Singer and song writer Stephanie Fagan is a young married lady from Florence, South Carolina who started her musical career as a member of an exclusively-female folk group "Flowers By Gert. Her first achievement as a solo singer was her debut album "For Your Ideas Earbone" in 2009. Since then, she and her husband-soldier traveled to Germany where he was quartered in barracks for his last assignment.
That move has not stopped her to continue composing songs with the aim to record a second album. There's Stephanie Fagan now passed since we got a brand new copy of the new album "Heart Thief" which she wrote 12 new songs and recorded.
Substantive blasting the lyrics more maturity than on her debut album and its songs inspired by everyday life speak more directly to the listener than before. Her honeyed voice brings the songs to a sweet, almost melancholy manner and the numbers received by producer Missy Davis Jones a full and professional orchestration with the American recording studio in Florence.
We have selected for you a list of our favorite tracks from these 12 songs. Our warm recommendation reads as follows: folksong "Writer's Block", the ballad "Beautiful Man" and "Spring", it is only through dobro guided acoustic song "Prodigal" banjo- and country songs "You Are the Devil" and "Sweethearted" the delicious rippling country rocker "the Diner Song" and the emotive "Two Strangers" which only acoustic guitar and pedal steel to provide musical accompaniment.
As a singer, we can compare it with the best bits of Sarah McLachlan, supplemented with elements of the crystal clear voice of Natalie Merchant. But it is especially Stephanie Fagan himself who convinces with these songs on her album "Heart Thief" and has therefore been awarded a place in this folk and Americana music will be able to enforce.
- Valère Sampermans, Rootstime.be