Stephanie Porter

Stephanie Porter

Musicians | Instrument: Vocals | Location: Seattle

Updated: December 29, 2023

Born: June 1, 1974

American Jazz Vocalist, Stephanie Porter was first heard nationally in the mid-nineties, reaching the top 100 Gavin National Jazz Radio Chart.  A world class vocalist with a rare contralto range, Porter has been on a total of 14-album releases, including her latest, “Radio Theatre”, where she penned seven original tracks. An album featuring multi-platinum trumpeter, Steve Madaio.  

Stephanie has shared stages with original jazz greats Ernestine Anderson, Buddy Catlet, Bob Hammer, Jack Percival and Red Kelly, to name a few.  She has also opened for contemporary artists, including Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Cameo, Kansas and more. As a special guest, Porter has worked with The Tacoma Symphony under the direction of both Harvey Felder and Sarah Ionnides, The Harry James Orchestra, The Radio Rhythm Orchestra,  The Full Circle Jazz Orchestra, SRJO and Roadside Attraction.  As a background vocalist, she has performed with The Steve Miller Band in concert. Stephanie also toured with Hit Explosion during the 1990's, a very popular dance band, booked regularly at Portland's Crystal Ballroom, The Seattle ShowBox, Fenix Underground, Kingdome and Key Arena.   

A long-gigging jazz singer with ensembles, Porter has toured and performed across the US and Europe, preferring to remain an independent recording artist, based in Seattle.  Singing in just about every club, festival, arena and theater in the PNW. Some of Stephanie residencies include the El Gaucho's “Pampas Room”, Tula's award winning jazz club, Belltowns 2218 and Red Kelly's Jazz Club, Tacoma, WA.  Headlining performances “New Years at the Needle” and “New Years at Chihuly Glass Garden”, “Bumpershoot”, and variable festivals, fundraisers and corporate events.  

Honors include the Earshot “Golden Ear” and IndieMusic.com's "Top 25 Best and Brightest Musical Artists", with recordings charting at #2 and #9, recognized by the International Association of Independent Recording Artist.

As a recording artist, Porter's music has been broadcasted on regular rotation for over two decades. Most notable releases include I Can't Get Started, He thinks that I'm wonderful, Cheek to Cheek, World on a String, Body and Soul, My Heart Belongs to Daddy.  A natural born jazz vocalist and entertainer, and artist that enjoys singing music of all styles.  A “first call” vocalist whose classic and unique voice continues to be a favorite feature for jingles, television shows, and motion pictures.  

Porter is true to the songs she sings, always honest with the audience listening, and enveloped in the creative process with her band.  KNKX's Nick Morrison described her as a favorite not only among jazz listeners, but among jazz musicians. 


Awards

“Earshot Jazz 2013 Golden Ear Seattle Jazz Award Northwest Vocalist of the Year”

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

THE IAIRA REPORT

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 ”

9/15/2010,  ARTIST: Stephanie Porter CURRENT RELEASE: How Deep is the Ocean?", CHART POSITION:2 

8/20/2010,  ARTIST: Stephanie Porter CURRENT RELEASE: How Deep is the Ocean?", CHART POSITION:27 

08/20/2010 , TOP 10 Notice DATE:  ARTIST: Stephanie Porter CURRENT RELEASE: "Love Me or Leave Me", CHART POSITION:9

Gear

BOSE, Mackie, Neumann 


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In 2003, Seattle jazz singer, Stephanie Porter released her debut CD, Mood Swings.  The CD presented Stephanie’s unmistakable voice, singing a selection of excellent songs from The Great American Songbook (like, Cheek To Cheek, Get Out Of Town and Misty). Her second CD, How Deep Is The Ocean, released in 2010, showed the world that she had grown tremendously as a singer and, here again, the songs on the disc were wonderfully-done standards. On her new CD, Radio Theatre, Stephanie Porter has taken a giant step forward.  She is now composing her own material. The majority of the songs we hear on Radio Theatre were written by Stephanie, and she already sounds like a seasoned pro.  It’s a classy set of songs that let us into Stephanie’s mind and heart.  In this KPLU Studio Session, hosted by Abe Beeson, Steph sings two of her compositions from the new release and wraps up the show with a light-hearted, breezy version of the old Isham Jones/Gus Kahn standard, It Had To Be You.  It’s always nice to hear time-tested songs like It Had To Be You, but it’s great to hear Stephanie Porter take another giant artistic step in what seems to be an unstoppable career.  ” - KNKX PUBLIC RADIO

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