"One of our country's top harpists" -The Hollywood Reporter
bio & credits discography
Stephanie Bennett has performed in the United States, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Panama, France and Switzerland, including solo harp performances of her own compositions at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), as a guest artist at the International Music Seminars in Montpelier, France, and at the International Conference on Women in Music. She has performed for President Obama, the President of Israel, and the President of Ireland.
Stephanie lives in the Los Angeles area, where she composes, records and produces her own CDs, composes and produces music which has been heard on television shows such as BONES, MURPHY BROWN, PARTY OF FIVE and THE SINGLE GUY, and on the feature film A TIME FOR DANCING; writes musical arrangements for other artists (including arrangements for rocker Ozzie Osbourne, Native American flute player Golana, Celtic fiddler Mary Barton, Celtic harper Julie Mondin, and New Age ensemble Midnight Skye). She composes chamber music which has been performed by ensembles such as "Entr'amis" (classical harp, flute and viola trio), Redlands University faculty, and "Campanile", (renowned contemporary handbell ensemble).
Stephanie plays harp on soundtracks for movies and television, and plays harp on recordings by many other artists (including Adele, Beck, the Dixie Chicks, Sir Paul McCartney, Josh Groban, Lee Ann Rimes, Lamb, Linda Ronstadt, Everlast, Good Charlotte, Miyuki Nakajima, and Ray Conniff); teaches harp students, and writes lyrics which have been recorded by other vocalists, as well as writing music for other vocalists. She has toured with groups as diverse as R&B legend Bobby Womack, big-band Ray Conniff Singers & Orchestra, Persian singing star Dariush, Mexican superstars Vicente & Alejandro Fernandez, and Canadian band Cowboy Celtic.
She has also appeared (playing harp) onscreen in television, movies and music videos, including The Voice, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Ellen, THE SWEETEST THING with Cameron Diaz, Celine Dion's 1998 Christmas special, 1999 hit movie THE OTHER SISTER (with Diane Keaton, Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi); LOVE AFFAIR with Warren Beatty, GYPSY with Bette Midler, COBB with Tommy Lee Jones, the FRANK SINATRA mini-series, A ROMANTIC CHRISTMAS by John Tesh, more music videos including Trisha Yearwood and Aerosmith, and television shows including BONES and MURPHY BROWN.
Stephanie Bennett's recordings are heard on many American radio shows including the syndicated shows ECHOES and MUSICAL STARSTREAMS, as well as on many overseas radio stations.
Stephanie Bennett began studying the harp as a junior high school student in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after having studied some guitar and piano as a child. She continued her studies of classical harp performance with Ruth Dean Clark at the University of Michigan, where she also studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Leslie Bassett and Ross Lee Finney. While in college she also began exploring creating her own arrangements of popular music. She continued her music studies at the Dick Grove School of Music and at UCLA Extension, with courses in Advanced Modern Harmony (including jazz and pop music harmony), Arranging, 20th Century Harmony, Film Scoring, etc. She was the first prize winner in the second Salvi International Competition of Jazz & Pop Harp held in Santa Barbara, California.
RECORDINGS featuring Stephanie Bennett include:
Harpworld Music Co., Voyage of the Dreamer (produced & recorded by SB)
Harpworld Music Co., Bardina's Forest (produced & recorded by SB)
Harpworld Music Co., Imaginocean (produced by SB)
Harpworld Music Co., Stories Seldom Told (produced by SB )
Wrightwood Records: Unicorn's Journey (Harp and Grand Piano for relaxation and meditation)
At Peace Music, Lumiere: Baroque Music for Relaxation (produced & recorded by SB)
At Peace Music, Avalon: Celtic Music for Relaxation (produced & recorded by SB)
Northsound Music, The Wedding Album
Harpworld Music Co., Sapphire (cassette only) (produced by SB )
Toshiba-EMI (recorded & released in Japan) 'Finger Magic' (under former name, 'Stephanie Pelz')
Music ARRANGED by Stephanie Bennett includes:
All selections on CD "Celtic Cello" by Marston Smith
Selection on CD "La Belle Dame" by Susan Craig Winsberg,
Selection on CD "Walk Between Worlds" by Golana, Oginali
Selection on CD "Moon of First Snow" by Golana, Oginali
Several selections on CD "Changing Seasons" by Mary Barton, Mt. Tabor Music
Selection on CD "A Child Is Born", by Midnight Skye, Hyalos
OTHER RECORDINGS on which Stephanie Bennett played harp include:
Beck, Morning Phase
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stage Whisper
My Chemical Romance, Sing it for Japan
Josh Groban, Illuminations
The Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
Paul McCartney "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard"
Linda Ronstadt, "A Merry Little Christmas"
LeeAnn Rimes, "Twisted Angel"
Spongebob Squarepants, "The Best Day Ever"
David Arkenstone: "World of Warcraft Taverns of Azeroth"
David Arkenstone: "Celtic Romance"
Windham Hill: Rubaja & Hernandez, "High Plateaux"...
