Stephanie Haffner

Stephanie Haffner

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brutal funny political folkpop songstress; acoustic, electric, spoken word -- "an artist with a biting sense of humor who's not afraid to turn it on herself" -Stockton Record

Biography

Folkpop songstress Stephanie Haffner shares brutally honest, wickedly funny, excellent original songs about boys, girls, coffee, anxiety, redevelopment, suburbia, rock-n-roll & all manner of real life — all presented with fine guitar work and (according to fans) flat-out beautiful voice. Stephanie started composing songs at a wee age when she would walk the “99 acres” between the Gallup NM school bus stop and home, singing to herself. She fell into writing songs down during a break from studies at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and quickly began building a following around the SF Bay area. After law school, she found herself in the CA Central Valley community of Stockton, contributing to Stockton and Sacramento music scenes by hosting open mics, songwriter shows, and queer & grrl-friendly productions - all while holding down her day job as a fearless legal aid lawyer.

In November 2003 Stephanie self-released her second CD - Sub Urban Poet: the Lawyer Songs - to a sold out party at Sacramento's beloved True Love Coffeehouse. Love of girls and music convinced Stephanie to move to Long Beach in July 2004 – where she alternately takes time out to recover her artist's soul and obsessively explores Los Angles County’s fertile musical turf.

Stephanie’s music benefits from years of training in piano, guitar and violin, madrigal singing, and -- since elementary school -- participation in every chorus she could find. None of this training, though, explains her comedic sense of timing. It’s this package of wit, skill and unabashed honesty that’s captured progressive, political, queer and not-so-queer supporters around Northern, Central and Southern California, & beyond.

Some associations of note:
Indiegrrl Performing Member January 2005 - present
Member, Folk Alliance 2002, 2004
Member, PASA (Political Artists of the Sacramento Area)
Host/MC 3rd Saturdays at LLACE, Queer Performance Open Stage, Sacramento, 2002-04
Host/MC, 2002 & 2003 Summer Music Series, The Open Book, Sacramento
Performing member, DivaBands, SF Bay Area indie women musicians, 2001-02

Discography

Sub Urban Poet: the Lawyer Songs (Gorgeous Giant Music 2003) -- available through CD Baby, Tower Records, The Music Box (Stockton)

Are You the One? (Gorgeous Giant Music 2001) -- available through CD Baby, Tower Records,
the Beat (Sacramento), the Open Book (Sacramento), the Music Box (Stockton)
Forthcoming: "Claudia" on "They're From Here" (compilation of former Sacramento artists)

Airplay:
Radio Free Berkeley
KKUP Cupertino CA
KZFR Chico CA
KAOS Olympia CA
Town and Country Radio Show, New Zealand
'Nette Radio (Internet)
Voice of Vashon Vashon Island WA
ArtistFirst Radio (Internet)

Most popular tracks per digital sales:
Kiss Me (from Are You the One?)
Las Vegas (from Sub Urban Poet)
Arizona (from Are You the One?)
Hey Baby (from Sub Urban Poet)

Set List

Sets range from 20 to 120+ minutes
Preferred set length: 40 minutes

Typical sets include originals from both albums, unrecorded originals, and a few choice covers.

Sample set list (Molly Malone's, Los Angeles, 12/04, 40 minutes):

Not a Folksinger (acoustic)
Las Vegas (acoustic - finger-style)
Girl from Alabama (acoustic)
My City (the mayor's song) (acoustic - finger-style)
Some Connection (acoustic)
Make Me (acoustic)
Turn off the Century (Cindy Lee Berryhill) (electric)
New Years Day (spoken word)
Hey Baby (electric)
Hallelujah (electric)
Listen to the Band (electric)
Arizona (electric)
Are You the One? (electric)

Other frequently played originals include: Comic Book Love, Kiss Me, Fog Forever, Claudia, If the Song isn't in the Key of D..., Can't Sleep, Teenage Lush, Under the Kitchen Table, etc.

Favorite covers include: Come Together (Beatles); You've Placed a Chill in My Heart (Annie Lennox); Take Me to the River (Al Green); Secret Admirer (Michelle