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Stephanie Porter: press

Marius Nordal/ pianist / composer/ arranger/ journalist/ educator: “ Who would have guessed that such a major song writing talent was to be found in Seattle? Each one is a vivid little tone-painting depicting contrasting slices of life...in her own originsl way, Steph is following the lead established decades ago in the Beatles Sgt. Pepper recording...blues to Latin to autumnal ballads...all rendered in emotionally vivid, 3-D and technicolor...with opulent harmonies to die for. "Radio Theater" it is indeed!”

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Stephanie Porter stops jazz traffic with brand new ‘Radio Theatre’

It wasn’t too long ago that Seattle songbird Stephanie Porter captivated audiences old and new with her 2010 jazz standards album, How Deep Is the Ocean — her deep, luscious voice the perfect valve for the soft, sensual digressions. Long a staple in the Northwest music scene, Porter this past Saturday announced on her Facebook page the makings of a new album, one that pushed her as more than a covers singer but a songwriter.

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Dear Stephanie,

On behalf of Pacific Lutheran University and the Music Department, I extend our sincere appreciation to you and your group for performing at Jazz Under the Stars.  We had great turnouts this year, and some very lovely weather.   In addition to jazz lovers, there were local leaders, art representatives, and educators present.  Many had very complimentary things to say about your talented group.  In addition, the audience enjoyed the unique experience of hearing some of the Northwest’s finest musicians free of charge!  This could not have happened without your generosity.

Please extend our very best wishes and sincere thanks to the members of your group.   We appreciate your contributions to our successful jazz tradition at PLU, and hope to see you again in the future.

Regards,

Shirley

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Department of Music - Manager of Performance and Outreach (Aug 20, 2013)

 

"Jazz musicians love Stephanie Porter's voice"

Stephanie Porter is a name every musician should know. Her soulful voice has enchanted many in and around the Northwest.

The best vocalists are the most versatile ones, able to interpret the hell out of a song — be it R&B, the Great American Songbook, a little pop, a little pizzazz. A Seattle treasure, Stephanie Porter, is one of those vocalists, and one jazz musicians speak fondly of, not to mention recommend around town.

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Steph porterEarshot Jazz 2013 Golden Ear Seattle Jazz Award

Northwest Vocalist of the Year

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- Earshot Jazz Award (Feb 1, 2014)

 

"Stephanie Porter is one of freshest new jazz vocalists I've heard in quite some time. One of the things I like best about her is that her sound is totally her own; she doesn't sound like anyone else. (OK, maybe a little like the young Anita O'Day... but just a little.) It's going to be a delight to watch and hear her artistic growth in the years to come."

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Nick Morrison, Production Manager - KPLU

 

 

Stephanie Porter was born to sing Jazz. That much is evident from the opening of "Love For Sale" an excellent cut from her album How Deep Is The Ocean? Porter's vocals on the track are stunning as is the offbeat drumming. The song has a very open sound, at times just her voice and drums, though acoustic bass and piano are also utilized.

Porter can sing like no tomorrow to be blunt. She has stunning depth and range and never overdoes it or overstays her welcome. Her smoky vocals on "Love Me Or Leave Me" are haunting and totally geared for the song. It's quite easy to picture a 1930's Jazz Club covered in cigarette smoke with a bunch of gentlemen hoping to be lonely no more. I think I also picture Jessica Rabbit.

"How Deep Is The Ocean?" has a bit of swing and swagger to it with excellent piano and acoustic bass work even including a bass solo. Again, Porter's vocals are great and the musical arrangements are first class. It is truly a pleasure to listen to a nod to the distant past of American music that sounds genuine and sincere. And, what a voice to do it with. Truly outstanding
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                                                                                                                      Peter Braidis

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- INDI-MUSIC.COM (Sep 21, 2010)

 

 

Album "How Deep is the Ocean" wins Indi Music Top 25 for 2011 

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“How Deep Is The Ocean” #7 at Jazz store in Tokyo - February 23, 2011

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JAZZ TOKYO
Feature Story in Big Fun Entertainment, Arts and Leisure Guide - November 1, 2010 (Nov 5, 2011)

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"Rather than ensnare you with a lot of vivid adjectives, I'm just going to get right to the point... listen to this album! I mean it! I was and am in total awe with this woman's voice. It's something like Norah Jones with more harmonics, but more broad, more full and just spilling over with emotion. It's been a long, long time since an album has stopped me in my tracks so completely. Even if you don't claim to be much of a jazz vocals fan, at least give this a whirl. Stephanie Porter is not going to be "indie" very long. With an instrument like that voice, she's sure to be chasing the popularity of Diana Krall in no time. It's pure silk. Just listen."

 


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"Her voice took me on a melodic journey, twisting and turning up and down. One that without question made me smile in satisfaction. This is the artist you brag to fellow music aficionados about finding first. If you don't buy here music you can just wait a year or two and then catch her on the AMA or your local jazz station as she's more then able and certain to make her mark."

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Dear Stephanie Porter,

The International Association of Independent Recording Artists, IAIRA, recognizes and honors artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in sound recording by monitoring chart activity as published in various reporting charts from around the world. According to our research, on 09/15/2010 the above referenced release; Love For Sale, by Stephanie Porter, had attained The Number 2 Position on at least one of the charts monitored and verified by IAIRA. On the basis of that research, IAIRA has qualified the aforementioned release as eligible for Certification as an International 'Top 10'.

On behalf of the entire IAIRA staff and the Recording Arts Community at large, please accept our most sincere Congratulations and Best Wishes for your continued success!

Sincerely,

IAIRA Research Team

IAIRA Research (Sep 24, 2010)

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DAILY CHART POSITION UPDATE - TOP 40 Notice

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DATE: 08/20/2010

ARTIST: Stephanie Porter

CURRENT RELEASE: How Deep is the Ocean?

CHART POSITION:27

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DAILY CHART POSITION UPDATE - TOP 10 Notice

DATE: 08/20/2010

ARTIST: Stephanie Porter

CURRENT RELEASE: Love Me or Leave Me

CHART POSITION:9

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Dear Stephanie Porter,

The International Association of Independent Recording Artists, IAIRA, recognizes and honors artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in sound recording by monitoring chart activity as published in various reporting charts from around the world. According to our research, on 08/20/2010 the above referenced release; Love Me or Leave Me, by Stephanie Porter, had attained The Number 9 Position on at least one of the charts monitored and verified by IAIRA. On the basis of that research, IAIRA has qualified the aforementioned release as eligible for Certification as an International 'Top 10'.

On behalf of the entire IAIRA staff and the Recording Arts Community at large, please accept our most sincere Congratulations and Best Wishes for your continued success!

(Aug 20, 2010)