Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice never saw herself as a singer.

Stephanie is a 27 year old singer was born in Redwater, Northeast Texas, but now lives in Houston. Always excelling in academic studies and athletics at school, singing didn’t figure very highly in her career plans. Her father was a Baptist pastor, and her family was “very sheltered—nothing secular was allowed in the house.” Stephanie came out as a Lesbian when she was 18 and told OutSmart Magazine: I was 17 when I was first “caught.” I was dating this girl—the first girl I had ever come out to. One day we were at her house and her aunt came home early. Here I am, the preacher’s daughter, a straight-A student, I’m in the worship band, I teach Sunday school—I was golden. This was juicy gossip for a small town. So the girl’s aunt told my dad, and he came to my high school, pulled me out of class, and started questioning me. He grabbed me and said, “If I find out any of this is true, I’m going to throw you around like a ping-pong ball.” Luckily, my counselor overheard him and grabbed me and hid me in her office until he calmed down.

“At the time, [all of this]—plus the idea of going to hell—caused me to run back into the closet at full speed. Not that I started dating guys—I just kept that part of my life as secretive as possible. My parents made me go to “straight” counseling, and I did all of that because I was scared. But I wasn’t really changing—the counseling wasn’t working.

I had a basketball scholarship and was the salutatorian of my high school, but after that whole scene played out, he told me I wasn’t “fit” to set an example for anyone, and I [wasn’t allowed] to give my speech or accept my awards at graduation. That was the hardest thing for me because I had worked so hard for all of my grades and my achievements. My dad didn’t let me go off to college for my basketball scholarship either, because “[only] lesbians play sports.”

So I started going to [my town’s] community college, and that’s where I met my first real girlfriend. One day, I came home after class because my dad said he wanted to talk. He basically said he had heard a rumor about me dating this girl, but he knew it wasn’t true. But I knew, at that moment, I could not live a lie any longer. I knew I was miserable living that lie and that I was happiest when I was being my true self. So I said that it was true. Silence just fell upon the living room. My dad then told me I had two options: I could start going to counseling again, or if I “choose” to be this way, that I was history to them. I simply said that I was not going through counseling again, and he told me to pack my bags. I didn’t get to say goodbye to my two little sisters who I had basically raised. They just drove me to the campus where I was attending school and they dropped me off in the parking lot. That scene is seared in my brain. I ran after them, but they didn’t stop.”

She eventually graduated from the University of Houston with a biology degree. She has not had a relationship with her family in almost a decade but she does have two older brothers who stand by her and Janeth, her loving fiancee.

Stephanie Rice brings a special talent and story to The Voice

Coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton on “The Voice,” which had its Season 12 premiere Monday the on NBC were gripped by the authentic honesty that Stephanie bought to Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece” “The way you sang that song, it’s as if you wrote it,” Shelton said after her “Voice” performance. He called it “a moment for this show that I think we’ll all remember.”

About a week after her successful audition, the 27-year-old Rice felt amazed and humbled by it all, waking up sometimes, she admits, and wondering “if it’s all a dream.” But she’s definitely appreciative. “The Voice,” battle rounds began airing March 20 and From the makeup artists to fellow contestants, the people at “The Voice” feel like family to her. She’s excited that it gives them a chance to be “the best versions of ourselves as musicians.” She added “I just feel super lucky to get to be a part of it,” Rice said, noting she felt an emotional connection to what Stefani told her after she performed. That’s why she selected Team Gwen. Kelly Clarkson was moved to tweet about Rice: Can’t. Stop. Crying.  Her vulnerability and her story ….just wow. Steph, I hope ur parents open their hearts 2 the beautiful person u r! https://twitter.com/stephricemusic/status/836423380458962945 …

“Personally, I was writing music that was kind of an audio journal,” – Stephanie Rice.

Rice and Colonial Blue – climbing

Rice admitted she had auditioned for The Voice 2012, but didn’t make it past the open calls.

Not one to get down, she formed her own band with drummer, Corey Chierighino and guitarist, Jonathan Ward. They’re called Colonial Blue and their songs, written and sung by Rice, are from her personal story “Personally, I was writing music that was kind of an audio journal,” she said. They released their debut album in 2016 called Dear Misery. Watch out for new songs from the band as Stephanie Rice moves ahead in her career.

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