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Stef Lang, aka DYLN[1] (born Stephanie Jane Lang, December 30, 1988) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and producer who resides in New York City.[2][3][4] Originally from the Vancouver Island town of Ladysmith, BC, Lang left home at 17 to move to Vancouver, BC and pursue her musical career.[2] Lang often booked her own shows and interned at a recording studio where she learned how to produce.[2][5] Known for engaging performances and edgy lyrics [6], Lang released her first full-length album, The Underdog, in May 2010, distributed by Hipjoint Music/Universal Music Canada.[2][3] Her hit single, Mr. Immature achieved mainstream success when it peaked at #5 on The Billboard Chart for Canadian Emerging Artists.[3][7] Lang is known for her vocal feature on Canadian radio hit "Rollin" by Toronto's rapper ISH, which was released via Warner Music Group in 2012. In 2013, her vocals were featured on "Last Chance" by EDM artist Kaskade from his Grammy nominated album Atmosphere.[8] Lang also co-wrote and was featured on the song "All These Wounds" by EDM artist Ilan Bluestone and BT, which was released May 25, 2015 on the Anjunabeats Worldwide05 Compilation. Lang's third full-length album "Arrows" is a two part EP series entirely self-recorded and produced from her home studio.[9] Arrows Pt. 1 was released October 27, 2015.

Stef Lang
Stef Lang Live in NYC, 2015.jpg
Stef Lang Live in NYC, 2015
Background information
Birth name Stephanie Jane Lang
Born (1988-12-30) December 30, 1988 (age 28)
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Performer
Labels Universal, Nettwerk One/ H-Songs, Hipjoint Productions
Website Official Website

Contents

BeginningsEdit

Lang was born on December 30, 1988 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She is the youngest of three children and is a mixed heritage of German and Filipino. Her parents divorced when she was five, which is also when she started taking singing lessons. Lang and her two siblings were raised by their father who had a career as a land developer and home builder. Lang's childhood was spent relocating to various homes her father was building to sell. Eventually they settled in Ladysmith in 1998.[10]

By age 14, Lang had taught herself to play guitar, piano and was also taking dancing and acting lessons. She began developing her interest in songwriting and found inspiration from artists like Tegan and Sara, Ani DiFranco, and Joni Mitchell. Lang began performing in local talent competitions, music festivals and school plays.

While still in high school, Lang recorded two independent albums at a small recording studio on Vancouver Island. For her CD release, she organized a benefit concert to raise money for her town's Food Bank. She has also landed acting roles in TV commercials for Radio Disney and Hasbro's E-Kara karaoke system performing alongside Jamie Lynn Spears. At 16, Lang played the role of a pregnant teen who is physically abused in an independent film called 'Cable Beach'.[11]

CareerEdit

In the spring of 2006, Lang won The Beat Music Awards, a talent competition hosted by The Beat 94.5, now Virgin Radio. She won a four-song recording deal with Hipjoint Productions. After graduation, Lang moved to Vancouver where Hipjoint Productions offered her an internship in the studio to learn more about the music industry.[2] She spent this time honing her songwriting skills and learning how to run the studio. Lang worked part-time at a local grocery store as a check out clerk while performing at clubs like The Roxy, The Railway Club, The Media Club, The Bourbon, The Main, and The Rusty Gull. She also worked odd jobs as a cashier, retail sales clerk, server, hostess and as an extra on film sets.[12]

At 18, Lang suffered from severe depression and anxiety, stopping her ability to write or perform for 6 months. Lang continued an abusive relationship which ended up inspiring songs for her debut album.[13]

Within 4 years, Lang had written over 250 songs and had recorded them as ‘Volumes’ at Hipjoint Productions.[14] 2 EP’s were released, titled ‘Birth’ and ‘Blood and Bravery’.

