Americana Rocker with a few Janis Joplin Covers in the mix! With members of Spearhead and Los Moscosos. Stefanie Keys is "Powerful Soulful Magnetic JuJu"- Rhiannon 08 " San Francisco-based Americana-rocker may have nabbed a record deal with her gutsy, carefree version of Janis Joplin's ' Try ( Just a Little Bit Harder), ' But her own songs on the debut CD Say You Will- including the organ-driven I-found-my-man affirmation of 'Whiskey Bottles' , the slick blues rock of 'Freight Train' , and the jazzy rocker 'Hover'- are what should give Keys an edge in the crowded adult-alternative market.
The singer-songwriter-guitarist's bold delivery and musical muscle recall Melissa Etheridge, and she tapped members of RatDog and Spearhead to assist her in the studio. Despite the rock, jazz and blues on the all-too-short nine-song disc, Keys' finest moments come on Say You Will's most introspective, laid back cuts: the title track and the chilling slow-burn opener 'Girl I Don't Know' which deserves to be mentioned among the best songs of 2008." ~ Michael Popke Milwaukee Express, 2009
From the hills of Marin County California, Stefanie comes from a family of musicians, one of her biggest influences is brother Peter "Keys" Pisarczyk (Lynyrd Skynyrd). Peter rejected her constant attempts to sing in his band projects during our early teens which turned out to be the impetus for her to pick up a guitar and learn to do it on her own.
She hav grown as a songwriter and a singer playing with artists such as Jay Lane (Primus, 'Ratdog', Alphabet Soup, Charlie Hunter Trio,) and Dave Shul (Spearhead, los Angelitos, Ice Age ) Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springstein) Tommy Castro. In 2011 Stefanie released a new CD "Dead Horse Road". She also works diligently on the Janis Joplin songs she sings with her original band Big Brother & The Holding Co.