Country music sensation Stephanie Rabus is back in the spotlight with an emotionally charged new single, "Halo (Outside Looking In)". This much-anticipated release marks Stephanie's first single since the Josie Music Awards nominated "My Time Now" in April 2022.
In "Halo (Outside Looking In)," Stephanie delves deep into the complexities of relationships that appear picture-perfect from the outside, but hide painful truths beneath the surface. The song offers a poignant portrayal of a mentally abusive relationship, shedding light on an issue that affects countless individuals.
With its heartfelt lyrics and soulful melodies, "Halo (Outside Looking In)" exposes the stark reality of a relationship marred by emotional turmoil. Stephanie masterfully captures the anguish and vulnerability experienced by those trapped in such situations, making this song not only emotionally resonant but profoundly relatable to anyone who has grappled with the hidden agony of an unhealthy partnership.
"Music has the power to express the unspoken and heal wounds," Stephanie has commented . "I wanted to create something that speaks to those who have walked this difficult path, letting them know they're not alone."
Reigning from St. Louis, Missouri, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Stephanie Rabus started singing at age eleven. At that time, her dad was the drummer for their next-door neighbor who was an Elvis impersonator. One night while they were playing music, Stephanie asked to borrow the microphone and belted out a song from the movie The Little Mermaid. Impressed by what they heard, her parents quickly bought her a karaoke machine and the rest was history.
Stephanie was a self-conscious child, having a cross-eye that was later corrected with surgery at age fifteen, and open heart surgery years before that for a severe heart murmur. She struggled with low self-esteem believing she was overweight, comparing herself to her three thin siblings. It was discovering her talent of music that she started to find her confidence and feel like she had found her place in the world. Noticing the effect that the songs she sang had on people and how it would make them feel good, emotional or even understood, she knew that music was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
With years of singing in cover bands under her belt, Stephanie developed a unique style combining country, soul, pop and rock. She currently travels with her band, Borderline, regularly play big fairs and festivals in the summer months and some of the most popular music clubs and venues in the area all year around. They have had the honor of opening for many major artists such as Little Texas, Bryan White, Lee Brice, Cassadee Pope, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Lindsay Ell, Confederate Railroad, Mark Wills and more. She also performs in Nashville at popular honky-tonks on Broadway.
In spring of 2022 Stephanie released her album "My Time Now", which was perfectly titled for the season in her life. She has blown us away with her single "You Did a Number on Me" (co-written with Justine Blazer and Becca Rae Greene), a catchy, traditional country tune with clever play-on-words. “My Time Now" is an album that tells stories about falling in love, losing love, realizing the importance of taking life one moment at a time and knowing it was all worth it in the end. Following the success of "My Time Now," which garnered widespread acclaim for its honesty and authenticity, Stephanie continues to connect with audiences through raw, heartfelt storytelling.
Stephanie Rabus' rich vocals are smooth and buttery, and kind of a cross between Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood, with a hint of Carrie Underwood. Her lyrics tend to have just enough sass to add a little edginess, but Stephanie's angelic voice keeps her songs sweet.
"Halo (Outside Looking In)" is yet another testament to Stephanie's songwriting prowess and ability to touch the hearts of listeners. This single is poised to make a significant impact on the music scene and contribute to the ongoing conversation surrounding mental health and toxic relationships. Stephanie Rabus is a reminder that behind the "halo" that society often sees, there can be a hidden world of pain and suffering.