GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! JAZZMOBILE/ANHUESER-BUSCH SOLO JAZZ VOCALIST COMPETITION 2006!!! Details at www.JAZZMOBILE.org SEE REVIEW OF 'AQUARIAN MIND' BY BARRY TOWLER AT WWW.SOULEXPRESS.NET! WINNER!!! 1ST PLACE: R&B/BLUES Category INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2002 with "SOMETHIN' STRANGE"! Ty Stephens is a dynamic singer-songwriter with an electrifying stage presence, who has recorded soundtrack, cast and commercial albums for many productions/artists, including the following: CHUCK MANGIONE; BABA OLATUNJI; NILE RODGERS (Beavis & ButtHead); NICKELODEON TV (Jingles); DAN HARTMANN; RCA RECORDS' CLASSICAL ARTIST ROSTER; PEGGY LEE; GWEN McRAE, and the title song for the film "THE LAST FIGHT" starring Ruben Blades. TY, with his band, "Romantasy", has performed for over 20 years in New York area clubs and internationally; released three CDs of original R&B/Jazz/Funk: "MUSICHAMELEON", "DEEPER IN FANTASY",and AQUARIAN MIND"; been OPENING ACT for such notables as ANGELA BOFILL, VANESSA RUBIN and LARRY CORYELL; won BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE 1999 on BET's JAZZ DISCOVERY and was voted BEST R&B ALBUM 1999 by TCB Magazine/Independent Record Pool. -------------- Recent/Upcoming Hightlights include: 2006: ALPHA/KAPPA/ALPHA SORORITY GALA in NYC (Jan); IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (w/Barry Levitt Quartet), NYC (Jan); TOSHI KUBOTA TOUR, JAPAN (Apr-Aug).... 2005: Ty enjoys a successful one-month engagement at Club Repos in KYOTO, JAPAN (Feb/Mar); joins the London Cast of The Ray Charles Revue "THE GENIUS OF RAY CHARLES" (June/July); is featured again in Japan at the TAO DRUM FESTIVAL (July) with Shohei Narabe; DCA PRODUCTIONS' OUTDOOR CONCERTS in NYC (July); in Eugene, Oregon at the FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC with Dick Hyman (Aug); The BLOOMFIELD HARVEST FESTIVAL, Bloomfield, NJ (Sept) and, in Hot Springs, Ark. Starring in "SHADES OF HARLEM" (Oct); IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (w/Barry Levitt Trio), NYC (Nov); TRUMPETS JAZZ CLUB , MONTCLAIR, NJ (Dec). 2004: sees 2 milestones of productions co-written by Ty Stephens---"SHADES OF HARLEM" celebrates it 20th ANNIVERSARY with a Gala presentation in Miami, Fla, and "FROM MY HOMETOWN" returns to Off-Broadway at the Gramercy Theatre to glowing reviews! TY is featured in performance at the 49th SONGWRITER'S HALL OF FAME SHOWCASE; was Host/Band Leader and Co-Producer of "SINGIN' NEW JERSEY" Vocalist Competition, and the year finishes with another New Year's Eve command performance for the Royal Family Of Morocco! 2003: TY begins work on the his 3rd CD; completes his 3rd tour of Japan with Japanese R&B superstar TOSHI KUBOTA; his play "FROM MY HOMETOWN" debuts off-Broadway at the Kirk Theatre; he's featured in 2 stellar performances: at Carnegie Hall with LIZA MINELLI (in a tribute to Candor & Ebb) and back at B.B. King's with Black2Broadway's tribute to Rhythm & Blues icon RUTH BROWN! 2002: aside from winning the Songwriting Competition, the year included a one-night-only performance in OKINAWA, JAPAN, feature articles and interviews with VENUS MAGAZINE; THE MONTCLAIR TIMES; WVOF RADIO; NEWS 12 NEW JERSEY and headlining alongside PHOEBE SNOW in a tribute to R&B legend Donny Hathaway @ B.B.King's with Black2Broadway! Ty Stephens has appeared on Broadway in featured/leading roles in the original companies of "SOPHISTICATED LADIES" and "MARILYN, AN AMERICAN FABLE"; Off-Broadway in "THE JOINT IS JUMPIN'" (The Supper Club),*"SHADES OF HARLEM" (The Village Gate, Festivals in Italy, Monte Carlo, Japan; Lithuania; St Croix and the US), and *"FROM MY HOMETOWN" (The Triad Theatre) (*co-written by Stephens); internationally with "REMINISCING IN TEMPO" w/JON HENDRICKS (Umbria Jazz Festival, Italy), "THE HARLEM STORY" (Cologne, Germany), THE HOLGATE REVUE COMPANY ("PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ", "THIS JOINT IS JUMPIN'" and "GERSHWIN & FRIENDS" (Holland America Cruise Lines & Symphony Orchestras); with EARTHA KITT (Munich, Germany); world tours with HARRY BELAFONTE, and in numerous commercials (including AT&T, BURGER KING, MARS BARS, CHRYSLER and K-MART). A regular on the "LYRICS & LYRICISTS" SERIES at the 92ND ST Y since 1986, TY also spent 4 seasons as Guest Artist with The COLUMBUS JAZZ ORCHESTRA; celebrates 6 years as the "WEEK OF WELCOME" entertainment at F.I.T. (NYC), and is a member of the house band for the "BLACK2BROADWAY" Series presented at B.B. KING'S (and at BIRDLAND & THE SUPPER CLUB) (NYC). TY's own music is receiving international exposure and recognition with airplay, media reviews and sales in The U.K., Japan, Germany, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, The Caribbean, and, even, Zimbabwe! He is busy completing work on his Pop Musical "HAPPILY EVER....!"; performing his One-Man Shows: "CELEBRATING DONNY" and "STANDARDS & STYLE", and continues gigging with his original music in area clubs, as well as writing and preparing songs for his next CD releases.