Freshman | Howell HS | Farmingdale, N.J.
Watch: Getting to know Stephanie Hanvey
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Stephanie Marie Hanvey is a freshman at Howell High School. For someone who started her singing career relatively late at age nine, Stephanie is certainly making up for lost time!
The Howell High School Freshman hit the ground running by winning Amateur Night at the Apollo, New Jersey Nets Kids Search and numerous talent shows by age 10. She was then discovered by Latin Grammy Winner Sergio George, who brought her to Miami to her first album called BKIDZ, where Stephanie was the lead singer.
Upon her return to school, she found acceptance difficult as she was so quiet. Her shyness became the inspiration for her successful hit I’m That Girl, a song that highlights the differences in people. From there, Stephanie became the first-ever 6th grader to be the lead in her middle school play, which allowed her to show her classmates who she truly is.
Things began to flourish in 2010 when Stephanie traveled to Los Angeles and professionally recorded I’m That Girl. She won the regional Six Flags “Fame, Fortune and Flags” Teen Pop Sensation, earning a spot on stage with JLS and Hot Chelle Rae.
On top of her performing, Stephanie is extremely involved in cause-related activities. Among her pursuits: performing on Easter at Club All Star in Elizabeth to benefit the local Boys and Girls Club, Annual Autism Speaks Walk in NJ (wrote a song called Beauty in Your Eyes), Love for Logan James Parker (performs to raise money for children’s cancer) and Becca’s Closet (raises money for girls who cannot afford to purchase prom dresses for school events).
Stephanie, whose inspiration comes from her mother, also performed with children from all over the world at the International Child Art Foundation in Washington, D.C. this past fall and has a dream of one day performing at the Grammys.
Stephanie currently resides in Howell, New Jersey.