Stephanie Alma

Stephanie Alma Hernandez is a self-taught singer, songwriter, and composer born and raised in the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. She is interested in the sounds of disability identity and self-awareness through formal and informal vocal expression. Her vocal melodies reflect her deep connection to Mexican music, house music, Cumbia, and improvised music. Feelings of empowerment and rejuvenation surround her lyric writing. Stephanie Alma identifies as a Mexican American, disabled, woman who interprets cycles of grief and healing, life and death, emotions and emptiness through sound. She has an EP titled “Am I Worthy” consisting mainly of vocal and drums/percussion and a fully improvised live album titled “Mi Chicago” consisting of vocals, drums, percussion, piano, and bass. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois in 2018 and worked at the UIC Disability Cultural Center where she met with students to discuss moving through the world as a person with a disability.