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Kansas City musician Stephonne is fiercely themself and wants you to be, too

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Stephonne's music blends aspects of rock, R&B and hip-hop to create a truly distinct sound.

The Black, queer singer-songwriter from Kansas City, Kansas, says it's taken them 36 years to fully live life. Performing on stage, Stephonne says, is "me owning that freedom, that wholeness of myself."

Genre-bending local musician Steponne is known for their lively performances and captivating stage presence.

The Black, queer singer-songwriter grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and blends aspects of rock, R&B and hip-hop to create a a truly distinct sound.

Stephonne told KCUR's Up To Date that they feel the most themself while performing on stage for an audience.

"It's not a persona for me," they said. "It is fully me and all of my power and agency and autonomy, and it's me taking my sexuality back. It's me owning that freedom, that wholeness of myself."

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Claudia Brancart is an Up To Date producer for KCUR 89.3. She graduated from Pitzer College in Los Angeles where she majored in World Literature and Studio Art. You can reach her at claudiab@kcur.org.
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