Wednesday, November 08, 2006
STEFY : in-depth (and contest)!
So I must confess, this band is REALLY growing on me. From the first second I heard "Chelsea", I was hooked. Now keep in mind, im no journalist and I don't have the best grammar so bear with me as i attempt to stumble thru the world that IS, Stefy.

They have a GREAT new song and video out titled "Hey School Boy". Its the second single off their debut album : THE ORANGE ALBUM.

Now, lets take a look at their official bio to get the full story on Stefy.

STEFY is a band with the energy of No Doubt, and an incredibly sexy front woman, Stefy Rae, who combines the brashness of Pink and the commanding stage presence of Debbie Harry. Rae is bold and captivating as the focal point of the electro-infused rock band, STEFY.

Whether singing about moving on from a torrid relationship, getting over a boy who is as fake as “Orange Crush,” or lamenting about a pair of teens in Orange County who lose their innocence too early, Rae's melodic voice has a subtle force, making it the only aspect of this band that isn’t totally in-your-face. With Sean Meyer (guitar), Jason Gaviati (keys) and Andreas Brobjer (drums), STEFY unleashes a barrage of pop hooks and electric rock energy on their album and on stage.

Rae credits her quirky, Bolivian grandmother who was also a singer, with inspiring her to pursue her dream.

"My grandmother is a wild child," Rae said. "She isn't afraid of anything. I remember her singing live on the radio all the time in Bolivia.”

"She is also a very strong person," Rae continued. "She came from another country with seven kids not knowing where they were gonna live, not knowing the language. Just packed up her bags and left. Her free spirit and strength is what inspires me."

Rae looked for that same sense of uniqueness in her band as well. Gaviati has performed with his own band and toured with Roc-A-Fella artist Samantha Ronson. Meyer was gigging whilst studying at Musicians Institute. Brobjer has gigged all around Europe. The trio brings an air of exuberance and fresh ideas to STEFY.

STEFY's debut album reflects the band members' myriad of talents. “Chelsea,” the first single, is a strutting electro-stomp about a “cold-as-ice” woman who stole the singer’s boyfriend and then poured salt in the wound when “She called me while you were kissing / So I could hear what I was missing."

On an album filled with danceable, pop tracks, STEFY shows their versatility on “Orange County” – an emotional, narrative song about two teenagers who get pregnant, drop out of high school and have to get real jobs. “It’s a ‘where have all the good times gone’ song,” Rae said of the track which highlights her vocals, featuring a sparse beat and melancholy keys. The lyrics question “the things we think that we need for our American dream.”

“I like those realistic songs,” Rae said. “Kids screw up, we mess up, and everyone’s singing about the fairy tales and no one is singing about the truth. I feel that writing songs that draw from what I have seen and experience in my life makes our music easy to relate to.”

Opening with swirling synths, "Orange Crush" is an upbeat, playful track. A ride on the new wave, the song about a boy who is about as fake as the drink, "Orange Crush" is a hook-laden, dance track with lyrics like "you're flat and stale / I had to bail."

Though their debut hasn't even hit stores yet, the producers of the Fox film John Tucker Must Die noticed STEFY's talent early on and hired them to pen a song for the upcoming movie starring Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti and "One Tree Hill" actress Sophia Bush. STEFY's "Fool For Love," about "a dorky girl who becomes popular and gets the cool guy to like her," will be featured in both the film and the soundtrack, as will "Chelsea."

As infectious as STEFY's songs are on their album, the band is twice as enthralling live. "When I'm on stage I want to give people a good show," Rae said. "I am inspired by artists like David Bowie and Prince - when they perform, they get into character - you wouldn't want to look anywhere else than right at the stage.”

"That's what I like to put into my shows," she added. "I roll around on the floor and just really go for it."

The embodiment of grit, guts and natural allure, STEFY is poised to thrash onto the music scene. After years of charging towards her dreams, Rae has earned the right to embrace her band's fans, treating them to an album of electric pop gems. And if anyone dares to doubt her, Rae says their criticisms just provide fuel for her musical fire.

“Don’t tell me I can’t do anything,” she says. “I’ll do it just to prove you wrong."






The 15 Seconds of Fame Contest with STEFY
Win a part in a STEFY music video and more!
(this contest is not being administered by SPARK*POP)

STEFY and Wind-up Records announced today the launch of “The 15 Seconds of Fame with STEFY” contest on YouTube. The contest delivers the opportunity for STEFY fans and/or anyone with a video cam to submit their most creative and outrageous dance moves for a chance to be “cut” into an exclusive version of STEFY’s “Hey School Boy” music video. The video will be aired during a half-hour MTV2 special featuring STEFY on December 27th, 2006 (check local television listings for details*).

This half-hour broadcast titled “STEFY: The Orange Special,” is made possible by a winning bid made by Wind-up at a recent charity auction benefiting LIFEbeat, an organization “dedicated to reaching America’s youth with the message of HIV/AIDS prevention. LIFEbeat mobilizes the talents and resources of the music industry to raise awareness and provide support to the AIDS community.” Wind-up Entertainment is proud to have been in a position to support this organization.

To enter, simply visit the www.Stefytheband.com site for more info and to download “Hey School Boy” audio and read the official rules. Then videotape yourself as the dance king/queen you are to “Hey Schoolboy,” and upload your video clip to STEFY’s YouTube Group (http://www.youtube.com/group/15secwithstefy). The open submission period for fans to upload video begins today November 7th and will run through November 27th.

Submissions complying with the contest rules will be posted to STEFY’s YouTube Group where STEFY and Wind-up Records will select the five winners.

In STEFY’s “Hey School Boy” video, singer Stefy Rae auditions “school boy” hopefuls, who deliver their best moves as she watches from her armchair. In the fan-version of the video, Stefy receives portions of the five winning video clip submissions to her Nokia 5300 mobile phone, which is featured on-screen. This special edition of the “Hey Schoolboy” video will then premiere on MTV2 during the band’s half hour special on December 27th 2006.* Fans will also be able to watch and share the video on YouTube and www.stefytheband.com.

One Grand Prize winner and four finalists may have their video clip incorporated into this exclusive fan-version of the “Hey School Boy” music video. The Grand Prize winner will also receive the chance to be filmed for a future STEFY music video and receive a Nokia phone pre-loaded with STEFY music and videos. The four First Prize winners will each receive a Nokia phone pre-loaded with STEFY music and videos. See official rules for details.

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