Stephanie Topalian, professionally known as Stephanie, born August 5, 1987 is Japanese American singer, songwriter and actress. Stephanie was born 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 and is very attached to her grandparents.
Starting singing at the young age of 13, Stephanie sent an audio demo tape of her singing to various music productions, and received a response from a Japanese music producer Joe Rinoie. Rinoie was impressed with her singing, and at the age of 19 Stephanie made her major debut in Japan from SME Records (Sony).
Stephanie was awarded the “Best New Artist Award” at the prestigious 49th “Japan Record Awards” in 2007 and afterwards released two albums.
Stephanie's songs were 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”. Her 5th single "Changin", was also featured as the last ending theme of the Anime “D.Gray-man”. In early 2008, her single "Friends" became the second ending theme for the Anime TV series “Gundam 00”. The song fell into the top 10 of 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, "Pride ~A Part of Me~ feat. SRM". Aside from “Pride”, Stephanie also starred in “Tokyo Tribe” (2014) and a short film, “It's All Good” (2009), which was fully scripted in English.