Essaï Altounian, Vahe Tilbian and Tamar Kaprelian have already been announced as members of the group Genealogy, representing Armenia in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Today they are officially joined by Stephanie Topalian.
Stephanie Topalian’s magical voice and wide vocal diapason has already enchanted many fans in Japan. Stephanie is a singer, songwriter and an actress currently residing in Tokyo. Gifted with major artistic talents, she could sense from the start that music was the dream she wanted to pursue in the future.
An Armenian Artist from Asia
Stephanie was born in August 5, 1987 to a Japanese mother, and an Armenian father in Los Angeles, California. Although Stephanie is residing in Japan she has a strong commitment to her Armenian background: Her Armenian grandparents relocated to the United States from Lebanon.
Starting singing at the young age of 13, and at the age of 19 Stephanie made her major debut in Japan from SME Records (SONY). She achieved the Best New Artist Award at the 49th Japan Record Awards in 2007 and afterwards released two albums.
Stephanie's songs have been widely featured in the Japanese Anime scene. Her 1st and 2nd single, Kimiga Iru Kagiri and Because Of You consecutively became the ending themes of the Anime Kiss Dum. In early 2008, her single Friends became the second ending theme for the Anime TV series Gundam 00. The song was listed in the top 10 of the Japanese Oricon charts.
As an actress Stephanie debuted in the film Pride in 2009, based on Yukari Ichijo's shōjo comic. She portrayed the protagonist Shio Asami, and also took part in the film's theme song. In 2014 Stephanie also starred in Tokyo Tribe.
Stay with Eurovision.tv to find out the next member of Genealogy, on March 3rd!