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Stacie Orrico (born March 3, 1986) is a Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning pop singer-lyricist, and occasional actress.
Stacie Joy Orrico was born in Seattle, Washington to Italian-American parents.
Orrico is one of five children: her siblings are Jesse, Rachel, Alicia and Joshua.
Orrico got her start in 1998 at the age of 12 by attending a Christian music festival Praise in the Rockies, held in her then-home state of Colorado.
Orrico inadvertently entered a high-stakes talent competition, and won. A ForeFront Records executive was on hand and approached her for a record deal (she eventually did sign with them). In 2001, she toured with Destiny's Child.
Since then, she has released two albums. The first was Genuine, created at the young age of fourteen. It sold over 13,000 copies in the first week, the highest debut week sales ever for a female Christian artist.
The album produced the hit single "Don't Look At Me" which topped Christian charts for ten consecutive weeks. The album had two #1 hits, as well as three more Top Ten singles. Genuine eventually sold 500,000 copies, giving the album Gold certification on word-of-mouth alone.
Her next effort, the more mainstream and titled Stacie Orrico, was released in 2003 and charted in the U.S. Billboard Top 200 (debuting at #67), Australian ARIAnet and the United Kingdom albums charts. The first maintream single from this album was "Stuck", which became a worldwide hit making it into the Top 5 of Top 10 of the majority of the world's charts.
This was followed by the single "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life", which also charted and went top 20 in Australia and the UK (#12). "(There's Gotta Be) More To Life" failed to do as well as "Stuck" but still became a hit in many countries, especially in the US where it was a bigger hit than "Stuck".
This was then followed by "I Promise" (top 30 in the UK), and the final mainstream single "I Could Be The One" (top 40 in the UK on June 2004). Both singles were given limited releases and limited promotion, and predictably they did not fare as well as the first two singles.
The last three singles were only released to Christian radio in addition to "Strong Enough", which reached #1 as the CD's very first single. Stacie Orrico sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S., also good for Gold certification. The album also sold 600,000 in Japan and an estimated 3.4 million copies worldwide.
Her new album Beautiful Awakening was set to be released worldwide on August 29, 2006, but for some reason the release of the album has been postponed in America. Though pretty much all of the songs from the new album leaked onto the internet, Beautiful Awakening was still released in Japan, the UK, and other countries.
The album features production from Dallas Austin, Dwayne Bastiany, KayGee, and The Underdogs, and writing duties are performed by notable songwriters like She'kspere, Track & Field, Anthony Dent, Nate Butler and newcomer Novel and Orrico herself. The album sold 100,000 copies in Japan.
The first single "I'm Not Missing You" went for radio adds on June 20, 2006, but due to little promotion was re-released in October.
The song peaked at #19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "So Simple," was released in Asia in October 2006 and was released in Europe on January 27, 2007.
Her music is looked at as an influential part of the now highly profitable Contemporary Christian Music industry, along with bands such as P.O.D.
At the beginning of 2007, American and Canadian fans eagerly anticipated the belated release of Orrico's third studio album "Beautiful Awakening", which was then later postponed again with a problem at Virgin Records. In March 2007, Orrico announced to fans that Virgin Records was merging with Capitol Records and she had left them and would not be releasing the album with that label.
After a long break from the public eye, Stacie Orrico headlined the 'QB Goes Live' concert on March 15 2008 in Cambodia, performing to an audience of over 50,000 at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium. Orrico is currently a free agent artist, and is not yet signed to a major label to release her upcoming R&B influenced album, expected to be released in 2009.
In June 2008, a new Stacie song called "Knock 'Em Out" was leaked on the Internet. It is believed to be a demo from her upcoming album.
Orrico is also appearing at Singfest Festival in Singapore and Summer Breeze Festival in Korea - it is unknown whether Stacie Orrico will be previewing new material at these festivals. Japan tour dates in July 2008 in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka have been added, according to Billboard-Live.com.
When asked about her influences, she responded: "All of my influences are very soulful musicians - my favorite artist is Lauryn Hill, and I've always loved Whitney Houston and Ella Fitzgerald - and I wanted to explore that direction more."
After the release of Stacie Orrico and the singles from that album, Orrico decided she did not want to pursue her career in music any further. She worked with her best friend at a fish and chips place in the city she grew up in. Throughout her break, however, Orrico continued writing music which then, eventually, led her back to her career. She started recording again and developed a new album Beautiful Awakening.
In February 2007, Orrico left Virgin Records due to its merging with Capitol Records. Stacie Orrico then traveled to South Africa, as a volunteer with Cross-Cultural Solutions, to help children with AIDS. She has now returned from South Africa.
She was signed at 12 years old to Forefront Records in 1999 and co-signed to Virgin Records at age 16 in April 2002.
Her CD, Genuine, sold over 13,000 copies the first week making her the First New Female Christian artist with the highest sales ever. "Genuine" has sold 500,000 copies and is certified Gold. Her second album, Stacie Orrico, debuted at #67 on the Billboard 200. Stacie Orrico has sold 600,000 in Japan and 1.5 million copies worldwide.