Stephie Joanna Victomé, known professionally as Stephie, is a Haitian-American independent singer-songwriter based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Born March 5, 1998, Stephie discovered her passion for music at the age of seven when she joined her elementary school’s choir. Shortly after, she began creating music of her own and at one point performed locally in many venues across Palm Beach County with her sister Sterling. During her sophomore year of college, Stephie worked as a home health nurse for a seven year old boy with down syndrome as well as many other health conditions. She would find herself singing to him as a way to ease his emotions during his most ill and anxious times. She defines it as one of her superpowers.
Stephie made the decision to ultimately pursue music professionally in late 2018, releasing her first pair of singles ‘Underestimate’ and ‘Love this Love’. Both were well received by the general public and even landed her a couple of interviews with Ania Holland of Medium, as well as with Anthony Hall of GCFX Global Radio. In the process of working on her newly released EP ‘Stay for a While’, Stephie collaborated with local engineers and artists such as Jefeth Frankson, known professionally as J Sharp, and Floridian rapper Kale. Inspired by an emotional experience, the project is smooth, soulful, and jazzy while displaying the passionate despair that she felt during the time leading up to writing.
Stephie’s ‘Black Rain’ was written during a time in her life where she had a lot going on mentally. She was trying to learn to allow herself to be vulnerable and emotionally available for the people surrounding her. During that time she learned that it’s okay to be mentally available for others but to also remember to take care of your own mental health.
The song is short and sweet and has many different layerings. Black Rain is the feeling of an unexplainable mental block that tells you to put your mental health first. You may not always have the mental capacity to take a hold of someone else’s problems as well as your own. That’s not saying you can’t be there for them, but remember to be there for yourself as well.