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Stephanie Tucker Little is in the studio now recording her second CD to be released in 2014!!

 


Stephanie Tucker Little Newsletter Article in Songwriters of Wisconsin International

Stephanie Tucker Little has been performing in the Virginia Beach area, in and around Tidewater and the Outer Banks of North Carolina for many years. A native of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, Stephanie has also performed her music in California and Florida, playing hotel chains, nightclubs, festivals and concerts.


 
Stephanie performing in a Celtic session at Hiram Haines' Coffee and Ale House,
Old Town Petersburg - view more photos here.

Performing on various television shows and on radio, Stephanie sings vocals, accompanying herself on the Guitar, Piano, Autoharp, Banjo-Guitar and other stringed instruments.

Stephanie enjoys a fine reputation as a solo artist, performing Acoustic Adult Contemporary, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Classic Rock, Celtic, Jazz and Gospel music. She won Port Folio's Magazine "Best Female Guitarist" and also won recognition in various magazines and newspaper publications as a solo entertainer.

Playing concerts locally at the Norfolk Harborfest for over a decade, the Neptune Festival for 10 years, Hampton Bay Days, Chesapeake Jubilee, Portsmouth Portside events and numerous clubs over the years, including several years performing at hotels, nightclubs and restaurants on the Outer Banks, NC., Stephanie enjoys the "joy of playing" and continues to win her audiences.

Stephanie plays numerous musical instruments that include the Celtic harp, harmonica, Bouzouki, Mandolin Banjo, Ukulele Banjo, Guitar Banjo and Concertina.

 

Her credits include performing as a regular entertainer on the TV show "Dick Lamb Show," the "Three In The Morning" TV show and television commercials, including Kline Chevrolet and the Christian Broadcasting Network's 700 Club (CBN) and TV ads for the Portsmouth Bicycle Race and a TV ad for Harborfest events to name a few.

Stephanie recorded her latest project, "When Sea Shells Dance" and released the CD in January of 2007. 

Visit the New Release CD webpage for details on "When Sea Shells Dance."
 


Stephanie contributed to the Epilogue for editor Sean M. Huevel's new book, Life After J.E.B. Stuart, and is also featured in a recent Hopewell News article (see below) referencing the book!

Stephanie's words will also be threaded through the upcoming book, The Stuarts of Virginia, by Sharon Stuart McRee.

Stephanie Tucker Little hits the international stage
By Sarah Steele Wilson
Mar 26, 2012, 14:21

Stephanie Tucker Little started playing piano when she was three. She’s still playing music now, although she’s expanded the number of instruments she plays to more than seven and switched her primary focus to the guitar.

“It was always there,” the self-taught singer-songwriter said of her musical gifts.

The Colonial Heights resident’s first album, “When Sea Shells Dance”, receives air play in 17 countries, including the Netherlands, where she was asked to do a commercial for a radio station, and Belgium, where she is quite popular. Little said she regularly receives playlists from stations in Europe, telling her when her songs have played.

The music that people are enjoying in this country and across the world was committed to record right here in Prince George County, where Little recorded in the home studio of her friend Cham Laughlin.

“He was very talented and played lots of instruments,” Little said of her friend, who passed away in 2009. “It was a very enjoyable experience playing with him...We had a great time.”

The seeds for the record were planted when a church picnic in Petersburg moved inside to escape the heat of the Virginia summer. Little was drawn to the piano in the host’s living room. The church choir gathered around her as she played. A friend of hers who was involved in book promotion said he wanted to try promoting her music. To do that, she had to have a record.

“I always wanted to do it, but I was too shy,” Little said of recording.

Although she and that friend never worked together, that was the push Little needed to create something that is currently enjoyed all over the world.

“I’m glad that he gave me that push, because without it, I wouldn’t have put it on an album,” she said.

From the piano, Little moved on to other instruments, buying a ukulele with the money she received for her 12th birthday. When she was 15, her parents gave her a guitar and it was love at first strum. According to Little, nothing was more natural.

“It’s in me to play,” she said. “I have to do it. If I did it in a closet and never let anybody hear me, I’d have to play.”

Little was always shy about her musical abilities and first began to share her talent with Marrow Stuart Smith, a woman Little regards as a close friend and “unofficial grandmother,” but who many know as the first grandchild of legendary cavalry commander General J.E.B. Stuart.

“Marrow was the most remarkable person I have ever met!” Little wrote in the epilogue of Smith’s memoirs, published as “Life After J.E.B. Stuart.” “In the end, it was Marrow who encouraged me with my music, giving me the confidence I needed at such a young and fragile time in my life.”

Little’s memories of Smith will also be included in a soon to be published second book by Sharon Stuart McCree called “The Stuarts of Virginia.”

Little is currently preparing to head back to Prince George County to record a second album. This one will be a little more personal than the first, which includes folk classics, covers of songs by the Beatles and others, as well as some instrumentals she composed herself.

“I’m doing a lot of my songs on this next album,” Little said. “Trying to put the shyness aside, I’ve written words to these songs.”

At least one of the songs was inspired by an event that took place in Little’s own neighborhood. Another was inspired by her memories of Marrow Stuart Smith’s garden.

Family, friends, faith provide Little with inspiration, as does water, which is a lyrical motif in many of her songs.

“I have to be near the water,” she said. “It comforts my soul.”

Little lives in Colonial Heights with her husband and a Yellow Nape Amazon Parrot called Corkey, who likes to sing along with Little and has a performance routine of her own.

More information about Little, and her music, is available at www.stephanietuckerlittle.com.

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Colonial Heights, VA 23834

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