Steph Carse

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Steph Carse
Birth name Stéphane Dostie
Also known as Stef Carse
Born (1966-05-22) May 22, 1966 (age 48)
Origin Mascouche, Quebec, Canada
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990s-present
Website www.stephcarse.com

Stéphane Dostie (born May 22, 1966),[1] credited as Steph Carse and formerly credited as Stef Carse on his French albums, is a Canadian pop singer.

Career[edit]

Originally from Mascouche, Quebec,[2] Carse began his career in the 1990s, with his earliest hits being French translations of country hits such as "Achy Breaky Heart" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie".[3] His breakthrough album, 1993's Stef Carse, also included French translations of songs by Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison, while his followup, 1994's Un Dernier slow, concentrated much more strongly on his own original songwriting.[2]

He has sold over 500,000 records, earning him a Juno nomination for Best Male Artist at the Juno Awards of 1994.[4]

In 1999, he successfully entered the mainstream Canadian market when he donated a song for the Special Olympics on an album entitled Holiday Heroes. Featuring artists like Alan Jackson, Donna Summer, Brooks & Dunn and Kevin Bacon, Carse's song led off the album, which went gold and raised over $2 millions of net profit for the Canadian Special Olympics.

Carse released his first American album, Reach Out, in 2006. Reach Out was also promoted by a 60-minute concert special which aired internationally, including on PBS in the United States.

The one-hour special Reach Out was filmed in Kauai, Las Vegas, the Bahamas and Orlando, Florida, and has won five awards from The Florida Motion Picture and Television Association FMPTA: "Best Feature Film in a Television Program", "Best Male Vocalist in a Feature Film", "Best Director in a Music Video", "Best Male Vocalist in a Music Video" and "Best Composer for the song Reach Out". Carse's collaborators on the Reach Out project were Eric Schilling, Joe Hogue and Gilles Godard.

Carse donated the self-penned title track, "Reach Out" to the American Red Cross in September, just three days before the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The Red Cross fell in love with the song, named it the Official Thank You Song of the American Red Cross and used it to thank volunteers and donors.

The album The Best Pop Opera 2010, which features Carse's original song "No More Masquerade", reached #1 in Turkey in March 2010, and remained in the Top 5 for over eight months.

In 2012, Carse donated a song to Whole Foods for The Whole Planet Foundation to help fight poverty around the world.[5]

In 2013, Carse acted for the first time in the romantic comedy film Marriage Material with Maddy Curley.

Discography[edit]

  • J'ai envie de t'aimer (1991)
  • Stef Carse (1993)
  • Un Dernier slow (1994)
  • Fiesta
  • Holiday Heroes
  • Reach Out (2006)
  • The Best Pop Opera (2010)
  • Now (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stef Carse: Quebec's new country kingpin". The Gazette, January 23, 1994.
  2. ^ a b "Stef Carse showcases his songwriting". The Gazette, December 8, 1994.
  3. ^ "Quebec goes country; There have always been country singers in Quebec but now they're reaching the young urban crowd". The Gazette, May 1, 1994.
  4. ^ "Juno tops in awards show category, but worthy westerners staying home". Vancouver Sun, March 19, 1994.
  5. ^ The Whole Planet Foundation

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