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Stevie Vann Lange was born in Mufulira Zambia a small African village close to the Congo border, her Father was a copper miner her Mother a doctor, they both encouraged her to play the piano from the age of 6 years old and she was singing in a dance band by the age of 12 years.
Her Dad used to take her to gigs, hang around and bring her back home till she was old enough at age 16 to drive and take herself.
Soon after she was 16 years old she had her own television show in which she danced and sang to a Hollywood a gogo style.
By her late teens she had released two LPs in her own right and had been voted Top Female Vocalist in South Africa, where she was presented a Sari award by the late great Peter Sellers.
A household name by the time she was a young teenager Stevie became the top TV and radio jingle singer in South Africa, singing on virtually every advert going.
Stevie attended the same school as Mutt Lange in Mufulira and when she left Zambia met up with him later again in South Africa where they married and formed a band called Hocus.
They both sang on jingles during the day and night times were spent writing, recording and playing gigs.
Working with Mutt in the studio for years undoubtedly helped Stevie to hone and perfect her production skills Mutt is still regarded as one of the best producers on the planet.
Stevie and Mutt soon felt the need to expand and when offered a UK management deal, neither needed any encouragement to pack and leave Cape Town by ship to England.
When they arrived in the UK Stevie met Dave Dee who was with Warner Brothers at the time and clinched a deal with her husband Mutt under the name of Stephen. They released their first single called Right On Running Man.
Mutt went on to become one of the world’s leading record producers although their marriage had broken up they still today remain the best of friends.
Stevie entered into the Session world yet again after the split with Mutt but this time in the UK.
The first session she sang on was for Manfred Mann where she met Chris Thompson soon after the meeting she formed a backing group called Bones.
When Bones fell apart it was Chris Thompson who approached her to form a group with him. The result was Night a deal was secured with Planet Records which resulted in two US top 20 singles and two albums “Hot Summer Nights” and “The Champ”
During this time Stevie was living in the states and through Huey Lewis, met up with the Doobie Brothers, eventually co-headlining an American tour with them.
Night finally parted company in 83 resulting in a succession of prestigious jobs in various areas of the industry.
For five years on and off she sang with The James Last Soul Choir along with Vicki Brown, Madeline Bell, and the guys Jimmy Chambers and George Chandler and Jimmy Helmes who later became the famous “London Beat”.
For two years she toured with Elton John and contributed vocals to albums and singles for artists all over the world.
A few who got the Stevie Vann treatment where, Elton John, Def Leppard, Billy Ocean, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Dave Steward, Brian Adams, Tina Turner, and Living in a Box.
The late 80’s early 90’s had Stevie playing in Molly Duncan’s “Contraband” throughout Spain alongside The four Tops and contributing vocals to the SAS band Spike Edney’s all Star Band (SAS Band) who she still sings with to this day.
Stevie recorded her own Rock Album with Mutt in Nashville in the early 90’s.
Stevie’s CV to follow below tracks her impressive resume from the 90’s to the present day.
Vocal Coaching For
Sophie Ellis Bextor
Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)
Tina (S Club 7)
Made In London
Sheer Blonde Twins
Sung Live With
Tears For Fears
Gillette Blue 11
Segrams Wine Coolers
(Duet with Bruce Willis)