21Soul Reservation | Stephanie McKay


21Soul Reservation | Stephanie McKay


Stephanie McKay is a singer, songwriter, musician, and collaborator, hailing from the Bronx, New York City.

Her career has spanned over 20 years, during which time she has collaborated with artists including Anthony Hamilton, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Talib Kweli, DJ Spinna, Toshi Reagon and Big lovely, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Katalyst, Tricky, Carl Hancock-Rux, Kelis, and numerous others.

She was featured on the standout hit “Forget Regret” from Roy Hargrove’s Grammy-nominated RH Factor (alongside such luminaries as D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, Erykah Badu, Karl Denson, Pino Palladino, and Common) and completed a world tour with keyboardist Amp Fiddler, as well as Drugs, which also included members from the legendary Parliament Funkadelic.

Her debut solo album McKay (2003, Go! Beat/Polydor/Universal) produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Tim Saul, was released in Europe and garnered major critical acclaim. In the UK, The Independent called the album “…the best soul debut since Macy Gray” and Black Beat referred to McKay as “…the savior we need to drag rhythm back to its roots.” Two singles, “Tell Him” and “Take Me Over” and two videos were released from the album and received heavy rotation on the radio and MTV Europe.

Her follow up album Tell It Like It Is (2008, Pias/Muthas of Invention) was released worldwide and McKay went on to perform at such premiere European festivals as Glastonbury (UK), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), and Solidays (France) as well as two national tours in Australia (with Amp Fiddler and Katalyst) and an unprecedented seven-night stand in Greece.

Equally at home on the stage or in the studio, Stephanie performs regularly in the Northeastern United States and Europe, and is a frequent guest vocalist with collaborators including her husband Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Boca 45, and others.

Stephanie recently returned to music with a new collaboration with New York based band Light Blue Movers with a track entitled "Vahana" from the album " ATLAS". In 2016 She was awarded an artist development grant from The Joe's Pub Working Group at the Public Theater to create new work. Her new single " Song in my heart" will be released summer 2017.


The Ropeadope Room is a video recording and media studio. We record interviews, web based shows, and performance videos under the brands Ropeadope TV and 21Soul. Access is provided by membership only – your reservation grants you membership for the day of the recording. The room exists for the purpose of providing Artists a platform for promoting their music and creating video content to help them promote their music. Any revenue after expenses goes to each Artist, and the resulting content is provided to them at no cost. Please join us in supporting these world class musicians.

March 18th - 21Soul will be recording an interview and 1 Set with vocalist Stephanie McKay. http://stephaniemckay.com

Recording Date | Sunday March 18, 2018
6 - 7 PM | Meet and Greet
7 PM | Interview
7:15 - 8 PM | Stephanie Performance
8 - 8:30 PM | Intermission
8:30 - 9:45 PM | Ropeadope TV LIVE, spinning unreleased material and telling the story behind the music. An open discussion and hang. 

This is a live video recording. Guests are required to sign a waiver for appearance in the video and to follow protocol to preserve the quality of the recording.

~mobile phones must be OFF during recording windows above. (not just volume down.)

~ social media blackout - no live streaming during the session. Photos and check-ins are ok.

~ quiet on the set.

~ please remain seated during filming.

This is a private event for members of The Ropeadope Room. Your reservation allows membership access for the day of the event. Space is limited (25) and reserved, no walk up availability or transfer of invitations.

Enter through side doors. Red light on means recording in session/entry will be delayed. 

The Ropeadope Room
203 W. Atlantic Ave
Haddon Heights NJ 08035