“Believe in the beauty of your dreams,” screams Soraya Ocean from the fresh open waters of San Francisco, CA. The musical styles of Courtney Stephens pka Soraya Ocean takes listeners to that moment where music dictates everything. At the tender age of 6, Soraya grew up expressing a huge interest in acting and singing. Blessed with her gifts, she was provided many opportunities to display her talents while performing live musicals in front of a captivated school audience. These life changing experiences became a catalyst to strengthening her love and passion for music. Soraya evolved into a musical “boom box” always entertaining her family and friends by singing the likes of music icons such as: Whitney Houston, Madonna, and Michael Jackson. She continued her pursuit and musical aspirations throughout her teenage years, writing her own lyrics daily while learning to play the piano. After graduating from High School, Soraya attended the élite Berklee College of Music where she studied and achieved her Bachelors of Music. During her time at Berklee, Soraya discovered her life purpose and career path by reaching out to musical colleagues and eventually collaborating with bands like “Livewire,” “Boston Common Band,” and “Internal Affairs.”
Soraya’s unbelievable vocals and ability to play piano landed her a spot in the group, “Those Bloody Yanks.” She immediately stood out, based on her dynamic performances and riveting vocals, which kept the audience enchanted and inspired in “the moment.” Armed with lyrical “bullets,” Soraya made the game changing decision of her career when she decided to pursue music full time and focus on herself as a solo artist. She is a huge supporter of Indie Artists like herself and would love for artists to have more relevant exposure in the industry.
Soraya’s high expectations of herself allow her music to come across authentic, introspective, and full of deeper meaning as expressed through her lyrics and her vocal presence on the songs she records. Her ability to be a performer and a musician by far sets Soraya apart from many rising stars in today’s music industry. Soraya credits many of her musical influences by top industry pop and r&b singers such as the legendary Justin Timberlake, Charli XCX, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys.
Today Soraya continues to bring flair to her music, developing her vocals, to fit each and every song she has written. She is more than ready to take her music to the next level by engaging fans worldwide. When she’s not enhancing her vocal ranges, Soraya is a huge environmentalist. She loves the outdoors, and has an even bigger love for animals. Besides becoming an amazing lyrical artist, and energetic performer in the industry, Soraya is prepared to break down those barriers hindering real music from being portrayed and redefine individuality and originality in her body of work. For now Soraya inhales knowledge and exhales innovative lyrics to give her fans the evolution of an artist who performs every moment to take your breath away!