Her drawling vocal is an arrow of truth”

ROBERT OOERMAN, MusicRow Magazine

One of the best debut EPs of 2022, Stefanie Joyce's "Marlboro Reds & Motel Rooms" should impress fans of story-driven material while upping her profile in alt-country circles, with Joyce applying lessons learned as a Nashville songwriter to songs that better reflect her interests in Southern literature and Biblical metaphors than anything she'd pen on Music Row.”



Steeped in the tradition of country and folk music, Stefanie Joyce's songs take an unapologetic, hard look at the grit of life, blending keen lyrical observation with her signature tongue-in-cheek humor. From sin to sadness to small-town hypocrisy, she is unafraid to sing about uncomfortable truths, much like her icons Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, and Evan Felkner (Turnpike Troubadours).

Stefanie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Nashville in 2017. After four years of penning songs for other artists (such as Mary-Heather Hickman's viral hits "Baptist Parking Lot" and "Treasure"), she released her debut EP Marlboro Reds & Motel Rooms  in 2022.  Idle Hands, the lead single, went viral on TikTok and amassed six-figure streaming numbers as well as placement on editorial playlists and coverage in MusicRow Magazine, Saving Country Music, and Wide Open Country. 

Currently, Stefanie has a full-band residency at The Underdog in Nashville TN, as well as regular dates at iconic venues such as The Listening Room, The Bluebird Cafe, and City Winery. She is planning Pacific Northwest and Texas Tours for Summer 2023. 

marlboro reds & motel rooms: debut ep

"I used to like Oklahoma, Marlboro Reds, and Motel rooms..." sings Stefanie Joyce on Tulsa, a meditative, pedal-steel laced ballad on her debut EP. Marlboro Reds & Motel Rooms  is a collection of songs that tell five stories of sin, redemption, and everything in between. Produced by Kyle Manner at Station West Studios in Nashville, dripping with steel and fiddle, the EP showcases Joyce's vintage, gritty sound, with plenty of stripped back moments to let her lyrics shine through. The lead single Idle Hands has already amassed almost one million views on TikTok and six-figure streaming numbers.

While Joyce counts red dirt music and bluegrass as major influences, her years spent penning songs for other artists on Music Row give a distinctly Nashvillian clarity to her writing. But don't let this fool you into thinking the album is a folksy take on feel-good radio music. The subject matter is dark; the characters in her songs are fallen, desperate, consumed with vice. Some find elusive moments of redemption; most do not.