Chey recording in the studio ( Chey Stepp)
Saddleback College student Chey Stepp, 22, who has been majoring in art this past year has been working on writing and recording her own album, modeling and working as a freelance makeup artist.
“Music is my passion,” Stepp said. “I don’t want to major in my dream because it’s really just something I love. I don’t want it to be a job.”
Modeling comes and goes for Stepp. She has done modeling for clothing lines and photo shoots.
“I love the pin-up style,” she said. “I like to think of myself as a modern style pin-up girl.”
Though music and song writing is something she works the hardest at. She records with her friend Shane Willz at his recording studio.
“We have been working together with songs that I have written, and I have also sang for some of his music,” Stepp said. “Shane is an amazing rapper and producer.”
Because she cannot write her own sheet music, Shane has helped her produce beats for the lyrics that she has written.
She currently has no record label or booking agent, but hopes to be signed in the near future.
The names of the two albums she has been working on with Shane are called “Real Life” and “Rage Life.”
“The ‘Real Life’ album is more heartfelt and real, and something I hope that people can relate to on a more sensitive level,” she said. “‘Rage Life’ is the fun party album with choruses that are easy to catch onto and bop along to.”
Neither album has been released. One song has been released on YouTube, called “What We Do.”
Shane and Chey have been posting brief behind the scene videos on YouTube called “Willz Weekly”.
She also has a Facebook page where she uploads song lyrics, pictures and other music she has been working on in the past.
“It’s surreal to me that my music has gone so far. I hope to have a solid demo a year from now, and to develop a definite style of my music,” Stepp said. “I’ve been told I sound like blues and pop. I have a wide range of what I like to sing, I love Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey and Christina Aguilera.”
Chey takes pride in her support system, which consists of friends and family, but she shows enormous pride in her recent urge to go big or go home.
“I honestly really helped myself. I stopped being shy and went full-fledged and told myself, ‘I’m just going to do it, and I’m not going to care what anyone thinks,'” Stepp said.
You can keep up with Chey Stepp’s recent activity with her music on facebook.com/cheystepp.