Soul Singer Stephcynie Pens Sweet Love Note To Late Grandpa in 'Mr. Edwards' Video: Premiere
Stephcynie's late grandfather is the muse for her latest video for "Mr. Edwards," the title track off her upcoming album.
"He was my constant. He always believed that one day I would end up doing music full time for a living," she tells Billboard of her grandfather, who passed away two years ago and spent his 60s as a cab driver after serving the country. "He was also a true example for me of what a man should be when it comes to a family."
Embracing her vocals at 2 years old, the Houston-bred songstress (whose name is pronounced Stef-sin-ee) and her cousin would put on shows at family gatherings with costumes pulled from her grandmother's closet, forcing all of her relatives to watch. Citing influences John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Sarah Vaughn and Israel Houghton, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music alum brings a warmth and brightness to every note she touches.
For her upcoming album Mr. Edwards, she says to expect narratives from the heart. "The Mr. Edwards album is a story about memories," Stephcynie said. "A portrait of a simple man's consistency in simple things, and the eternal effect he has on the lives he encountered."
She also hopes the project will move anyone who has experienced loss. "For anyone who has lost a loved one, it is my hopes that Mr. Edwards will touch the heart and overshadow sadness with joy," she offers. "If I can inspire one person with my songs, then Mr. Edwards would say, 'You did good.' Be prepared to cry and laugh and be inspired."