A fourth-generation Mexican American born in Hollywood, CA, Stephanie’s musical childhood began with classic rock, iconic singer-songwriters, and 80's pop. Seattle grunge rock brought her into world of inspiration and angst during middle school and high school, but she didn't discover her love for traditional Mexican music until her late teens when she saw world-class mariachi live for the first time. Stephanie then dedicated years learning from and integrating into Los Angeles's mariachi music scene, where she picked up a wealth of technique and traditional repertoire. She is the first female guitar player to ever be invited to join an otherwise-all-male elite mariachi. The mariachi community became a road which led to the formation of renowned Mexican fusion group Trio Ellas. Consisting simply of guitar, violin, guitarron, and their three harmonized voices, this powerhouse mini group created a unique sound of pop and jazz elements over a traditional foundation which earned a "Best Regional Album" Latin Grammy nomination in 2012 for their debut album "Con Ustedes...Trio Ellas", and broke the top 15 on iTunes Latino with their follow-up album "Noches Angelinas".
Outside of the mariachi genre, Stephanie accompanies major artists in both the Latin and US markets on a variety of instruments or as a vocalist, or both. Her unique musical skill set and ease with switching between styles and languages has allowed her performances and recordings with artists from Lady GaGa and Cyndi Lauper to Natalia LaFourcade and Pepe Aguilar.
Stephanie was recently a semi-finalist on the #1-rated first season of “La Voz US” on Telemundo, which is the Spanish language version of NBC’s “The Voice”. Her blind audition performance of “La Llorona” went viral. Now a budding solo artist, she's bringing the firepower of her musical experience into a cohesive aesthetic and unique sound (think Juan Gabriel meets Lana del Rey) with the creative input of her husband, USC Thornton School professor and super sick guitarist Andy Abad.