Nashville is supposedly full of country women who aren't afraid to dirty their boots when the going gets tough, but when it really comes down to it, how many of them would be able to saddle their own pony? The answer is likely to be few and far between, but one such Western woman is none other than Ms. Stephanie Layne. A veteran of the Nashville country western scene for over 12 years now, Stephanie Layne originally hails from Minnesota.
Born out of good stock and mettle, Layne grew up the right way while working on her family's ranch and feed store all the while slowly but surely developing her consummate country western style. Layne rarely ever spent an idle moment in which she wasn't plucking along to the likes of Reba and Chris LeDoux. As Layne mastered the country western craft on her family's ranch, she recognized her calling and looked to take country music head on by moving to Nashville in 2004.
Upon her arrival in Nashville, Layne wasted no time extending her roots throughout the country music scene by fronting the house band at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on the vaunted Broadway strip. Despite the vast distance between Nashville and Minnesota, Layne's songwriting never suffered anything that resemble identity crisis. Instead, Layne's writing prowess shined through her debut album– recorded at Nashville's Blackbird Studios - that maintained never being too proud to appreciate God's sense of humor, and always finding purpose in His ability to make something out of nothing.
Stephanie has remained steadfast and resolute in her pursuit of a lifetime spent playing country and western music, leveraging her early introduction to the Nashville live circuit into not only her time spent commanding various stages, but participating in writers' rounds at the world renowned Blue Bird Café, as well performing at the famous Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Furthermore, Stephanie has taken her country western sound on the road all across the United States, leaving her mark on many a stage, such as Denver's Grizzly Rose, performing at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo Finals, and Cheyenne Frontier Days; a true western woman through and through. No stranger to the limelight, Stephanie has also had the pleasure of featuring in esteemed publications such as Nashville Music Guide, Country Entertainment USA, UK Maverick Music Magazine, and Peavey Monitor Magazine as well as performing on broadcast programs like Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, Better Nashville, and UK's Country Corner.
Following her long run of live performances and tour stops in support of her debut record, Stephanie is poised to release her much anticipated full length follow-up, Eclectic, a collection of songs that are purposeful and resolved in Stephanie Layne's unique story telling aesthetic and perspective. Stephanie wastes no time in producing a wholly honest and forthcoming record, as the song “Alone in My Bed” narrates Stephanie's relationship with God and yearning for family one day. Layne continues to present her unwavering spirit with songs like “One Nation Over God” that analyzes recent political and societal tensions with tact and precision unknown to less capable songwriters. “One Nation Over God's” incredible social accuracy has resonated so much that a North Carolina Congressional candidate has adopted the song as an official campaign call to arms. The rest of Eclectic embodies the bright spirituality and vitality brought about by Stephanie's exceptional writing and lovely vocal timbre, while imbuing feelings of hope, faith, love and redemption, all the while maintaining her steadfast faith in God.
Stephanie Layne's career and work have combined and culminated to this point with Eclectic, the unique and singular convergence point of Stephanie's Christian faith, western, and country sensibilities that fulfills and earns the worth of its distinct name. When she isn't writing songs, recording, or performing songs from Eclectic, Stephanie offers up her voice to God in worship, participating as a member of the Women Music Business Association in Nashville, and cultivating her love for thrifting by running her own eBay store of her thrifted finds, “Western Garb.”