Main Street," Rooker said.
The Pulaski County native has been building her presence in the New York music scene for the past five years and was joined by her older sister, Jennifer, who made the move to Brooklyn just this year.
“Jen and I got that sisterly blending thing going," Stephanie said. “She adds a new dimension to our sound and I’m blessed to have her in the band full time."
Since Rooker released her first CD last year to a packed house at New York City’s Cutting Room, she has performed at high profile venues such as New York’s legendary “Blue Note" and D.C.’s “Blues Alley." Her band opened for acclaimed jazz vocalist Rene` Marie--who called Rooker "an amazing composer with a unique voice & vibe"--at Roanoke’s Jefferson Center this past March.
While touring, the Rooker sisters raise money for local brain injury service providers, a passion for them since losing their 11-year-old brother to a brain injury. “We’re very much committed to raising awareness and a little cash for local brain injury groups," Rooker says. Passing a tip jar during performances in Virginia has raised several thousand dollars.
After Friday night’s concert in downtown Pulaski the band heads to the mountains of Floyd for a Saturday evening performance at Floyd Fest.
The Pulaski performance will begin at 7:30 and is priced at $10 advance and $12 night of the show. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Coffee Buy The Book, Martin’s Pharmacy and online at www.pulaskitheatre.org. Pulaski Theatre is located at 14 West Main St.
**This trip down to VA will also include--on Saturday, July 25th--Rooker's 2nd live performance on WDBJ7's Saturday Morning Show @ 8AM and at Floydfest @ 8PM!**
26.Jun.2009Rooker's 2nd ALBUM -- IN THE WORKS!
That's right! Ms. Rooker has begun recording sessions for her sophomore effort, tentatively titled "the only way out is in." The album is due to be released in 2010, so hold tight!
02.Apr.20091:30pm Interview on D.C.'s WPFW - Sophie's Parlor
Catch Ms. Rooker live on one of the longest running radio programs featuring female-only artists in the country--SOPHIE'S PARLOR on WPFW 89.3FM in Washington, D.C.
Host Andrea Thompson will interview Ms. Rooker about her upcoming debut at D.C.'s Blues Alley on Monday, April 6th and the local brain injury organization that she will be collecting donations for that night -- Brain Injury Services, Inc.
More on Sophie's Parlor at: http://sophiesparlor.blogspot.com/
20.Mar.2009Interview on NPR's WVTF 89.1FM
Interview by Gene Marrano
on Studio Virginia - 3/19/09
Ms. Rooker prepares to make her debut at Roanoke's Jefferson Center as a special guest of acclaimed jazz vocalist, Rene Marie. She speaks on raising awareness of brain injury in VA as well as her musical influences and background.
05.Mar.2009Mixing Soul-Jazz-Funk with Brain Injury?
Rooker & Her Brooklyn-Based Band Return to Virginia to Set Fire to a few Big Stages, Shed a Little Light & Sprinkle Some Cash on a Big Problem
What’s music got to do with brain injury? To Stephanie Rooker…everything. Radford native Rooker has been in New York, building her presence in the music industry for the past 5 years, but it’s not all song & dance to this “soul-and blues-crooning wonder" (C-ville: Charlottesville Arts & Culture). There are some issues at hand and at home. This March, Rooker returns with her band for their second tour through Virginia to continue raising awareness and funds for Brain Injury Awareness Month.
The tragic loss of Rooker’s younger bother in 1997, as a result of a brain injury, made an indelible mark upon her family as well as hundreds of thousands of people throughout the state of Virginia. When Fran & Greg Rooker, Stephanie’s parents, founded a non-profit organization in 1998, they initiated a domino effect of brain injury activism. The Jason Foundation, named for their son, sprouted Brain Injury Services of SWVA to provide case management and independent living skill services for brain injury survivors in a 22-county area in Southwestern Virginia. The Rookers pushed legislation, which generated state funding for brain injury, and established the nation’s first Center for Education and Human Services in Acquired Brain Injury at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
As they say, the apple never falls far from the tree…
After the release of her debut CD, Tellin You Right Now, to a packed house at New York City’s Cutting Room in March 2008, Stephanie Rooker brought her band down to her home state for the first time to perform a “hometown CD release party" at 202 Market in Roanoke. At that show, Rooker raised more than $400 in donations for Brain Injury Services of SWVA. That summer, the band returned for their first tour through Virginia, gracing the stages of IOTA in Arlington, Ashland Coffee & Tea, Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville, and Floydfest 7, as well as appearing on the “Saturday Morning Show" of Roanoke’s WDBJ7. At each show, Rooker passed a tip jar for a local brain injury organization. By the end of the tour, her performances had raised more than $1,400 in donations.
Since then, Rooker has been scaling the music-scene ladder quickly. “Listeners should expect the unexpected from Stephanie Rooker," says HotIndieNews.com of Tellin You Right Now. NPR station WVTF 89.1’s Charlie Perkinson calls Rooker "very, very much an individualist" and "a very, very fine vocalist…[who] really does lend a personal side to everything that she does."
With her increasing notoriety, Rooker has begun booking high-profile venues, including New York’s legendary Blue Note, the Jefferson Center in Roanoke and D.C.’s renowned Blues Alley. She will open for acclaimed jazz vocalist Rene Marie on March 27th in Roanoke, and will make her D.C. debut at Blues Alley on April 6th. Rooker intends for her 2nd VA tour to have an even greater impact in supporting the cause of brain injury. The spring tour also includes stops in Richmond, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.
