Stephanie (singer)

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Stephanie Topalian
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Background information
Birth name Stephanie Topalian
Also known as Steph
Born (1987-08-05) August 5, 1987 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 2007–present
Labels SME Records
Associated acts Genealogy
Website www.stephanietopalian.com

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.

Biography[edit]

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.

In February 2015 she was announced as a member of the music group Genealogy that will represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Stephanie (ステファニー?)

  1. Kimi ga Iru Kagiri (君がいる限り As Long as You Are Here?)
  2. Friends (フレンズ?)
  3. Life
  4. ANGEL GIRL
  5. Fallin'
  6. Shiny Days!
  7. Smile and Turn Away
  8. Beyond Myself
  9. Truth
  10. To.Be.Me.
  11. Winter Gold
  12. because of you
  • Peak Position: #16
  • Total Sales: 12,516

Colors of my Voice

  1. Kotoba Nanka Iranai Hodo ni (It doesn't need words) (言葉なんかいらないほどに?)
  2. Changin' feat. Tanaka Roma
  3. FUTURE
  4. Kindan no Knockout (禁断のKnockout?)
  5. Together
  6. Forever
  7. Pride ~A Part of Me~ feat. SRM
  8. KISSES
  9. Kizuna (キズナ?)
  10. a song for you
  11. Daisuki na Minna e. feat. fans (大好きなみんなへ。?)
  • Peak Position:
  • Total Sales:

Singles[edit]

Kimi ga Iru Kagiri (君がいる限り?)

  1. Kimi ga Iru Kagiri (君がいる限り As Long as You Are Here?)
    First ending theme for the anime Kissdum -ENGAGE planet-
  2. All the Way
  3. ANGEL GIRL
  • Peak Position: #36
  • Total Sales: 10,382

because of you

  1. because of you
    Second ending theme for the anime Kissdum -ENGAGE planet-
  2. To.Be.Me.
  3. Ben
  • Peak Position: #50
  • Total Sales: 7,898

Winter Gold

  1. Winter Gold
  2. Life
  3. Kimi ga Iru Kagiri (Acoustic ver.) (君がいる限り (アコースティックver.)?)
  • Peak Position: #80
  • Total Sales: 1,863

Friends (フレンズ?)

  1. Friends (フレンズ?)
    Second ending theme for the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00
  2. Let's Go!!
  3. because of you (Acoustic ver.) (because of you (アコースティックver.)?)
  • Peak Position: #8
  • Total Sales: 31,201

Changin' feat. Roma Tanaka

  1. Changin' feat. Roma Tanaka
  2. Changin' (Stephanie Only ver.)
    Eighth ending theme for the anime D.Gray-man
  3. Together
  4. Truth (orchestral ver.)
  • Peak Position: #50
  • Total Sales: 2,961

Pride ~A Part of Me~ feat. SRM

  1. Pride ~A Part of Me~ feat. SRM
    Theme song for the live-action movie Pride
  2. Pride ~A Part of Me~ (Stephanie only ver.)
  3. KISSES
  4. Changin' (Double Piano Mix)
  • Peak Position: #82
  • Total Sales: 1,150

FUTURE

  1. FUTURE
    Theme song for the movie High Kick Girl
  2. Breakdown
  3. Pride ~A Part of Me~ (Sweet & Mellow Version)
  • Peak Position: #155

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