TV viewers couldn’t help but tear up during Stephanie Rice’s audition on “The Voice” in 2017. After singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece,” Rice told the judges her parents “disowned” her when she came out to them. “I’ve been taking that brokenness and the emotion – I’ve been channeling it into … music,” she said.
Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys called Rice “the purest artist on this show… You are a producer. You are a musician. You play multiple instruments. You are a writer. You are exactly what an artist is supposed to be.”
Rice, who grew up near Texarkana, graduated from UH in 2012 with a biology major and a psychology minor. After graduation, she conducted research on HIV at Baylor College of Medicine before releasing her debut album, “Dear Misery,” with her band, Colonial Blue. Today Rice lives in Los Angeles and continues to encourage fans with her music.