Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., TY STEPHENS is an Award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Entertainer/Recording Artist (Grand Prize Winner Jazzmobile/Anheuser-Busch Solo Jazz Vocalist Competition, NYC, 2006, and First Place Winner R&B/Blues Category of the International Songwriting Competition 2002, for "Somethiní Strange"), Co-writer and original cast of "From My Hometown", Co- writer/Production, Choreographer and Star of the long-running"Shades Of Harlem" revue show, and the currently running "On Kentucky Avenue" (Songbirds Unlimited Productions/StepForward Entertainment);appeared on Broadway in the original productions of "Sophisticated Ladies" and "Marilyn, An American Fable". Among many recordings, he is Guest Vocalist, alongside sax legend Houston Person, on a jazz disc frombassist Jon Burr, "Just Canít Wait".
Spring 2010, Ty joined with vocalists from Broadway's The Lion King singing on the recording of the Soundtrack for the World Cup. He has performed/appeared with: Harry Belafonte, Gregory Hines, Phyllis Hyman, Toshi Kubota, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Phoebe Snow, Smokey Robinson, Jon Hendricks; at Carnegie Hall with Liza Minnelli; Natalie Cole, (Laurie Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefits); Ledisi, Savion Glover, and more; appears regularly in Russia as Guest Artist with Russian drummer Oleg Butman's jazz trio and sax great Igor Butman's Big Band; celebrated his 5th tour of Japan with superstar Toshi Kubota's 25 Anniversary "Gold Skool" tour in 2012-13. With his band, (the) SoulJaazz, just completed their 6th Season at the world-famous Sporting Club in Monte Carlo as the Sporting Orchestra (opening for Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Janet Jackson, Carlos Santana, Steely Dan, Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, to name but a few), and 2014 marks their 4th tour of eastern Russia with the US State Department and The Vladivostok Philharmonic.
Ty's original recordings inlcude "Aquarian Mind", "Deeper In Fantasy" and "Musichameleon" *(available online at CDBaby.com), and the band is currently in the studio completing the 4th release "Feels So Good" and a pending Standard Jazz CD. www.tystephensmusic.com, also on Facebook as SoulJaazz, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Myspace and more.