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Living in the post-millennium era of bootylicious videos and plastic grooves, the death of soul music has been greatly exaggerated. Bronx, NY native Stephanie McKay has managed to garner international praise from critics and fans alike with her powerful urban poetics, which effortlessly combine soul, hip-hop, funk and rock. Known from touring the world with the Brooklyn Funk Essentials and having performed with the likes of diverse artists such as Roy Hargrove, Kelis, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Tricky, in 2003 Stephanie McKay teamed up with producer Geoff Barrow of Portishead for her debut CD.
Released in the UK, the album immediately garnered the praise of music critics over the pond. The Guardian raved that Stephanie McKay's debut was "resurrecting the passion and pride of politically conscious and eternally lovelorn ladies of late-1960s, early 1970s soul, McKay shines bright," while MOJO boasted Stephanie McKay is "extraordinarily eclectic" and her album was "...a coherent artistic statement and definitely worth investigating." Her fall 2006 self-titled EP (Astralwerks) marked McKay's US debut. Containing 5 songs, the EP included tracks from her forthcoming release, "Tell it Like it Is," as well as tracks from her first album. American audiences finally got a taste of what UK fans have been praising for some time. And to experience Stephanie McKay live is the real treat. Her performances are pure passion. She is dynamic, soulful and full of showmanship. Not to be missed!