Stephanie White and the NJ Philth Harmonic

Stephanie White and the NJ Philth Harmonic

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Stephanie White's powerhouse vocals backed by a world class band, knocks audiences out with an array of truly original - eclectic jams. She's been compared to Joss Stone/Aretha Franklin and even Christina Aguilera - but her style is all her own. Check out the myspace - www.myspace.com/philthHarmonic

Biography

Stephanie White and Robbie LaFalce, Jr. are the founding members of Stephanie White and the New Jersey Philth Harmonic – a six piece Soul/Rock/Funk/Folk group from Essex County, NJ. Their debut album Knee Deep InSanity was independently released in October of 2007 and has sold over 1,000 copies to date. Previously, Stephanie was an award winning singer and finished as one of the top 21 females in American Idol’s season 5. Robbie was writing, recording and performing with his previous band and finishing up a degree in music education. Now, the two have converged on the same dream and have crafted some truly original and captivating music. Their sound has been described as a sort of “Joss Stone meets Dave Matthews Band” mash up of organic palatable pop.
Stephanie and Robbie regularly perform as an acoustic duo. Robbie plays acoustic guitar/piano and Stephanie melts audiences with her incredible voice. They perform both original music from their album (as well as unreleased) and a wide variety of cover songs.
A few of the most requested covers that they perform include;
“A Long Walk” – By Jill Scott
“Sir Duke” – By Stevie Wonder
“At Last” – By Etta James
Important facts;
• Since the album release on October 12th , 2007 the band has sold almost 1,000 copies of Knee Deep InSanity on their own and through their CDbaby page/Itunes/Rhapsody/etc.
• To date the band has over 5,000 unique friends on Myspace and growing.
• Presently there are several hundred fans signed up on the official mailing list and growing as well.

Currently they are booking for 2009 and are available in both acoustic and electric/full band form.

Lyrics

Girls Have Expenses

Written By: Robbie LaFalce, Jr., Stephanie White

You've been droppin dollars baby
Now pick up my bill of love

You bought me every thing I'd ever want
Now give me something I need

You give me nothing but your frozen looks
Now make me warm inside

You were supposed to be everything I'd ever want
You never see me in need

Cause girls have expenses
And one of them is love
If you don't pay off that bill - I'll cut your power

They say love is unconditional
I'm not too keen on that
I think I wanna be love for something
And a reason to be loving you back

Cause you are so selfish
And you step on my dreams
I'm sick and tired of my pretty face
Dragging me around this place

Yeah, girls have expenses
And one of them is love
If you don't pay off that bill - I'll cut your power

Time is expensive and you better wanna share
I think you better spend your time more wisely

I need your attention
Your sweet love and affection
Don't you know?
Girls have expenses...
And one of them
The most important one is love

And time... is expensive

I suggest you use it wisely.

You're Not Alone

Written By: Robbie LaFalce, Jr.

You don't know yourself
You sure as hell don't know me

You find your love
With your lack of ability

I can probe your mind
See your comfort in flaw

I know your stranded
Heart hardly hangin' on

Yeah, ah
You're not alone, not alone, not alone

I do it every time
Always a little too late

I should have told you...
We could've been great

You can change your mind
Give real love a chance

How could you handle?
Artificial romance?

Yeah, ah
You're not alone, not alone, not alone

Bogged Down

Written By: Robbie LaFalce, Jr., Stephanie White

Tryin' to keep my head above water
But I'm so bogged down
Tryin' to find the time to see you
But it can't befind
And every time I walk away
For some peace of mind
They're always staring back at me
Shouting- "Deadlines!"

I got a million windows
Not a single door
I gotta break some glass
Something I've never done before

I'm being pulled in all directions
Not enough to go around
Father time is using me
Like a jester, I'm his clown
And it feels like I'm drowning at sea
Like so much weight is on me
Taking me in

I got a million windows
Not a single door
I gotta break some glass
Something I've never done before
I got a million windows
Not a single door
Gotta break some glass
Something I've never done before

So bogged down
I'm runnin out of control
I've been so bogged down
My sprint is down to a crawl

On this uphill battle
Just keep on fallin'
But I pick myself up
And I keep on walkin'
Won't quit my challenge
Gonna make it through
Keep my focus through the chaos
And know what to do

So bogged down
I'm runnin' out of control
I've been so bogged down
My sprint is down to a crawl

So bogged down
I'm runnin out of control
I've been so bogged down
My sprint is down to a crawl

Teardrops

Written By: Stephanie White

I waited by the window for my knight in armor
To rescue me from my curiosity
He climbed up my tower
Clinging so clumsily
But he made it to the top, he gripped my hands he smiled and whispered to me..
"He said come with me my love, yeah"

Then the skies opened up
in your eyes
and it rained
down your cheek
to your lip
caught by my finger tip
Touch of silence the storm
with a kiss - a sun so warm
And she rescues him
Right back

I tossed and I turned from what I had just learned
My hero's tragic flaw
He told me a lie
And it hurt my pride
But he begged for my trust and said
"Never again, no I.... I made a big mistake
Don't let this complicate...
Give me one more chance to prove...
My love for you."

