Members: Stephanie Smith and The Sweet Action Band
"My heart and vision is to take a gift I feel I have been given, and give it back. To recognize music is not mine to hoard, but to share it and communicate with it. I have embraced music as a passion of mine, and I feel that at a young age I have already been through a lot, and have many experiences to write about. It is my desire to be something refreshing amongst a dry and depressed generation."
Stephanie Smith was raised in State College, Pennsylvania. She grew up with an older brother and a large extended family, which fashioned the importance she places on relationships. Her church family was also very influential in establishing a sense of community, shaping her dreams and goals.
Music has been a part of Stephanie's life from a young age. She never considered it a commendable dream to be a singer, so she was extremely shy about her growing passion for quite some time. Leading worship for youth groups and events throughout high school Stephanie began to consider the possibility of studying music as a career and looked no further than Greenville College. The Contemporary Christian Music program at Greenville has provided her with many opportunities for collaboration, instruction, recording and performance, including main stage appearances at Agape Music Festival in 2003 and 2005. Stephanie also gained valuable experience performing and touring with a band for 6 months in 2003.
In the spring of 2005, Stephanie began recording and writing with Simon Gugala, a talented engineer, guitarist, writer and performer. As their music progressed, they were joined by drummer Matt Mellenger and bassist Chris Parsons. When asked about the musicians she is working with, Stephanie says "We've known each other for a couple of years as students at Greenville, and have held each other in high esteem as musicians, but the timing was just now right to create music together. A rare chemistry is evident with the four of us and we are encouraged as we press on to pursue music together."
Stephanie Smith on "Awkward at Times"
This song strives for genuineness as it tells of vulnerable, real and awkward moments. It is a testimony of how, despite our clumsiness, forgetfulness or failures, there is a love that loves regardless; a love that loves what is real.
Stephanie Smith on "In My Eyes"
This song is an honest look into a broken person. It speaks of the truth that eyes can reveal, and paints a picture of a silent inner torment that can only be discovered through the eyes. With a twist of lyrics in the final chorus, it ends on a positive and freeing note.
Stephanie Smith on "Nothing But Your Letters"
This is a relatable love song for anyone who has tried long distance. It was written while I was overseas in Africa for a semester. The verses are taken directly from letters written to me while I was away, and the chorus is my response.