I wanted to share some info with you all, very randomly and as I see fit… It can be some music, or a thought, or a newstory or a theme or whatever really… So please enjoy and feel free to comment! This is new to me, but I find it very fun…Oh and below is a bio with more information about me…
Stacy Epps|Lyrical Healer
A true rare groove vocalist and emcee delivers heavy messages that flow like a summer breeze over hard- hitting beats. Stacy Epps breathes solar winds through Atlanta’s progressive soul scene. Raised in a military family, Stacy started her career equipped with an inviting global perspective, vintage earrings from her grandmother’s collection, and a law degree from the University of Southern California
In ten years she’s established a globally reaching reputation for sonic excellence in the underground hip hop community. Epps is on a mission to see how far the music can spread through truly independent efforts. The people are the catalyst. Through direct contact and physical distribution she is embarking on an experimental release of her debut solo album “The Awakening” this summer, through her label Japanubia Musik, LLC.
You may have heard her as half of the jazzy rap duo Sol Uprising. She also works with some of the underground’s illest scientists: Madlib, MF DOOM, OH NO, Wildchild, J Rawls and Scienz of Life. Her sensually sophisticated singing is only topped when she grabs the mic to rhyme with the precision of Bahamadia, of whom she and femcee Invincible toured Europe with on the Sistas in Rhyme Tour in December, 2006.
“Though rain has cleansing properties, I really love the sunshine,” says Epps. Intermingled with the ruggedly spotless beats of Apex, Diamond D, Jay Dilla, Kareeim Riggens and Everett James she smoothly blends her urban alternative vocal style. Stacy’s approach is a heavily enchanting sound that delivers a brilliantly clairvoyant vibrato. Engineers elegantly intertwine her floating voice with gritty boom-bap gems. . This gives her work a dreamlike quality that never seems to overpower the beat, as Stacy Epps grooves mystically through it.
Stacy Epps possesses an astute talent for insightful rhyming, what she calls the, “ultimate divine form of communication.” By lyrically wielding a heavy Uzi for injustice and mental captivity, Stacy remains connected to the pioneering messages of mental captivity, Stacy remains connected to the pioneering messages of Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, Bob Marley, Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, and KRS-One. She refuses to compromise her ideals to progress professionally. Stacy Epps represents her sistas well by reminding them of their natural glow, encouraging them to love one another, and to support their brothas in the struggle for wealth of character.
The spiritual essences of Alice Coltrane, mixed with the abstraction of Bjork, the spaciness of Radiohead and the drums of J-Dilla, her musical menagerie is packed with influences as diverse as her heritage.
Stacy moved to Atlanta after graduating from the University of Virginia with BA’s in African American Studies and Sociology in 2001. About the same time she rocked studio sessions with producer Tariq L and rap group Scienz of Life’s sophomore release, Project Overground. Here, she found a complimentary vision with Scienz member Lil Sci. The pair formed the innovative group Sol Uprising while Epps worked through law school at USC. West coast hip hop fans welcomed Sol Uprising’s consciously chill mission for progressive music. Particularly, Epps’ avant-soul style impressed MF DOOM, who featured her on King Geedorah’s Take Me to Your Leader (Big Dada, 2003) and the song “Eye” on Madvillainy with (Stones Throw, 2004) albums, respectively. She is continually requested to guest-feature on various projects including albums by Jneiro Jarel & Shape of Broad Minds, Jazz Liberators, Wildchild, and Cris Prolific.
But she won’t stop with just guest appearances! Her expression of love and light shine through on her forthcoming album The Awakening. With blends of forward-thinking hip hop and soul, she hopes the world can feel the divine energy. The Awakening is slated for release in summer 2008, featuring the single “Floatin” produced by Apex.
Naturally, she wants to continue sharing her gift of avant-garde music to fans across the globe. Her plans include travels to Europe for album promotion and community work. Ultimately, Stacy Epps wants to make her impression on the world by creating networks and professional opportunities for youth using music and other arts. She envisions opening a holistic healing center, establishing mechanisms for independent artists to build sustainable business, and fostering unity within the independent music community, world wide.
“Its all about legacy, leaving something behind for the future generations. I want to help the leaders of tomorrow as the ancestors have helped me move forward on my path. My goal is to promote healing and change through music, and I will always stay true to God’s Gift, for it is a blessing. Please enjoy, it is a humble offering from the heart.”