About Stephanie Quayle
A singer with a strong voice and spirit to match, Stephanie Quayle's musical career evolved from pop to country with a musical savvy that worked for both. Quayle's music blends contemporary country style with a strong thread of traditionalism that draws from both country and soul. She made her debut in 2017 with Love the Way You See Me, which generated the modest national hit "Selfish," which peaked at 57 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. Quayle gained momentum with her 2019 EP If I Was a Cowboy, which led to her landing endorsement deals with major brands, setting the stage for her slow-burning 2021 single "By Heart."
Born in Bozeman, Montana, Quayle was raised on her parents' buffalo ranch, and was introduced to country music through the AM radio in the barn where she did her chores. She became fascinated with the way a story could be expressed through song, and at the age of 12 began writing her own. After learning piano, Quayle bought a second-hand guitar at 15 and taught herself to play, setting her lyrics to music. When she was 16, she spent several months in Switzerland as an exchange student; while she was there, she joined a local band as lead singer, and even recorded an album with them before returning to Montana.
After finishing high school, Quayle moved to Los Angeles in hopes of making her way into the music business. In 2004, Quayle released her first album, Turquoise, a set of country-influenced pop. Sales figures were modest, and in time Quayle headed for Nashville, where the country side of her musical personality would be free to flower. In 2009, she released an EP, No End, a more straightforward country effort that included the song "Ain't No Housewife." The song became the title track of Quayle's second full-length album, which was also released in 2009. In 2013, she signed with the independent country label Rebel Engine Entertainment, and released a seven-song EP, Stand Back. In 2016, Quayle made a major impression with the single "Drinking with Dolly," which celebrated iconic women of country music and served as the lead single for her third album, 2017's Love the Way You See Me. 2019 saw the release of the EP If I Was a Cowboy; it included the song "Whatcha Drinkin' 'Bout," which made a significant impression on country radio and streaming services. Quayle paid tribute to her home state with the 2020 EP The Montana Sessions, then released the soulful single "By Heart" in 2021. ~ Mark Deming