Published : Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 12:27 PM
Singer-songwriter and music coach Stephanie Spruill will be performing on Sunday, July 30, at The Rose in Pasadena.
Spruill is the founder of Spruill House Music School of Artist Development, Inc. in Pasadena, which offers a unique style of teaching, and addressing, the needs of professionals and future artists. She is the author of “17 Points to Longevity in Show Business” and is the recipient of a “Living Legend Award” from the city of Los Angeles. She is also the winner of a Global Peace Song Award for her original song “Shine.”
Spruill grew up in South Central Los Angeles, the third of nine children. Her parents loved jazz and gospel while she soaked up soul, pop and other strains among her peers. Stephanie had a natural affinity for drumming and rhythms but formally studied cello from elementary school to high school where she participated in musical theater as well.
Upon graduation from Centennial High School, Stephanie received a scholarship for music and theater at the Eddie Kantor Academy of Creative Talent then joined the African American ensemble Young Saints Academy of Performing Arts under Tommy Roberts and Evelyn Freeman. Here Stephanie gleaned her first major show business experience singing and dancing on television and on tour with Hollywood legend Danny Kaye, including a stop at the White House where they performed “When The Saints Go Marching In.”
“When I saw President Nixon’s guest the Duke of Windsor pounding his cane on the ground to my lead performance on the Edwin Hawkins Singers gospel hit ‘Oh, Happy Day,’ I knew right then and there that I had a gift,” Spruill fondly remembers.
Spruill is a cast member of the NAACP Image Award-winning show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” on Oprah Winfrey’s Network.
Spruill’s sold out performance at the Grammy Museum showcased her newly released CD “It’s a Jazz Day.” Stephanie was creatively involved in many Grammy and Oscar winnings, with her discography totaling over 1,400 recordings and hundreds of Gold and Platinum albums to her credit.
She toured the world with Julio Iglesias for five and a half years and has recorded with Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Glen Campbell, Billy Idol, Barbra Streisand, Gino Vannelli, Whitney Houston, Olivia Newton-John, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, and Neil Diamond, and has performed in numerous movies and commercials.
Her Spruill House Music School of Music and Artist Development, Inc. has enabled her to give back to the music community by providing a platform to educate and motivate students on the rigors they will face in today’s highly challenging work place. She has taught master classes as far away as Moscow while holding classes via Skype to students worldwide. She has musically mentored many including actress Meagan Good, comedian Sinbad and fast up-and-coming singer-songwriter Judith Hill.
Stephanie Spruill is a blissfully wedded wife and homebody to her husband Melvin, mother to her daughter Yolanda, and grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters.
Summing up her life and purpose, she states, “I love what I do and I’m not afraid to teach what I know because I know God is going to give me more.”
Tickets to her performance at The Rose are $25, $45 and $75. The music begins at 7 p.m.
For more information, call (626) 797-2429 or visit www.roseconcerts.com.
The Rose is located at 245 E. Green Street in Pasadena.