Stéphane Moraille is a Canadian lawyer, politician and former musician, who ran as a New Democratic Party candidate for the federal byelection in the riding of Bourassa on November 25, 2013. She is a singer and was formerly part of the band Bran Van 3000, including on the band's biggest hit "Drinking in L.A.".
The Haitian-born singer/songwriter first made her mark in the world of electronic music with the Shauna Davis Project in 1995 and was finally discovered through her crossover smash, “Get Away”. The track not only brought Miss Moraille, then known as Shauna Davis, international recognition, it spawned numerous accolades. In fact, “Get Away”, which was nominated for a Juno and Much Music Video Award in her adopted Canada, allowed her to travel the world for the first time, sharing the stage with such artists as famed DJ/producers David Morales, Stonebridge, Todd Terry and the likes.
However, the gifted singer would receive her greatest artistic success at the end of the 1990s as part of Bran Van 3000. The 1997 album “Glee” became an immediate success, notably with “Drinking in LA”, in which Stéphane’s delicious, powerful pipes captured an unsuspecting public. The song would go on to become a top 5 smash on both pop and alternative charts around the world, including a high of 2 in the United Kingdom. The song became part of pop culture, later featured in numerous films, television shows, and ad campaigns. The group earned a bouquet of awards, including a Much Music Video Award, Juno, Felix, Videofact Award, SOCAN prize, and a Canadian Radio Music Award.
Bran Van 3000’s success would not wane, as the band continued its hectic touring schedule until 2000, sharing the stage with such artists as Björk (in Paris), Massive Attack (Netherlands), Pulp (London), and Prodigy, the latter at the infamous Cream Festival in the UK. The group also performed in the Horde Festival, Montreal International Jazz Fest, Modena Festival in Italia, Sun Festival in Central Park, NXNE in Toronto, and SXSW in Austin. BV3 and Stéphane also appeared on the famed Conan O'Brien Show on NBC in the United States, BBC’s Top of the Pops in the UK, and, of course, MTV, Much Music and Musique Plus.
On July 1st 2008 Bran van 3000’s returned to throw the biggest block party Montreal has ever seen, breaking all attendances records (150 000 and counting). Stéphane electrified once again the audience with her powerhouse vocals.
Stephane Moraille is also an entertainment attorney. In the midst of a successful musical career that has garnered international acclaim and sent her touring the globe as a member of the band Bran Van 3000, Stéphane Moraille completed her law degree and was admitted to the Bar in 2001.
A passionate supporter of creative works, Stéphane Moraille is intrinsically involved with key players in the entertainment industry, she practices in Cinema, Television, Music and Internet (E&O, key agreements, corporate law and financing). To keep up to date with the latest developments in the field, she is completing her Masters in Intellectual Property Law at York University’s renowned Osgoode Hall Law School. An exceptionally skilled communicator, with an intricate and hands on knowledge of the industry, and a dedication to educating dynamic up-and-coming generations, she regularly teaches and is a sought after speaker on legal and practical issues of the entertainment industry. In addition, she has served as a chair, panelist and speaker at various inspirational events and conferences. Stéphane Moraille’s practice covers all aspects of the music industry transactions, as well as film, television and multimedia. Recently the Quebec Bar Association saluted her contribution to the field of entertainment law path by showcasing her in their television production, Le droit de savoir, http://www.ledroitdesavoir.ca/voir_segment.asp?id=14&segment=3 .
2004 and 2005, selection committee member of the Urban Music Association of Canada.
2000-2009, Executive Committee member of VideoFACT (Much Music/Musique Plus), a foundation to assist Canadian talent.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
• Recipient of numerous distinctions in the music industry as a member of Bran Van 3000: Félix, Juno, Much Music Video Award, SOCAN prize, Canadian Radio Award, Soba Award…
Please refer to the Publications & Conferences page for a list of Stéphane Moraille’s publications, conferences, and courses.
The International Jazz Festival One discovered Stéphane Moraille the singer of Haitian descent during her remarkable appearance within the Montreal collective Bran Van 3000. The Soul Diva returns to us with her own band, combining Haitian roots, timeless groove, timeless soul, and especially a warm voice, luxurious, able to inspire a spin on the dance floor as much as making you cry.
An excellent singer.
The sound was impeccable; one could thus fully appreciate the superb voice of Stéphane Moraille, the Diva of Soul.
Stéphane Moraille is a presence, a Soul Belter, of the Patti Labelle vocals...
The Toronto Globe and Mail
And with Stéphane Moraille' S soul infused vocals holding down the melody, the fun never detracted...
Florida Water (Deja/Warner) Coming off her electrifying performance at this year’s Black & Blue, Moraille’s debut serves up an equally energizing and surprisingly eclectic mixture of musical styles. She peppers the tracks with a layered vocal approach that workes particularly well with the upbeat vibes featured throughout. And a lot of those vibes run along the pop-rock/dance tangent, with assertive thumpers like “Gold” and “Sharpshooter” favouring the pop-rock side, while others like “Witness” and lead single “Lover” solidly representing dance. In fact, Moraille only slows down for the set closer and lone French track, “Presque Touché,” a reminder that even the party girl has a vulnerable side. 8/10 Trial Track: “Encore” (Gerard Dee)
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – STEPHANE MORAILLE
Moraille doesn’t disappoint with her new album, which is chock-full of great songs including “Gold,” “Encore, “Sick,” “Lover” and “Florida Water.”.. “Lover” and “Florida Water.” The album is produced by John Webster (Aerosmith, Tom Cochrane, Bif Naked) and delivers a mix of modern rock blended with left-field pop and a slight jazz feel to give it a well-rounded sound.
- Macpherson, Don (September 9, 2013). "Don Macpherson: Don’t count out the NDP in Bourassa by-election". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- Renault, Philippe (May 29, 2008). "Grandes émotions en vue". Le Journal de Montréal (in French). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- Parent, Marie-Joëlle (October 2, 2007). "La nouvelle cuvée du groupe est un Rosé". Le Journal de Montréal (in French). Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- "Saison 2, Émission 14 - Responsabilité parentale Portrait d’avocat Me Stéphane Moraille" (in French). Le droit de savoir. Retrieved 21 October 2013.