Stephanie Dawn is a 20 year-old soprano who was singing at the age of one, and had performed her first solo in church by age three. By the age on nine, she was singing solo concerts across the U.S. and had recorded her first album. Stephanie appeared on her first 3ABN program and recorded her third album at age eleven.
Stephanie has gained national attention because of her accomplishments in several national competitions. In 1995 she made national television appearances on NBC and the Family Channel where she was a finalist and the female-category winner in the 1995 National New Artist Search on "The 700 Club." At 14, Stephanie was by far the youngest performer (and the only non-adult ever) to be considered for the competition finals.
Later, in 1995, Stephanie gave a solo performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., earning this opportunity and a monetary prize as one of three national winners of the 1995 Panasonic Young Soloist Award in a competition sponsored by the Panasonic Corporation and Very Special Arts.
In 1996, Embassy Music of Nashville awarded Stephanie a recording contract for winning the Grand Prize in the Artist Division of the 1996 Ultimate Talent Search, an annual Christian artist contest. The self-titled album was recorded at Benson Studios in Nashville, and "Something More," a CD single from the album, was released for national airplay on radio stations across the country.
The new millennium has initiated a new venture, as Stephanie and her family (mother Caren, stepfather and accompanist/arranger Dann, and little brother Jamie), collectively known as Thorntone Music, have begun traveling as a full-time music ministry, presenting concerts in churches and schools across the country.
With a current repertoire of nearly 250 songs, Stephanie performs in a variety of styles, including contemporary and inspirational gospel. Her solo performances have taken her to churches, concert halls, schools and universities, and camps across the nation, including such cities as Chicago, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Dallas, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Seattle, Atlanta, Portland, Newark, Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, and Indianapolis.
In addition to her vocal talents, Stephanie writes prose and poetry, and is interested in swimming, reading, psychology, and music therapy, and is a member of the National Federation of the Blind. Blind since birth, Stephanie is an advocate for those with disabilities. She is a highly and unusually talented young Christian woman with a vibrant and powerful musical message.