Steeped in the tradition of country and folk music, with a distinctly contemporary, cinematic edge, Stefanie Joyce’s songs tell stories in images as much as sounds, weaving tightly crafted tales of sin, redemption, and everything in between. Stefaniefter four years of penning songs for other artists (such as Mary-Heather Hickman's viral hits "Baptist Parking Lot" and "Treasure"), she decided to embark on her own artist project, a rootsy, edgy collection of songs inspired by her love of classic country storytelling, red-dirt music, and a propensity to write things that "make people uncomfortable." Her debut EP, "Marlboro Reds & Motel Rooms," will be released May 2022.
LONG BIO HERE
Marlboro Reds & Motel Rooms
debut ep- may 2022
"I used to like Oklahoma, Marlboro Reds, and Motel Rooms..." sings Stefanie on "Tulsa," the track that the album derives it's name from. "Marlboro Reds & Motel Rooms" is a collection of songs that tell five stories of sin, redemption, and everything in between. Recorded at Station West in Nashville, dripping with pedal steel and fiddle, the EP showcases Joyce's vintage, gritty sound, with plenty of stripped back moments to let her lyrics shine through. 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.
LISTEN TO THE FIRST SINGLE HERE