Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Folk-infused Tori Amos meets indie-style Regina Spektor with quirky overtones.

Biography

"Stephanie Rogers is at once a deep-rooted soul sister and an ethereal, multi-instrumental songstress whose sound evokes the passion of Tori Amos, the be-bop chill of Rickie Lee Jones, the thoughtfulness of Regina Spektor and the siren of Kate Bush. Her dynamic range and vocal style are welcoming, memorable, and delivered with a top-notch infectious approach that leaves the audience longing to hear and learn more about her."

"From the first few notes sung, it becomes very clear how powerful a vocalist Stephanie Rogers is....(Daisy Petal In The Dirt is) a spectacular showcase of her talents." Heath Andrews, reviewer.

"Rogers, who founded Hipchick Records in 2000, is known for her clever lyrics, quirky humor and soulful melodies. After performing in the alternative rock scene around Chicago in the early 1990s, she moved to Los Angeles to act. She learned how to play guitar, moved back Chicago and started Hipchick Records. After spending 10 years as a full-time mom, she's returning to the music scene with her new album, 'Daisy Petal in the Dirt.'

Daisy Petal In The Dirt "is a strong showing of a very talented singer/songwriter with an ability to craft unique music that never forgoes being listenable..." Lilli Kuzma, Chicago Sun-Times reviewer.

By Stephanie:

I came to music after having cancer. I was an actress living in Los Angeles, doing commercials and small parts in tv and film. Then I had an epiphany while I was enduring a hospital stay. I knew I wanted to sing my stories. I packed up my car, came home to Chicago, and studied music seriously.

I always used music to help build my characters as an actor and even sang in a few bands during and after college. I loved funk and edgy rock, but also artists like Rickie Lee Jones and Aimee Mann, in addition to soul singers like Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. I never thought I'd be good enough to actually join a professional band, however it was a dream that became a reality after a life-threatening illness changed my mind about limitations. I sat in that hospital bed and told my friend Andrew: "I am going to sing." And I did.

Now I am a professional musician leading two different bands in Chicago (and singing freelance with other bands). I've produced three cds on my personal label, Hipchick Records, and I play every week around town. My new record is my baby. It took three years to make and was produced in Nashville by the very talented Nelson Hubbard. I love what he did with the songs. I had recorded the whole thing in Chicago and wasn't happy with the sound, so I searched for four months to find Neilson, then re-recorded the whole thing in early 2011. More information about the recording process for "Daisy Petal In The Dirt" can be found on my blog (see link at the bottom of this page).

Lyrics

Hand of a Rebel

Written By: Stephanie Rogers © 2011

HAND OF A REBEL (S. ROGERS 2011)

I’m no good at numbers
Lost out on the word
Got high on the hog then
Kicked to the curb

I’ll never be martyred
Witha half-opened heart
For any chance at atonement
That comes about

So put your hand in the
Hand of a rebel
Wrap your heart
In this blanket of sin
I may be impaired but I’m
Looking to mend

Put your hand in the
Hand of a rebel
Wrap your heart
In this blanket of sin
Made a fool of myself
And I’ll do it again

Stopped going to masses
Sat it out on the fence
Talked it over with God
Who took no offense

Never follow a standard
Gotta break a few rules
But I’d toe any line
To be with you

So put your hand in the
Hand of a rebel
Wrap your heart
In this blanket of sin
I may be impaired but I’m
Looking to mend

So put your hand in the
Hand of a rebel
Wrap your heart
In this blanket of sin
Made a fool of myself
And I’ll do it again

I know I have blundered
I’m flawed like a jewel
But I’d lay my life on the line
To save you

So put your hand in the
Hand of a rebel
Wrap your heart
In this blanket of sin
I may be impaired but I’m
Looking to mend

Put your hand in the
Hand of a rebel
Wrap your heart
In this blanket sin
Made a fool of myself
And I’ll do it again

Put your hand in the
Hand of a rebel
Wrap your heart
In this blanket of sin
Boy I’m gonna love you
Til the bitter end

Yea I’m gonna love you
Til the bitter end

Veil Upon The Mantle

Written By: Stephanie Rogers © 2011

VEIL UPON THE MANTLE (© s. rogers 2011)

Can’t make a heart not break
Can’t raise a fallen angel
Or act like everything will be okay
Inside a hospital

She sat below the stage
Cast in a stream of sunlight
Sang along, scarf covering her head
Like a veil upon a mantle

Will it away
Surrender the fray
The longer you stay
The more I need you

Your story fills the page
Though you are only seventeen
Every small emotion you convey
Knows mortality

Will it away
Surrender the fray
The longer you stay
The more I need you

How does this drama undo
Who’s gonna see it through
Pick the missing pieces of you and fly

I wanna lift the veil
Wanna raise the truth
Let hair grow back again
Let dreams come true

Will it away
Surrender the fray
The longer you stay, the more of you, the more you…

Old Men

Written By: Stephanie Rogers © 2011

OLD MEN (S. Rogers 2011)

Old men in grey jackets
Paying their monthly rent
Tired eyes and hunched back
On concrete pavement

The rain’s come back
The winter cleared way
The Yankees, The Cubs
How’s the weather today, today

Young guys walk right by
Don’t even notice the view
Or those still smiles and wide eyes
Reminiscing old school

This winter was rough
Had to turn the heat up
Reminds me of ’51
Saw DiMaggio play
His final game
On the black and white Magnavox

Do you think that time is yours to hold
Do you think life stays so good
Just when you think you’re living for today
It all goes away, it all goes away

I find it kinda funny
That I am as old as I am
Always thought people this age
Were wholly uninteresting
Now I’m a wife and I’m a mom
I guess this is middle age
I drive a car, I live in a home with lots of shit I don’t need

CHORUS x2

Old men in worn coats
Shuffling the pavement
Tired moms drive new cars
Sounding their lament

Discography

"Daisy Petal In The Dirt" (2011)
"Your New Life" (2004)
"Not To Keep" (2001)

Stephanie Rogers is a spotlight local artist on Chicago's WXRT and is also featured on several streaming stations, including Chicago's WBEZ Public Radio, WDCB Public Radio and Phase Radio: https://www.facebook.com/phaseradio.

Her band has also been featured on several Chicago and national television stations, incluing ABC and WGN.