Lyric Rachae Stephen (Born July 17, 1996), professionally known as Lyric Rachae, is an entertainer/singer-songwriter born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. At the age of 10, Lyric took the stage in Musical Theatre performances all around the city of Atlanta in major venues such as The Fox Theatre, The Rialto, Alliance, Variety Playhouse, and Atlantic Station. With a passion for music, dance, and drama she decided to further her studies by attending DeKalb School of the Arts in Decatur. There she studied Voice, Drama and Dance while laying the basis of her own career as a performing artist. Lyric has worked with Grammy Award winners Anthony Dent, Christal Nicole, and music/entertainment executive Ron "Tricky" Montgomery. In 2012 Lyric opened for the Southeast Emmy Awards along-side Jasmine Guy and shortly after wrote the theme song to a short film entitled "What About Us" starring Jasmine Guy. Today, Lyric is attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music as a full tuition City Music Scholar and full-time student while budding into her own sound.
Her stage name Lyric Rachae derived from her legal name Lyric Rachae Stephen. With her father being heavily involved in the music industry, the name resonated beautifully between her parents Rashidah Stephen and Charles Stephen. Rachae (ruh-shAY) is a merge between her mothers first name, (Rashidah) and her fathers stage name (Chae).
Lyric grew up under the influence of her fathers’ musical taste and performance attributes. She’d come home from school to artist like Anthony Hamilton, Al Green , Marvin Gaye, and The Isley Brothers playing from the stereo system while her father sang along. Lyric was characterized as being an “old soul” because of the roots of her musical repertoire. However, as Lyric got older, she developed her own palette of musical taste; highly favoring artist like Janelle Monae, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift.
While performing is Lyrics all time favorite passion, she enjoys writing her own songs. At the age of 9, she locked herself in the front office of her childhood home in the Grant Park area and wrote her first song, “Did You Thank The Lord Today” to Pachelbel's “Canon in D”. She takes pleasure in uplifting and empowering through her lyrics. Other early originals include “Lemonade Stand” and “Find Your Love” which she went on to record at the age of 13. In 2011, Lyric wrote a rebuttal to the chart-topping Mindless Behavior song “Mrs. Right” called “Mr. Right” that received over 43k plays on YouTube. Some of her more recent writing accomplishments include writing the theme song for a short film called “What About Us” starring Jasmine Guy and receiving 2nd place in the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Jingle Competition. At Berklee College of Music, Lyric is dual-majoring in Songwriting and Music Business, learning to expand as a writer as well as sharpening her business skills.
In Boston, Lyric pursues her passion for performing not only through outlets that Berklee provides, but also by being the lead singer in the one of Boston's most popular bands, Sweet Tooth and the Sugarbabies, where she gets to travel the New England area and share her gift.
Lyrics mother, Rashidah Stephen is her biggest supporter. She impressed early business principles on Lyric at a young age by supporting her dream of performing while encouraging realistic approaches towards reaching those dreams. Lyric says that “without the foundation my mother laid out for me, I would not be where I am today”. Lyric gets the best of both worlds - business and art, through her parents passions. She plans to go as far as she can in the entertainment industry; traveling, performing and serving as a mentor in the near future. Until then, Lyric will continue her studies at Berklee College of Music.