Then the skies opened up
in your eyes
and it rained
down your cheek
to your lip
caught by my finger tip
Touch of silence the storm
with a kiss - a sun so warm
Forgiveness did ensue
I won't let go of you

Then one dark day, he came
My prince masked by his shame
Cause he knew he couldn't stay.
But he rescued me...
Anyway......

Then the skies opened up
in your eyes
and it rained
down your cheek
to your lip
caught by my finger tip
Touch of silence the storm
with a kiss - a sun so warm
Oh yeah.

Then the skies opened up
in your eyes
and it rained
down your cheek
to your lip
caught by my finger tip
Touch of silence the storm
with a kiss - a sun so warm

It was the last kiss I knew
My last goodbye
To you

My last goodbye
To you

Discography

'Knee Deep InSanity'
1. Girls Have Expenses
2. Tough Enough
3. Teardrops
4. You're Not Alone
5. Sustain
6. Bogged Down
7. You Won't Believe
8. Here We Go Again...
9. Rogue
10. Did I Change You? [Bonus Track]

"Knee Deep In Sanity" is the first LP album released by Stephanie White and the New Jersey Philth Harmonic, a soul/rock band with elements of funk and ska. "We were really just looking to create something for people to get familiar with us and our music. It was the first group of songs we wrote together, Robbie and I, so there's no real theme to the album but it makes so much sense." The album features nine tracks, three of which were recorded acoustically in an old forge. Stephanie White and Robbie LaFalce began collaborating upon her return from Hollywood placing as one of the top twenty one overall women on American Idol, season 5. "I'd always wanted to work with him- he had a ska band, "The Miasmics", that played locally and I would go see them and just be amazed with his style of playing and then I found out he wrote much of the material. He's brilliant." The first song they wrote together, "Tough Enough," is a reflection of Stephanie's experience on Idol. "When I came home everyone was apologetic about my return and questioning what I would d o next. I told them I would make my own music and play for whoever would listen- you know- the way they used to do it. I can handle the pressures of the industry, I'm tough enough.
The most intimate song on the album is "Sustain," a rock ballad that displays the innocence and helplessness of losing a loved one to something uncontrollable. On writing the song, Robbie says: "My friend was going through a tough time, knowing that he would lose someone close to him to cancer. I wanted to write a song that portrayed the fear and realness of that experience."
Then there's the love songs- "Here We Go Again" and "Girls Have Expenses" are bluesy, R&B tunes that wail about the mistreatment of love. "You Won't Believe" is a light-hearted acoustic jam about finding your love that lives on the other side of the world- an experience Robbie found while traveling through Europe. "Teardrops" is a folk-waltz fairytale with an unhappy ending, a song based on Stephanie's first love. "Then one dark day it came/ my prince masked by his shame/ 'cause he knew he couldn't stay/ but he rescued me anyway." "You're Not Alone" is a rock jam about not being able to get through to someone because they put up their guard to the world.
"Bogged Down" is an up-tempo funk that deals with the pressure of everyday stresses. "Robbie started writing this one, and ironically enough, didn't have time to finish it. So I added the last 2 verses and we worked it out together. It's an encouraging song that everyone can relate to- everyone's racing against the clock at one time or another, or all the time."
“Rogue” is a track that Robbie wrote about a girl, by using an allegory of the Marvel Comic book character of the same name. It’s a punchy bluegrassy/pop song with a very acoustic flair, featuring upright bass and a beautiful soprano saxophone solo – Stephanie’s voice really shines as she tells the story of a woman too beautiful to be touched.
"Did I Change You" is the last track on the album. This fist-pumping disco song wails about an old love and questions whether the end of the romance was the reason for their ex's current misery. "It's amazing- the impact you can have on other people, so you have to wonder after a relationship ends, if you are the reason for that person's change in character."
What brings the album together is the incredible musicianship that all the band members bring individually to the table – putting their own flair on their own parts and making the songs come alive.

Set List

Originals:
Bogged Down
Girls Have Expsneses
Here We Go Again
You're Not Alone (Know Yourself)
Tough Enough
Try To Understand
Sustain
Did I Change You?
On The Run
You Wont Believe
Teardrops
Rogue
I Already Knew Your Name
I Don't Hate You
Fall In Love Again
Broken
Trying To Dream For You
And more...

Covers:
I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)
Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield)
Under Pressure (Queen/As arranged by Joss Stone)
Hold The Line (Toto)
Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
King of Wishful Thinking (Go West)
A Long Walk (Jill Scott)
Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
At Last (Etta James)
Get Thru This (Daniel Bedingfield)
I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)
Right Now (Van Halen)
Sunday Morning (No Doubt)
King Without A Crown (Matisyahu)
If I Can't Have You (Yyvonne Elliman)
Got to be Real (Cheryl Lynn)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)