Here I Am
SteFM a.k.a. Stefanie Meilinger cultivated her love of music in 1995. Her songs are deeply personal. She does not fake her emotions live or on record. Her songs are drawn from having 'difficult romantic relationships,' she explains, "and the experience of suddenly losing my brother and father when I was a teenager. Many people hear only the sadness in her music, but the songs are also full of peace, hope and healing. In 2004, Meilinger performed in a folk rock band called 'Earth to Joe,' while simultaneously learning how to play the guitar and release her mood and emotions through music. She later joined and performed with the nine-piece soul-rock outfit 'Cory Phillips's Superlove.' In September 2007 she made her debut as SteFM and has performed around the Los Angeles area in popular venues such as Genghis Cohen, The Cat Club, and The Venice Bistro. During this time she started recording her songs with music producer Joe Sax. Their collaboration and long hours in the studio resulted in her debut album, 'SteFM - Here I Am.' The title track was the last song she wrote for this project, inspired by Sax and reflecting a time when the project and their relationship were coming to an end. 'Here I Am' and 'Winter' consist only of guitar, vocals and violin. Wicked Violin, a.k.a. April Warren came on board just in time to add that needed element of haunting beauty to those songs, and also, the opening number, 'Toast to You.' They have become a strong duet, with violin and harmonies blending into the rhythm and spirit of the music. In October, 2009 SteFM & Wicked preformed at Kravings with an amazing band of musicians who came together for the release of the album; including members from The Friends of Rocking Roll, percussionist Scotti Schector, and rhythm player Lawrence Bell. The album has been released into the world, and with your love and support, it can spread across cities, and into the hearts of people who have experienced life's roller coaster over the rainbow, and came out the other end still smiling.