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    Spruill, Stephanie

    She is a singer-songwriter, percussionist, actor, author, vocal coach and entrepreneur born in Los Angeles, California, who studied at the Eddie Cantor Academy of Creative Talent and has since gone on to have a very successful career in the music industry.

     

    Starting in the early 1970s she became a much sought after session musician and in the early 1990s she decided to channel her own music a little more and by 1994 had founded La Pantera Records and Spruill House Music Inc. which has led her to become a respected coach in the Los Angeles area, dealing with many national and international students.

     

    Over the years she has worked as a singer, musician and/or arranger with many artists and has found herself touring with Julio Iglesias for 5 years and giving performances in the recording studio, on stage and in movies.  She has also performed for several members of royalty in various countries and has been around the world on tour several times.

     

    As a songwriter she has written the theme song for the film The Velocity of Gary and has also written songs for singers such as John Lucien, Najee, Vesta and David T. Walker.  She has also either acted and/or sung in the movie soundtracks for American Hot Wax, Amistad, The Breakfast Club, Dances with Wolves, Forrest Gump, Mighty Joe Young, The Kid, Rosewood and The Tigger Movie and appeared in the TV series Beyond Belief, Entertainment Tonight, Married With Children and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and starred in the stage musical Sang Sister Sang.

     

    Through the course of her career just a very few of the artists she has worked with include Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod, Laura Branigan, Eric Burden, Glen Campbell, Mariah Carey, Leonard Cohen, Placido Domingo, Harold Faltermeyer, Little Feat, Eddie Floyd, David Foster, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Gaynor, Whitney Houston, Janis Ian, Billy Idol, Enrique Iglesias, Olivia Newton John, Brothers Johnson, Chaka Khan, Earl Klugh, Patti LaBelle, D.C. Larue, Les McCann, Giorgio Moroder, Aaron Neville, Dolly Parton, Minnie Riperton, Diana Ross, Demis Roussos, Rufus, Talking Heads, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Gino Vanelli, Tom Scott, Wang Chung, The Weather Girls and Maurice White.

     

    Her discography is huge but a few of the albums she has featured on include her own Memoirs, La Pantera and Saint and Stephanie with Roger St. Kenerley along with Southern Nights by Glen Campbell, What a Feelin by Irene Cara, Made in America by The Carpenters, Heart of Stone by Cher, Everlasting by Natalie Cole, Standing Tall by The Crusaders, Headed For the Future by Neil Diamond, Sunset Towers by Don Everly, In a Special Way by Gene Harris, The Ultimate Collection by Michael Jackson, Triumph by The Jackson Five, The Best Remixes by The Jacksons, Fox by Elton John, Roots by Quincy Jones, Welcome Home by Carole King, More Songs from Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins, Vuelve by Ricky Martin, Emotional by Jeffrey Osborne, Southern Accents by Tom Petty, Billy Preston by Billy Preston, Good News from the Next World by Simple Minds, A New Flame by Simply Red, Time Takes Time by Ringo Starr, Songbird by Barbra Streisand and Bad Girls by Donna Summer.

     

    She has also written the book with accompanying CD Stephanie Spruill’s 17 Points to Longevity in Show Business.

     

    Glen Campbell Recordings
    Southern Nights
    (Allen Toussaint)      

    Capitol 4376 S93475A

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.spruillhousemusic.com/bio.php
    2. http://indieentertainmentsummit.com/stephanie-spruill/
    3. http://www.plazanoir.com/stephanie-spruill/
    4. http://www.spruillhousemusic.com/disc.php
    5. http://www.discogs.com/artist/Stephanie+Spruill
    6. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0819877/
    7. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/stephanie-spruill-mn0000025436/credits

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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