Stephanie Dosen

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Stephanie Dosen
Stephanie Dosen Snowbird.jpg
Stephanie Dosen performing at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds on 17th April 2009 with Snowbird.
Background information
Origin Wisconsin, United States
Occupations musician, songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 2002-present
Labels Bella Union
Associated acts Snowbird
Massive Attack

Stephanie Dosen (born 12 May) is an American singer-songwriter and knitwear designer, and a member of the band Snowbird. She was raised in Wisconsin. Her songs have been featured on the soundtracks of Dawson's Creek, NUMB3RS and Party of Five.

Dosen got her start in 1994 with the band Virus, an ambient techno group whose debut album Analogue was considered groundbreaking in the Christian trance music scene.[1][2] In 2002, Dosen released her first solo album, Ghosts, Mice & Vagabonds. The ethereal self-produced work received rave reviews, with Billboard choosing Dosen as one of the top six independent musicians in the Midwest for 2003.[3]

In 2006 Simon Raymonde, the former member of the Cocteau Twins who runs the Bella Union label, heard Dosen's music. As a result, they worked together on the music that became Dosen's second album, A Lily for the Spectre.[4] The album was recorded in Pikeville, Kentucky and North Wales. Dosen appeared on the BBC TV programme Later... with Jools Holland and on the Australian TV rock quiz entertainment show RocKwiz. In February 2008, she collaborated with José González for an "iTunes Live: London Sessions" performance.

Dosen joined Massive Attack as a lead vocalist in June 2008, singing on such as-yet-unreleased compositions as "Red Light", "Marakesh" and "Kingpin". She made her debut at Royal Festival Hall in London, performing in two shows as part of the Meltdown Festival, which the band had been selected to direct that year. Dosen also performed with Massive Attack at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. However, no Dosen vocal contributions were included on the band's subsequent 2010 album Heligoland.[5]

Dosen and Raymonde formed Snowbird in 2009. The duo released their debut album, Moon, on 27 January 2014 on Bella Union.

Dosen sang on three tracks on the 2010 Chemical Brothers album Further. She worked with them again in 2011, co-writing and singing on the theme song of the 2011 British-German film Hanna.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • Ghosts, Mice & Vagabonds (2003, STA)
  • A Lily for the Spectre (2007, Bella Union)
  • Moon (with Snowbird) (2014, Bella Union)

Knitwear Designer[edit]

Dosen has gained fame in the UK and America as a knitwear designer under her brand Tiny Owl Knits.[7] Her ethereal and innovative designs, complimentary to her music, have been featured in both mainstream and knitting magazines, including BUST, Handmade Living, Simply Knitting and Yarn Forward. In 2013 she released her first knitting pattern book, Woodland Knits, which topped Amazon’s "Books of the Year" craft category roundup.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From Oddities to Wormsign, Greg Young Tells Us Everything". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Virus". Retrieved 4 August 2011.  dead link
  3. ^ "Stephanie Dosen's new Album". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Stephanie Dosen Biography on AllMusic.com". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.audiodrums.com/2010/01/18/new-massive-attack-paradise-circus-ft-hope-sandoval-of-mazzy-star/
  6. ^ "Stephanie Dosen Biography on Bella Union". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Tiny Owl Knits". Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Woodland Knits: Taunton Press". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Quadrille Publishing - Author Stephanie Dosen". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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