Do what you love. Love what you do.
Creating a service with heart, artistry, and flexibility.
Grief can be tough. Let the music for your loved one soften you and send you forward with hope. After the funeral fades, learn to see the blessings happening all around you.
Stephanie James just recently performed at our Solle Symposium in Baton Rouge, La. I want to tell everyone that her performance and choice of material was professional, appropriate and beautifully performed. Everyone commented on her beautiful voice and piano performance. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would not hesitate to ask her to perform for us again.
Cynthia Reed, ND, CNHP
Zeal and Focus
Acadiana Organist and Director
I really love working with you, Stephanie. You have a beautiful voice and your life your life with such zeal and focus. You're the best!
Empathetic and Warm-Hearted
Stephanie, you're like a bartender. I bet that I am not the only person who opens up to you. I just get a vibe that you are sincerely empathetic and warm-hearted. Thank you.
I started playing guitar in church when I was about 12 years old. I have been blessed to have worked with some very talented people. Your voice is one of the finest I have heard. Paul Landry, guitarist
Mary Beth, LA Funeral Services
This is where your heart is! The family was so happy with the music.
Karen Kirby Meche
From Blaine Meche Service
Karen Meche here...Sorry for the delay in getting to contact you but I just wanted to say thank you so very much and you have a voice of an angel..had me crying for most of Blaine's Mass/Ceremony. I wanted to officially meet you but we had to keep moving.
I will definitely keep you in mind and definitely refer you to others who may need.
You are so talented. The Lord has surely Blessed you with a beautiful voice, though I am sure it still takes a lot of work too..thank you again.
Mary Beth, Funeral Director
LA Funeral Services
I must say I am so proud of you fortruly recognizing your ministry andgift to this world.You have a purpose and when you areliving your purpose the road will be smooth.
“Stephanie I hear these songs all the time but you really caught my ear today. Wow. Great job, Steph!”
Attention to Detail
You are a very special and gifted lady. It is always an honor to work with you. Your music is very meaningful and your commitment and thoughtfulness show. You are a beautiful person inside and out. Thank you for everything that you do. George King
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When I google-searched for wedding musicians I was spectacle about what I may find. However, I truly believe God had a hand in me finding Stephanie! I could not have found a more perfect, more excited person to help make my wedding a beautiful ceremony. Stephanie was unbelievably professional and punctual. She even came to the church for our rehearsal to make sure everything would be perfect because she was unfamiliar with the facility and the instruments. She also organized our other musicians which made my life so much easier.
Her taste in music is impeccable as well!
She sang the Hail Mary in French which meant so much to my family as we speak French. Her attention to detail made everything flow very smoothly.
I would recommend her to anyone who wants a beautiful ceremony and no stress! The ceremony music was one thing I didn't have to worry about which is saying something when planning a wedding! Thank you again Stephanie!!!
Sarah Deshotel Johnson
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Let's DO THIS!
Your questions made me think a lot about putting other people on a pedestal.
In this online marketing world or the plant-based world, I have floundered. I didn't see myself as knowledgeable, credible. Often felt I didn't know what the hell I was doing. I saw others thriving and didn't realize I could learn to do the same.
I now see how we have TONS of useful experience in the plant-based world that can help others. And I have training, expertise, and help to get me going in the online marketing world. I need to set my intentions, point myself in that direction, and work to make it happen every day.
HUGE - I can enjoy the process and do it in a way that feels good. I will get there. I am on the path. I can enjoy it. Our time together boosted my self-confidence and I see myself as an EQUAL.
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Your energy is magical.
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You were a great piano teacher and I always admired the way you did everything with passion. And the direction you've taken is so cool and perfect for you! Inspiring.
Kathryn W. Thomas,
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I have known Stephanie James since late 1998. She is an exceptional friend and has dedicated herself to the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and personal growth. While I have never supervised Stephanie, I have seen examples of some of her work. She is detailed but still able to see the big picture. She has a strategic mindset and approach that I find not many possess. I am happy and honored to be able to give her my strongest recommendation.
Debora Savoy SHRM-SCP, SPHR SVP, Human Resources American Heart Association
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I asked, no -- TOLD the wedding photographer to take pictures of the kids, not me. I told her to only take photos where I was standing behind my partner so no one could see how big I was. How she took a photo is beyond me.
I was big at my wedding. I wanted, NEEDED, HAD TO KNOW, I was loved big and fat. I didn't trust anyone truly loved me if I were thin. I needed to know my person would love me no matter what.
I could hear my Mom judging other women at church when she said, "Why would she wear that sleeveless top with those arms?"
I heard my co-teacher at school saying, "You better get that weight off while you are young or you never will!"
I wanted to show them that NO ONE is going to tell me what to do and I am no one's pet project. And if I couldn't find someone to love me and not FIX me - I would rather be alone.
"You Aren't Cut Out to be a Cheerleader"
"We need a mascot! You have such a happy personality!"
I told them no. I didn't want to be a bulldog mascot.
They came back a few days later and said I could be a cheerleader.
I told them to, in my "happy" voice, "No, thanks."
What if I told you I HAVE BEEN THERE. More than once.
I have kept over 100 lbs. weight loss for over ten years.