12.Feb.2009Stephanie to open for Rene Marie @ the Jefferson Center
Please as punch, Ms. Rooker is, to be a special guest of acclaimed jazz vocalist Rene Marie. Both natives of Southwestern Virginia will share the stage at Roanoke's Jefferson Center on Friday, March 27th @ 8pm. Ms. Rooker's full band will be featured in the opening set--to warm up the hall for Ms. Marie.
The Jefferson Center is only one stop of Rooker's 2nd tour through Virginia. More dates TBA.
07.Jan.2009Rooker hits NYC's Blue Note
Ms. Rooker makes her NYC Blue Note debut on January 16, 2009 @ the Late Night Groove Series. Featuring her luscious 6-piece band & special guest, Gary Fritz on percussion - it promises to be an evening full of magic!
05.Dec.2008Alvin Ailey Chorus Receives Rave Review in NY Times
One Foot in the Present Season, One Foot in the Past
(excerpts -- see link for full review)
By ALASTAIR MACAULAY
"The other aspect was the quality of the live music in 'Revelations.' Here is the greatest theme of this five-week season: music. Eighteen performances will feature live music, including eight of “Revelations" and four of 'Blues Suite'...
This 'Revelations' was amazing to hear because it showed how many ways gospel, spiritual and African-American religious music can be sung. Authenticity isn’t the point: there are many mansions in this music’s house. Ella Mitchell and the Riverside Inspirational Choir have often accompanied “Revelations," as they will several times this season, and on Wednesday they were tremendous; in particular the beauty of Marion Moore’s singing in “Sinner Man" was the marvel I recalled from last year. Richard Smallwood, Lalah Hathaway, Darius de Haas and Billy Porter all made solo vocal contributions that were both individual and idiomatic.
And the operatic diva Jessye Norman, a singer I first adored in recital 34 years ago, sang “Fix Me, Jesus." Here and there you could hear the traces of the years in her singing — not every note is in tune, and some spread as they used not to — and always that high solemnity that has (sometimes absurdly) long characterized her art. Yet you could only marvel at the full-bodied purity of her voice: every part of her, from head to toe, seems to convert into perfectly focused vocal tone and to coolly commanding expressive vehemence. She made only a brief appearance at curtain calls, applauding the dancers, apparently laughing in delight to be a part of a night so historic. You must enjoy every moment of this. Who could fail to?"
17.Oct.2008Rooker to sing at Alvin Ailey
Miss Rooker is honored to be performing in Alvin Ailey's 50th Anniversary collaboration with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In December--for one week only--Miss Rooker and fellow members of the Riverside Inspirational Choir will join Mr. Marsalis & his orchestra with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for an unprecedented, live music celebration of America’s two great art forms - modern dance and jazz music.
04.Aug.2008Stephanie Rooker Selected to Perform @ Baltimore Music Conference
Ms. Rooker & her band have been selected to play in one of the featured showcases at the Baltimore Music Conference in September. In addition to musical showcases, this 3-day festival presents workshops, seminars, panels, and networking events for music fans, artists, and industry professionals. Ms. Rooker will be performing at the New Haven Lounge on Friday, September 19 @ 8pm.
10.Jul.2008Rooker Featured on Channel 56 - Manhattan!
THIS FRIDAY, JULY 11th @ 3PM
ON MANHATTAN PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL 56
& ONLINE @ WWW.MNN.ORG
Miss Rooker's band is being featured on 25 Years of Dance & Music, a TV series produced by video-journalist Jami Coleman. Live performance footage and band member interviews will air at 2pm on Time Warner channel 56 (in Manhattan) & online at www.mnn.org [click channel 56].
MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) is a non-profit organization that broadcasts programming on four public access stations in Manhattan. Its programs, both local to international in scope, reach up to 3 million viewers around Manhattan.
19.Jun.2008OLD DOMINION HERE THEY COME!!!
Miss Rooker & her band will be doing a week-long tour of Virginia during the last week in July!! The tour kicks off in Arlington at IOTA Club & Cafe on the 21st & finishes off nicely at Floydfest on Saturday, July 26th! The road'sa callin, y'all!! Check the SHOWS tab for more VA dates/details.
12.May.2008Rooker to play at Floydfest!!
Miss Rooker has been selected to play in the Emerging Artist Series at Floydfest -- a beautiful world music festival set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia! This eclectic event is an extended week-end of amazing performers & Stephanie is oh-so-pleased to be heading homeward to join them! Much thanks to Across-the-Way Productions!
10.Apr.2008Tellin You Right Now - Available Now on iTunes!
"Tellin You Right Now" is now available for digital download from iTunes!!
20.Mar.2008Tellin You Right Now - Available Now!
Tellin You Right Now - Stephanie Rooker's debut recording project is now available for online purchase!!
Just click the "buy the cd" link on the menu to the left to order your copy.
Digital downloads coming soon! Stay tuned!!
Here's what's been said about Tellin You Right Now:
"This music is brimming with hope. It's not a saccharine or unsubstantiated hope, but a wide-awake, insistent kind of hope…the kind that unites us, that reflects on our separations with wisdom and understanding, and reminds us to keep on lovin' one another."
"Supported by a 6-piece band of young, inspired musicians—all mavericks on the New York scene—from specialized backgrounds in jazz, reggae, gospel, and hip-hop, Rooker's songs are ripe with innovation and rounded by expertise. In Tellin You Right Now, Rooker harnesses this musical diversity, seamlessly blending colors and textures to make each track a unique combination of groove, heart, and light."