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Stephanie Porter Bio

Short Bio

West Coast Jazz Vocalist, Stephanie Porter was first heard by the masses, on the radio in the mid- nineties and became a favorite in the Seattle club scene, at performance halls and in festival venues.  A world class vocalist with a rare contralto range, Stephanie continues to perform nationally and internationally. 

Porter has had a total of 13-album releases, including her latest, Radio Theatre, an album where she penned seven original tracks. An album featuring trumpeter, Steve Madaio.  In addition to headlining, she has opened for for many groups including  Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan.  She has sung backgrounds in concert with The Steve Miller Band, and was a early member of Hit Explosion during the 90's, a popular dance band, booked regularly at Portland's, Crystal Ballroom, The Seattle ShowBox, Fenix Underground, Kingdome and Key Arena.  

Stephanie's vocal range and versatility allows her the rare ability to sing several music styles from jazz, soul, country to rock; although, her favorite genre is with the classic standards.  KNKX, Nick Morrison described her as a favorite not only among jazz listeners, but among jazz musicians. 


Long Bio

Stephanie Porter is a world class singer with a contralto vocal range.  Born in Seattle, WA, a Garfield High School Alumni and a third-generation music professional in the Pacific Northwest.

In 1909, Ms Porter's Sicilian Grandfather, Pietro Carrabba arrived in Washington State to perform with the Wagner's Band at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.  He was a revered maestro who's children (Lucy, Sal and Pete Carrabba) continued the tradition, during the busy Big Band Era, and for several decades as first call musicians with national touring artist.

Stephanie was raised around music.  Her Aunt Lucy Carrabba-Mitchell a talented pianist, began teaching her fundamentals as a youth.  Stephanie launched her professional career at 18, when she started singing Jazz Standards at various night clubs around the Seattle area.   She has held residencies at  Red Kelly'sTula's Jazz Club, The 2218 and The El Gaucho Pampas Room.  

National Public Radio Station KNKX (previously known as kplu) introduced Ms. Porter's voice to the masses with her 1st recording of Gershwin's "A Foggy Day" (featured on Pearl Django's 1997 release "New Metropolitan Swing ). This release enabled Stephanie to travel and sing in Europe.  She followed up with a Gavin Top 100 swing rendition of Cole Porter's classic, "My heart belongs to Daddy".  Stephanie has continued to record  as a indie-artist.  Her 2015 album "Radio Theatre" included seven original compositions penned by Ms. Porter.  "He thinks That I'm wonderful" featured a masterful trumpet solo from prolific, multi-platinum recording artist, Steve Madaio.

 “A long-gigging jazz singer” (excerpt by The Seattle Times), Stephanie Porter has performed at just about every club, festival,  arena and theater in the PNW.  She has been recipient of an Earshot Golden Ear Award for top vocalist.  That evening Earshot's Director mentioned it was the year of "The Peoples Choice".

In the 1990's Stephanie was an early member of Hit Explosion, one of the most popular Dance Party Bands on the West Coast.  During that time the band opened for Chaka Khan, Kansas, Cameo, Michael McDonald, Glenn Frey and many others.  

Stephanie is a natural born jazz vocalist and enjoys singing music of all styles.  Her voice has been used in commercial jingles, television and motion pictures.  A full throated voice that can also be airy and demure.  A style all her own with hints of Chris Conner,  Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day.  Stephanie is true to the songs she sings, always honest with the audience listening and enveloped in creativity with her band. 

Nick Morrison of KNKX described Stephanie as “a favorite not only among Jazz listeners, but among Jazz artists as well”. 

Album information: 

Stephanie’s first solo release of standards, “Mood Swings” featured several talented NW musicians with superb arrangements by Bob Hammer, known for his work with Charles Mingus.  

Her second release “How Deep is the Ocean”, is a brilliant showcase of her amazing talent as a vocalist, supported by a brilliant trio with pianist-composer Zyah Ahmonuel, bassist Dan O’Brien, and drummer Steve Yusen.  Love for sale reached #1 on the independent jazz charts and was selected for Indie-music Magazine Top 25 Songs For 2011 with others reaching the top 10.

Her latest release, “Radio Theatre” blends her lush vocals with intriguing rhythms, inviting the listener to join her on a journey through longing, love and loss.  Two tracks on the album feature renowned trumpeter Steve Madaio , known for his countless recordings with Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Bonnie Raitt and too many to name.  Radio Theatre fuses a sublimely fresh collection of original tracks and well-known standards. 

Recording collaborations include several with trumpeter/ producer Lance Buller; Portland based guitarist Christopher Woitach’s  composition “The Big Sleep”; background vocals for Contemporary artists Ryan Shea Smith’s classic “As long as I’m with you” and later with Nashville based country singer Callie Cash; original standards by writing team Steve Rice and Ken Morrison.  

Notable Recordings

Self-Produced Recordings / CD’s

  • 2015    Radio Theatre                        
  • 2010    How Deep is the Ocean         
  • 2003    Mood Swings                          

Featured Guest Vocalist Recordings / CD’s

  • 2012    Assorted singles - Steve Rice and Ken Morrison                                  
  • 2006    Alone Together - Lance Buller           
  • 2006    Dead men - Christopher Woitach    
  • 2002    Hipster’s Paradise  - LB
  • 1998    It’s Party Time - LB         
  • 1997    New Metropolitan Swing - Pearl Django   
  • 1996    Let the Good Times Roll  - LB

 Background vocals / CD's

  • 2012     Album:  Something About You - Calley Cash   
  • 2010     Song title:"As long as I'm with you"  - Ryan Shea Smith   
  • 2010     Song title:"While you sleep"  - Ryan Shea Smith  

Commercial and Jingle Work through Bear Creek Studios and Morrison/Rice Productions