Stephanie Tavares is a singer-songwriter who embarked on her music career the traditional way starting at an early age to study at the Ontario Conservatory of Music which established a solid musical foundation and discipline for her advanced studies in the prestigious “Jazz Vocal Program” at Humber College.
In her teen years, Stephanie participated in “open mic nights” to perform before audiences and develop her skill. In addition, she took part in local talent events such as “Canadian Music League” where she won first place. In other talent competitions she was awarded two second place spots at “CIRV-FM 88.9 Song Festival” and “The Johnny Lombardi Portuguese Canadian Singing Festival” on the CNE Band Shell stage before more than 3,000 cheering spectators.
In college she was a vocalist in the “Luis Mario Ochoa Latin Jazz Band” and the “Hilario Duran Latin Jazz Band”. Both big bands performed regularly in night clubs and at special events around Toronto throughout the year. It was two years of gaining performing experience.
In December 2004, Stephanie released her first recording with a Christmas song
titled,”Pure Innocence”. It’s heartfelt message and sentiments captured the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season. This single received airplay on several stations including CIRV-FM 88.9 and CHIN Radio
Stephanie followed with a five song EP release in August 2005 that was promoted to radio and was the forerunner to her full length CD album “Free“ in 2007. This release opened doors for her to perform at the “Ghana Expo Pavillion” and to be the special guest singer at the “25th Anniversary of Peniche Community Centre” where 1,200 plus people were entertained.
Through the years, she has performed across Canada and shared stages with international singers Roberto Leal, Jorge Ferreira, Joe Puga, Starlight, Michelle Madeira, Marcelo Neves, Andreynna and Sarah Pacheco. On television Stephanie worked in the chorus beside urban music stars Belly and Ginuwine on the “MuchMusic Video Awards.” Due to her continued success, she was invited twice in 2008 and 2012 to entertain at the CHIN Radio Winter Picnic at their destination location in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, much to the delight of the large audiences. She recently performed at “Noite Das Estrelas 2013” dinner and show fundraising event attended by 700 people at Ancaster Fairgrounds.
Today, Stephanie Tavares is a singer who artfully balances the contemporary style of pop music and grown-up sophistication of jazz, singing in a warm, welcoming, and self-assured voice. She delivers a variety song list that include: Can’t Help Falling in Love, Corcovado (Quiet Nights And Quiet Stars), Unchained Melody, My Funny Valentine, How High The Moon and other pop standards leaving audiences happy and entertained.