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My Bio

Stephanie Bentley was born in Thomasville, Georgia. She started performing as a featured soloist at the age of 13 in the nationally acclaimed Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe, under the direction of her mentor, and Julliard graduate, Fred Allen.

Stephanie moved to Nashville in 1991, and quickly became one of the most in-demand demo singers on music row, a recognition she maintains today while adding the roles of wife and mother.

She signed her first publishing deal in 1992, and signed to Sony/Epic records in 1995. Her first chart entry in 1996 was as a duet partner on Ty Herndon's single "Heart Half Empty" (from his debut album What Mattered Most). "Heart Half Empty" was followed by her first solo release for Epic, "Who's That Girl". This was the first single from her debut album Hopechest. The album produced three other country chart singles after "Who's That Girl", including "Dead Ringer”, “Once I was the Light of Your Life", and "The Hopechest Song".

Stephanie’s focus as a songwriter is arguably an industry success story. Her composition “Breathe,” was Faith Hill’s lead single for her 1999 album of the same name. The critically-acclaimed single received ACM and CMA nominations for Song Of The Year, Single Of The Year, and Video Of The Year. It spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard's Country and AC Charts in late 1999-early 2000 and became the No. 1 song of 2000 on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end countdown. “Breathe” was awarded BMI Pop Song of the year for 2001, and was also nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award in the categories of Best Country Song as well as overall Song of the Year. “Breathe” has accumulated over six million air-plays to date.

Currently, Stephanie has a song on Garth Brook's comeback album, "Man Against Machine", titled "You Wreck Me", written with Kevin Kadish and Dan Muckala.

Stephanie has three co-written songs on Gloriana's self titled debut album. These songs include their first hit single "Wild at Heart", as well as “Lead Me On”, and “If You're Leaving”, all produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Matt Serletic. Their second album, “A Thousand Miles Left Behind”, contains another co-written hit single, “Can’t Shake You”.

Stephanie's co-written single “Concrete Angel" was recorded by Martina McBride in 2002 and peaked at number five on Billboard's and R&R's country singles charts,

In 2004, Stephanie wrote "My Precious One" for the Celine Dion/Anne Geddes collaboration album entitled “Miracle”.

Stephanie contributed the songs "I Will Survive" to the soundtrack of the 2003 film Holes, and "Don't It Feel Good" to the soundtrack the 2005 film Must Love Dogs. She has also written songs for Lorrie Morgan, Celine Dion, Jo Dee Messina, Pam Tillis, Chalee Tenison, Ilse Delange, Lisa Loeb, Jann Arden, Alecia Elliott and Smartbomb.

Stephanie has also enjoyed international success with several of her songs. The aforementioned “Concrete Angel” is included on the Platinum release of Spain’s Marta Sanchez. She also has cuts in Canada, Holland, France, Italy and world-wide with “Breathe”. Last, year she co-wrote “You Love Me Back” on Joe Cocker’s album “Fire it Up”, now European platinum and produced by Matt Serletic.