Wait. I'm getting ahead of myself.
Let me tell you about the Eeyore. Yeah, the one from Winnie the Pooh.
Eeyore seems like he's down, but really he is HAPPY! Why? Because being away from people, critics, feeling out of place IS A SAFE PLACE!
When I am treated less than for weight, or any other reason - the first thing I wanna do is RUN AWAY as fast as I can. Isolating myself IS where I felt the most myself.
No fake smiles, I could be mad, sad, and anything in between.
So much so, I spent one entire Thanksgiving break writing songs ALL BY MYSELF!
I think Eeyore is BRAVE because he SHOWS how he FEELS! He doesn't put on fake airs of "all is okay." Eeyore doesn't avoid talking about how things just freaking suck sometimes!
AND that's me - I didn't wanna FAKE life that LOOKS perfect all the time because that's just a bunch of crap!
People drained me. My own energy, music, and self-studies were my companions.
My solace was ice cream - at the end of the day. It froze and numbed my pain. My friend was Bluebell Ice Cream - peanut butter and chocolate, by the 1/2 gallon.
I got tired and freakin' scared.
My family members have more stents (it's this crazy procedure for blocked arteries that's eventually doesn't last) if no lifestyle changes are made) then all the nachos at Chili's on a weekend.
Real scared. I was in my early 30's and riding the "young and healthy" gene was slipping away. My mortality stared me in the face.
What the heck was I doing with my life? Was I capable of a life I loved or a life to just barely get by? Was I destined to be on meds for things I could control myself?
I was 306 lbs. Those pictures of my early journey show so much change outside, but the REAL change was INSIDE and the commitment I made to myself when NO ONE was around, saw, or cared.
I made a decision.
I honest don't know where these commitments came from, but I have held them close to this day.
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I chose lessons with Stephanie because it was apparent to me from the first time I met her that her love for music was unwavering. Her enthusiasm and professionalism are great qualities to have in a music teacher.I stayed with Stephanie for piano lessons because she truly fostered my child's unique way of learning music. Her encouragement is challenging yet keeps her motivated in her classes.
Working with Stephanie has been a great experience. She has been very accessible to any questions or concerns I may have and she is very professional.
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“I have known Stephanie for the past 2 1/2 years and have worked along side her for numerous musical events. Being a music teacher myself, I know that there are attributes more important than just knowledge of music: Patience, Connecting with students, and Passion for music. Stephanie not only exemplifies all of these qualities, but also creates a positive and engaging learning atmosphere for her students. She has an outstanding ability to adapt to her students’ interests and keep them motivated towards playing. She truly makes learning fun. Stephanie is both a talented pianist and an exceptional teacher.”
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I have always loved the sound of music. In fact, as a child I tried to teach myself to play the guitar. However, without lesson, and no musical background, I failed to learn. When I had kids and they started piano and guitar lessons, all it did was once again surface my love of playing an instrument. They took lessons for a few years, but then stopped. Finally, after my children reached high school, I decided to scratch my itch that had been lingering for many, many years. I started attending lessons with Stephanie. How wonderful is she, so patient, kind, and amazingly motivating!! With as much talent as she has, to be so unbelievably positive, always seeing the good in what you have done, is a gift all in itself which calls me to continue to strive to do better. With me taking lesson, I evidently aroused an unfinished music curiosity in my daughter, which had been started when she were in first grade, because she is now also taking piano lessons with Stephanie.
When we first started taking, we had a 44 key keyboard, now we have finally upgrade to a digital piano. It is now so much more fun to practice, with all the bells and whistles that technology offers.
Being an athlete all my life, even into adulthood, and now actually finding something of my inner self that is calming and relaxing, but at the same time using some of the same thinking and competiveness that athletes have, truly balances the hard and the soft of a person. I am so driven to learn how to play fluently. The sound of the keys truly is music to my soul!!!!
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Thanks again for hosting mini-cital! It was soooo good! I can't believe how much she has learned in the weeks since school has started!
Victoria Fontenot, parent
“I met Stephanie James about nine years ago when I joined the Lafayette music Teachers Association. Instantly, I was impressed with Stephanie’s enthusiasm and joy for teaching. Her positive energy was contagious whenever she entered a room and began talking about teaching. The teachers and I were immediately drawn to her. Throughout the years, Stephanie has shared her methods and techniques with me and the other teachers which has brought depth to my studio. Stephanie is always eager to help others including myself succeed in teaching. In addition, Stephanie’s sensitivity to the personality and individuality of a student as well as her broad knowledge of pedagogy makes her a superior piano teacher. I highly recommend Stephanie to anyone looking for an encouraging and professional piano and vocal teacher. “
Michele Day, LAMTA and NMTA Piano Teacher/Entrepreneur
A funeral is a period to a story that continues.
The moment we say goodbye to someone is the moment someone comes in. Life changes, never ends. - Stephanie James
Go In Peace, written by Sarah Hart via www.ocp.org
I'm reminding you that you are a therapist with your music. Nikki R. Wilson
On Eagle's Wings, by David Haas
Many, many thanks for your performance today. You are one seriously talented singer!!! Thanks, again, for sharing your talent with us.
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