Narada Records: Bernardo Rubaja, "New Land"...
Narada Records: "Christmas Collection Volume 2"...Meatloaf, "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose"
Everlast, "Eat at Whitey's"
Lamb, "Between Darkness and Wonder"
James Durst, "Like the Wind"
Susan Craig Winsberg, "La Belle Dame"
Susan Craig Winsberg, "Celtic Love Songs"
Midnight Skye, "A Child is Born"
Frank Gambale, "A Present for the Future"...
Good Charlotte, Chronicles of Life & Death"
SST Records: Pat Smear, "So You Fell In Love With A Musician"...
Lifescapes: "Celtic Music for Stress Relief"
Ray Conniff "My Way"
Ray Conniff "S'Always Conniff"
Ray Conniff "40th Anniversary"
Ray Conniff "I Love Movies"
Ray Conniff "Live In Rio"
Ray Conniff "S'Country"
Ray Conniff "S'Christmas"
Michael Benghiat "Harmony" (formerly titled "Music from Big Sur"
BMG Latin: "Juan Gabriel"
Miyuki Nakajima,"Fairy Ring"
Golana, "Walk Between Worlds"
Golana, "Moon of First Snow"
Del-fi Records, "Shots in the Dark"
James Durst, "Songs of a Wondering Minstrel"
Prince Diabate, "New Life"
the Bards of FoDLA, "Sacred Oaks" (Produced by S.B.)
OTHER RECORDINGS containing Stephanie Bennett COMPOSITIONS include:
Campanile, "Nocturnal Journeys" (CD and live DVD)
Campanile, "White Chocolate"
Centurion Productions: "America Speaks From the Heart"
the Bards of FoDLA, "Sacred Oaks" (Produced by S.B.)
FILM & TV containing Stephanie Bennett COMPOSITIONS include:
Murphy Brown (source music on 2 episodes)
The Single Guy (source music)
Feature film "A Time for Dancing" (source music)
OTHER RECORDINGS on which Stephanie Bennett wrote lyrics include:
Stephanie Bennett "Bardina's Forest"
FILM SCORES on which Stephanie Bennett played the harp include scores by:Jeff Danna (Lakeview Terrace, Finn on the Fly)
Miriam Cutler (the Hunting Ground, Bloodline, a Powerful Noise, One Bad Cat, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, Fire in the Theater, Ethel)
Christopher Young (Hellraiser II)
Frank LaLoggia (The Lady in White)
OTHER ARTISTS/SONGWRITERS/PRODUCERS with whom Stephanie Bennett has recorded harp include:
A Fine Frenzy ("The Things We Did Last Summer")
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS include:
American Harp Society (President Emeritus, Los Angeles Chapter)
Los Angeles Women In Music
Society of Composers & Lyricists
ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers)
the Recording Academy (Grammy voting member)
World Harp Congress
International Society of Folk Harpers & Craftsmen
OTHER MEMBERSHIPS include:ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund)
ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Best Friends Animal Society
Fund for Animals
Humane Society of the United States
IDA (In Defense of Animals)
LCA (Last Chance for Animals)
Marine Mammal Center
Mountain Lion Foundation
National Anti-Vivisection Society
PCRM (Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine)
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
WSPA (World Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
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