The New EP “Things Above Ground”
Sept 30, 2017 House Show Vancouver, BC Details
Sept 23, 2017 House Show Elmira, ON
Sept 22, 2017 Farmer’s Market Landsdowne, ON
Sept 21, 2017 Avant Garde Bar Ottawa, ON
Sept 18, 2017 Cavern Bar Toronto, ON
Sept 17, 2017 Mahtay Cafe St. Catharines, ON
Sept 17, 2017 House Show Scarborough, ON
Sept 16, 2017 House Show Brampton, ON
Sept 15, 2017 House Show Barrie, ON
Sept 13, 2017 The Cornerstone Guelph, ON
Sept 10, 2017 Glad Tidings Church Cochrane, ON
Sept 9, 2017 House Show South Porcupine, ON
Sept 8, 2017 House Show Timmins, ON
Aug 27, 2017 The Portside Pub (w/Jess Perkins and Brendan Cade) Vancouver, BC Details
July 13, 2017 Kings Cafe Music Showcase Vancouver, BC
June 15, 2017 Studio Records (w/Sheldoncole, Rachael Schroeder, Phenix Warren) Vancouver, BC Details
May 12, 2017 Syrian Refugee Fundraising Concert Vancouver, BC 8pm
May 5, 2017 Things Above Ground EP Release Show Vancouver, BC 7pm Details
April 22, 2017 Glenn Chatten Release Show Vancouver, BC 5pm Details
March 25, 2017 Miller & Janzen House Show Fort Langley, BC 7pm Details
Vancouver-based indie folk-pop artist Stephanie Ratcliff is refreshingly authentic, rustic, and relatable. Her music sparks a nostalgia for a simpler time and provokes listeners to reminisce, reflect, and dream. Stephanie crafts poetry that comes to life while singing with a voice that bares human vulnerability, emotional transparency, and hope. This is art speaking to the darkness with beauty and light.
Stephanie embarked on her musical story-telling journey at the age of 16, when she picked up her cousin’s acoustic guitar. Within moments of strumming her first three chords, she was hooked. She went out and bought her own guitar–a $50 classical guitar from a local pawn shop. Without even knowing the difference between classical and acoustic guitars, Stephanie began writing songs. Two years later, she was given her first acoustic guitar, an Ibanez PF10. First performing for her bedroom walls and her younger sister, she freely expressed her questions, fears, and joys through her music. Eventually, Stephanie’s music allowed her to share her story on bigger stages for bigger audiences beyond the walls of her childhood home.
About Things Above Ground
On May 5th, 2017, Stephanie Ratcliff released her much-anticipated six-song album project entitled Things Above Ground. A drastic contrast from her previous studio album Memories of The World, Things Above Ground reveals a much more ethereal, cinematic sound than the freshman album – much more folk-pop in essence than traditional folk. Fans will be pleased to hear a refreshing new side of Stephanie in this EP which transcends the introspective ruminations of Memories of the World and moves towards a more illuminated, upward and outward-facing perspective.
Stephanie found her songwriting naturally shift in mood, melody, content, and creative imagination in Things Above Ground. This inspirational collection of new songs connects to the breathtaking beauty found in the gradual growth and rebirth of the natural world, as well as the unsuspecting beauty found amidst the human world of sadness and struggle. The album is conceptualized by Stephanie herself as defiant art: “Where there is so much fear, uncertainty, suspicion of ‘other’ and outright violence, I wanted to try to counter that with something filled with beauty and love.” In light of this, her songs create a sensory oasis in the desert while still acknowledging and even embracing the quiet ache of longing. In the EP’s first song, “We Won’t Find Our Way Back”, Stephanie touches on the topic of addiction and presents the listener with hope for healing and freedom – a new day! This message becomes the thread that connects each of the songs on Things Above Ground.
Partnering with Vancouver music producer and sound engineer Daniel Klenner of The Space Studios, Things Above Ground uniquely intermixes modern electric guitar, retro-inspired synthesizers, and beat pad percussion with emotionally-charged cello, all while rooted in classical composition. Klenner’s production skills combined with a team of talented local musicians and vocalists (Nathan Schubert, Brian Chan, Ryan Cadamia, Joel Shinness, Marc Poirier, Bre McDaniel, and Jocelyn Price) help to elevate Stephanie Ratcliff’s lyrically rich and powerful songwriting to brand new heights and vast soundscapes.