Debut CD - 'Blessings'
Stephanie Devlin’s debut album features 12 beautiful hymns and songs, presented with gentle piano and strings accompaniments by producer Jonathan Rea.
The list includes classics like When I Survey and Holy Holy Holy, as well as Hillsong’s Worthy is the Lamb, modern hymns from the Getty and Sovereign Grace catalogues and Laura Story’s moving ballad, Blessings.
Stephanie’s classical and Celtic roots can both be heard in this album; she delivers the songs with a vocal that is both pristine in its musical precision and relaxed in its lilt.
Stephanie is genuinely passionate about communicating her faith through her music and sings with a natural purity which conveys the lyrics with exceptional clarity and gently persuasive power.
Belfast-born Stephanie is a classically trained singer, currently studying Music in Durham. Trained in the Kodaly education method, she is now in demand as a choral singer, and has sung with various choirs, including Belfast Philharmonic Youth Choirs, Ulster Youth Choir and Chamber Choir, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Priory Singers, Lux Chamber Choir, Concentio Chamber Choir and the Durham University Chamber Choir. She is currently a choral scholar with the chapel choir of St. John’s College Durham. Stephanie has also recently returned from singing in China with Voices of Ireland. As a soloist, Stephanie made her professional orchestral debut aged 11 when she performed Howard Blake’s ‘The Snowman’ in the Belfast Waterfront Hall, alongside the Ulster Orchestra. Stephanie has received vocal tuition from both Rebekah Coffey and Sally Burchell.
Another of Stephanie’s passions is composing; in 2016, she was appointed Composer-in-Residence with the Ulster Youth Choir, and has since been making a name for herself in this field. A more recent piece Stephanie was commissioned to write was a setting of the ‘Magnificat’ for the Girl Choristers of Durham Cathedral, to be first sung at the Church Music and Worship Conference in April 2018. She is currently working on a piece for the Strathearn School Chamber Choir, who won the 2018 Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year, under Heather McIvor. The piece will form part of the school’s 90th anniversary celebrations.