Stephanie James, the Peabody-born songstress, is all set to perform at the prestigious Peabody Institute Library, marking a homecoming event in her burgeoning musical journey. The concert, part of the library's anticipated fall series, will take place on Monday, Nov.
13, at 7 p.m., showcasing James's remarkable blend of pop with a country twang that echoes the depth and power of vocal legends like Linda Ronstadt and the contemporary charm of artists such as Sara Bareilles and Norah Jones.
Her exceptional talent has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by her nomination for Pop Act of the Year at the 2023 New England Music Awards. James's connection to music is deeply personal and communicative. "Music is a bridge between souls, a communal expression of individual emotions that resonate with collective experiences," she muses.
Her debut album, "Unbreakable," released in 2020, was a collaborative effort with Grammy-nominated talents Jorel Corpus and Simone Torres, garnering significant acclaim. The subsequent release of her EP "Down" earlier this year set the stage for her anticipated spring album, a project currently unnamed but promised to feature an exhilarating collection of life-inspired tracks.
Stage Connections Unveiled
With a history of performances at notable venues like City Winery and Brighton Music Hall, James relishes the live stage for the unique and unrepeatable connections it fosters with each audience.
Her reflections on performance highlight the unpredictable and beautiful nature of live music, wherein "every concert is an exclusive interplay of energy, environment, and emotion." James's musical inception began in the corridors of her school, evolving through singing contests and vocal coaching.
It was during her tenure at Berklee College of Music that she ventured into songwriting, driven by her affinity for poetry and the desire to articulate her introspections into melodies. Leading a band in college, her evolution from a performer to a prolific songwriter was marked by endless rehearsals and recording sessions.
Today, James celebrates the cathartic power of songwriting. She describes her art as a means to process and share her life's chapters, finding joy and solidarity in the shared resonance of her music with fans who span diverse backgrounds.
Her upcoming performance at the Peabody Institute Library is not just a concert—it's a narrative of her artistic and personal growth, an invitation to experience the heartfelt synergy of her voice and vision.