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|Birth name||Stephanie Topalian|
|Also known as||Steph|
August 5, 1987 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
Stephanie Topalian (Armenian: Ստեֆանի Թոփալյան) Western Armenian Սթեֆանի Թօփալեան, professionally known as Stephanie (ステファニー (Sutefanī) ?, born August 5, 1987) is a Japanese American singer, songwriter and actress of mixed Japanese and Armenian descent. She was born to a Japanese mother and an Armenian father in Los Angeles, California. Although Stephanie is residing in Japan she has a strong commitment to her Armenian background and is very attached to her grandparents. Beginning to sing at the young age of 13, Stephanie sent an audio demo tape of her singing to various music productions, and received a response from a Japanese music producer Joe Rinoie. Rinoie was impressed with her singing, and at the age of 19 Stephanie made her major debut in Japan from SME Records (Sony). She achieved the “Best New Artist Award” at the prestigious 49th “Japan Record Awards” in 2007 and afterwards released two albums.
Stephanie Topalian – her magical voice and wide vocal diapason has already touched thousands of hearts in Japan. Stephanie is a singer, songwriter and an actress currently residing in Tokyo. Gifted with major artistic talents, she could sense from the start that music was the dream she wanted to pursue in the future. While starting off with her professional singing career Stephanie is a graduate of Aoyama Gakuin UniversityLaw School. Stephanie was born to a Japanese mother, and an Armenian father, in Los Angeles, California. Although Stephanie is residing in Japan she has a strong commitment to her Armenian background and is very attached to her grandparents. She heard many stories about the Armenian Genocide – a historical event that changed so many destinies; including her grandparents’. Those stories lead to the enhancement of her consciousness on the issue and despite being far from homeland Stephanie is true to her Armenian roots and is a keen learner of the culture and history. Her Armenian grandparents Jean Pierre Topalian, and Koharik Mikaelian Topalian relocated to the United States from Lebanon, choosing final destination and place of dwell the state of Wisconsin. Starting singing at the young age of 13, Stephanie sent an audio demo tape of her singing to various Japanese music productions, and received a response from a Japanese music producer Joe Rinoie. Rinoie was impressed with her singing, and at the age of 19, Stephanie made her major debut in Japan from SME Records (Sony). She achieved the “Best New Artist Award” at the prestigious 49th “Japan Record Awards” in 2007, and afterwards released two albums.
Stephanie's songs were widely featured in the Japanese “Anime” scene. Her 1st and 2nd single, "Kimiga Iru Kagiri" and "Because of you" consecutively became the ending themes of the Anime “Kiss Dum”. Her 5th single "Changin", was also featured as the last ending theme of the Anime “D.Gray-man”. In early 2008, her single "Friends" became the second ending theme for the Anime TV series “Gundam 00”. The song fell into the top 10 of Japanese Oricon charts. As an actress Stephanie debuted in the film Pride in 2009, based on Yukari Ichijo's shōjo comic. She portrayed the protagonist Shio Asami, and also took part in the film's theme song, "Pride ~A Part of Me~ feat. SRM". Aside from “Pride”, Stephanie also starred in “Tokyo Tribe” (2014) and a short film, “It's All Good” (2009) which was fully scripted in English.