Stephanie Rose grew up in the small community of Debden, Saskatchewan, Canada (population 350) with her parents and older brother. The family farm provided the backdrop for much of her country music lyrics.
Reflecting on her singer/songwriter inspiration, Stephanie recalls, "Living on a farm seems to bring an abundance of homegrown experiences. I got first horse when I was 5 so my mom and I spent countless hours riding and just having fun. Diamond, my horse, is 23 years old and although she's slowed down a bit on the barrels and gymkhana events, she still has enough fire that she'll unseat me if I'm not paying attention," she laughs.
Small town life means being involved with almost everything from sports to theatre as well as many church and school activities. Rose was usually the smallest one on the sports teams she played for. This maybe produced that fire in her eyes to be a strong competitor and that spark that would never give up. Though small, she played 10 feet tall. An accomplished soft ball player, a tenacious hockey player winning numerous provincial titles, or an aggressive broomball player, Stephanie Rose tried to do it all and loved to compete no matter what the odds.
Unknown to many, Stephanie was also developing her musical talent. At age 9 she got her first guitar. As both her parents worked off the farm, Stephanie would get home after school and spend at least 2 or 3 hours everyday learning to play the guitar while singing along to her favorite country artist.
She recalls, "I was always so busy with horses, sports and school activities that coming home and playing my guitar and singing was a great way to slow things down and unwind."
Stephanie's public singing began in her church, as she became part of a worship team. Then, in grade 11 at age 17, she surprised everyone by singing at a school function. After hearing her sing, the principal at school encouraged her to compete in a nearby city that asked young people to write and perform their own music. Although she didn't win the competition, she did recieve overwhelming support and encouragement from the organizers. The ball began to roll and she found herself singing at hockey games, school graduation, church services, fundraisers, and many community functions.
"I'm so thankful for growing up in a small community because I've had such a loyal group of people cheering me on - I see them in the crowd and it just puts a smile on my face."
After graduation in 2012, Stephanie attended Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia to pursue a Major in Theatre as well as playing on the women's hockey team. School was good, dorm life was good, but she missed her music.
After one semester, she talked it over with her parents, and decided to come home and throw her energy into starting a music career. With this goal in mind she came home and started singing and practicing even more.
Not knowing anything about the music business, Stephanie's mom entered her in a cross-Canada country music search, hosted by Global Country; an organization committed to finding and developing country music artists in Canada.
In May 2013, at age 18, she traveled to Edmonton and found herself winning the Global Country competition, and it was there that the doors started open for her career. Through Global Country she went to Nashville for the first time. After taking in the sights and sounds of Nashville and getting a tour of the music business, she competed again but this time in Pigeon Forge, TN. She won her age category again and was titled NACMAI's 2014 International Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.
While in Nashville, she met producers, RyLee Madison (East Coast Music Award Winner/ Nashville Songwriter) and Clay Krasner (Nashville session bass player/ Terri Clark touring bass player) of 7-17 Music, who encouraged her to put all her energies into writing and singing. Stephanie went back home to Canada to work on her craft.
After a year of working with her Nashville producers, this young artist released her debut album EP - Go Where The Wind Takes You - in 2015.
Stephanie Rose has been currently traveling back and forth from Nashville working on a new project.