In the spring of 2009, Lang penned a publishing deal with Nettwerk One/H-Songs, who launched the careers of Sarah McLachlan and Coldplay.[3] Other world-renowned artists such as Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk, k-os, Shawn Desman, Raine Maida, Barenaked Ladies, and Sum 41 have called Nettwerk home.[15]

In 2010, her debut album "The Underdog" earned her two Canadian Radio Music Award Nominations (HOT AC & CHR) for her single "Mr. Immature".[16] The Album was also nominated for "Pop Album Of The Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Her follow-up single "Slave 2 Love" was dubbed the most added song in Canadian Radio that year.

Film & TV Song PlacementsEdit

  • "Paper Doll" - LA Complex Episode 212[17]
  • "Bullet Train" - Degrassi Episode 1217[18]
  • "Diamonds" - Degrassi Episode (Love Lockdown Part2)[4]
  • "Straitjacket" - Degrassi Episode (In Your Eyes) Season 9 Ep. 18[4]
  • "All For You" - Degrassi Episode 1311
  • "Overdrive" - Degrassi Episode 1326
  • "Vulnerable" - Rookie Blue Episode 11[4]
  • "Wild Heart" - Vanderpump Rules Season 3
  • "All This Time" - The Best Years, TV Series[19]
  • "You Make Me Wanna Fly" - Delta Airlines[20]
  • "Give a Little Bit" - CTV BC "Making a Difference" Campaign[21]
  • "Going Places" - Beauty And The Beast #308[22]

Vocal FeaturesEdit

ToursEdit

AppearancesEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • 2004: Stephanie Lang (independent debut release, full-length CD)
  • 2005: Music in Me (independent release, full-length CD)
  • 2010: The Underdog[2] (first commercial release, full-length album)
  • 2012: Self (Full-Length CD, Solo Project written, recorded and produced by Lang)

EPsEdit

  • 2008: Birth
  • 2009: Blood & Bravery
  • 2012: The Fighting Mirrors
  • 2014: RUBIX
  • 2015: Arrows Pt. 1 [29][30][31]
  • 2016: Arrows Pt. 2

SinglesEdit

Year Song title Album
2010 "Straitjacket" The Underdog
2010 "Mr. Immature"
2011 "Slave2Love"
2012 "Paper Doll" The Fighting Mirrors
2012 "Bullet Train"
2012 "DNA" Self
2014 "Indestructible" RUBIX
2015 "Burn It To The Ground" [32][33] Arrows (Pt. 1)
2015 "Validation" [34][35][36] Arrows (Pt. 1)
2016 "Warrior Face" [37] Arrows (Pt. 2)
2016 "Not Alright" [38] Arrows (Pt. 2)
2016 "Stronger" [39] Stronger
Featured In
Year Song title Credits Album or EP
2012/13 "Rollin'" iSH featuring Stef Lang iSH EP Up & Up

Radio SuccessEdit

  • "Mr. Immature" - Hit #5 on The Billboard Chart for Canadian Emerging Artist[40]
  • "Slave2Love" - American Music Chart - CANADA: HOT AC as well as hit #12 on Mainstream Radio[41][42]
  • "Castle in the Cloud" - Canadian Music Blog's Top 20 Songs of 2012[43]
  • Album Self - Canadian Music Blog's Top 15 Albums of 2012[43]
  • "Rollin" Ish - 2012 - Canadian Hot 100 Peaked at #59 [44]
  • "Paper Doll" - 2012 - #1 Most Added Song in Canadian Radio

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Nanaimo News Bulletin - Hard work paying off for central-Island born songwriter - Mobile Edition". Bclocalnews.com. 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
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  11. ^ Aug 26, 2004 (2004-08-26). "Stephanie Lang". Canadian Film Online. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0934590/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
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  15. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/musical-honour-for-nettwerk-founder-idol-producer-1.660968
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  22. ^ "Music - Beauty And The Beast". The CW. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-06. 
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  32. ^ "PREMIERE: WATCH STEF LANG "BURN IT TO THE GROUND"". galore mag. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
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  44. ^ "iSH's Stature Is On the Up & Up". 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
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  47. ^ "Breakout West Announces Nominees For The Western Canadian Music Awards". vanmusic.ca. 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2015-06-10. 

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