Stephanie Osorio – Five Questions With

Stephanie Osorio

Photo Credit: Adriana Gutierrez Cruz
Illustration: Antonio Javier Caparo

Stephanie Osorio to release her new album Fruta del Corazón, on March 3rd

Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter Stephanie Osorio will release her debut album Fruta del Corazón on March 3, 2023, on all digital platforms. The release will be accompanied by a launch show the same day at Le Ministère.

In advance of the release, Stephanie has unveiled her single “Como esa Mulata.”.

Listen to “Como esa Mulata” below and learn more about Stephanie Osorio via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello, my name is Stephanie Osorio. I am a singer-songwriter of Latin origin. I come from the Colombian Caribbean coast, from the city of Cartagena. As a teenager, I was part of the school musical group, where I performed as a solo singer and learned to play the guitar. I studied psychology at the same time I studied music, where I learned vocal techniques for singing. I have also taken singing courses independently, and for some time now, I have been completing a bachelor’s degree in music education at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

I have been part of several groups of different formats and a variety of Latin music, both in Colombia and in Montreal, I am part of the Afro-Colombian group Bumaranga since 2012, and I have also had the opportunity and the privilege to share the stage and collaborate with several artists of world music, as well as I have also participated with my voice for the production of main themes for series and movies for HBO, Amazon, and Netflix with Cristobal Tapia de Veer. Today, I am pushing my musical career as a solo singer of my own musical compositions.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

My recent release is called ‘Fruta del Corazón,’ an album that compiles some songs that I have written in different stages and situations throughout my life. For this project, I wanted to invite Roberto López, whom I admire for his work as a musician, composer, and producer, and with whom I was lucky enough to understand each other musically since he knew how to interpret my ideas, resulting in a mix of Latin sounds that have been my influences, and that represent me very well. In this work, I also invited Bianca Rocha, a singer of Brazilian origin based here in Montreal and who has a musical project that I also admire very much. With her, we made a song in three languages, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, which seeks to make a bridge between the colors of North and South America.

The album has a promotional single, ‘Como esa Mulata,’ a song that mixes Colombian rhythms and will be released on all digital music platforms a week before the album’s release. It also has a video clip of this single that will be published on my YouTube channel after this release. Each stage of this process has counted on the professionalism of everyone involved. The cover design work is a creation of Adriana García Cruz and Antonio Javier Caparo, which colors and composition are the living expression of my origins.
It is worth mentioning that this album is important to me because it is my first major discographic work, and it is a reality thanks to the Vivacité grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Mainly in love. This inspiration comes to me spontaneously from different sources, whether it is a memory, an emotion, a person, a feeling, a place, etc. It usually comes to me in the form of melodies, and little by little, they take shape through words, which also come spontaneously, along with these melodies (rarely comes just the melody). They usually come when I’m walking, so I record them on my phone with my voice, and even then, they are still hanging around in my head, so when I’m alone at home, I review them, and that’s when I sit down with my guitar to compose. It’s a different and unique process each time, depending on my mood and the impact of the source of inspiration. Sometimes it takes me a day to make a song, sometimes it takes me months, sometimes I make a song from two ideas, two different melodies, and sometimes these melodies just don’t become a song and stay in my records, waiting to be taken up again at some point, which also usually happens.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

Yes, indeed! On Friday, March 3rd, I will be doing a show to launch my album ‘Fruta del Corazón.’ I will be accompanied by some musicians who participated in the recording of the album and other very talented musicians who have been with me since my first show as a singer-songwriter in 2022 when I released my first single ‘La Blanca’. This launch show will take place at the Le Ministère venue in Montreal, starting at 19h30. You are all invited to experience an evening that will transport you to the warm lands of the south through the rhythms and the messages of my songs.

What’s your goal for 2023?

To make my music known with the idea of continuing to open doors to bring my messages to many hearts and continue working to continue to keep growing musically and personally.

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