“We both, as women, have faced adversity and prejudice in the industry. Often women are exploited, and we both have had to deal with that. Our writing and performance stylistically are extremely powerful and that is uncommon. Our goal is to reach as many people as we can with our music in hopes of making them feel what we feel when performing. Our audience connection is strong, which is very important to us.” – Soulful Femme on, being women ini the industry.
The results are in! –
These two dynamic personalities complement each other with the gift that they combine for a dynamic experience. Sit back and be entertained!”
—Pittsburgh Rn B
“Just saw Soulful Femme. Blown away by the vocals and guitar. The blues/funk/jazz fusion was an absolute pleasure to listen to.”
—Emlenton Cultural Trust
”A duo of dynamite wrapped up in a blanket of soul and blues.”
Soulful Femme is a blues, funk, jazz duo from Pittsburgh, made up of two women: Stevee Wellons (vocals) and Cheryl Rinovato (guitars). Their debut album, “It Is Well With My Soul” is being released on June 4th, 2021.
Vocalist Stephanie Wellons, aka Stevee Wellons, has been performing in the tri-state area for the last 25 years and is known for her high-energy stage presence and performance. Stevee has performed with numerous area bands and currently teaches and coaches voice at numerous CCAC college campuses in the area. Formerly, she taught at the prestigious Afro-American Institute (AAMI), in the Homewood Area of Pittsburgh. An experienced recording artist as well, Stevee has recorded in Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago and Baltimore. Stevee Wellons Band won the 2015 Blues Society of Western PA’s Blues Challenge and represented Western PA at the 2016 International Blues Challenge.
Studying Applied Music with a 2nd major in Arranging and Composition at famed Berklee College of Music, Cheryl Rinovato began her musical career as a studio musician throughout New England. Since moving to Pittsburgh, Cheryl has pursued her musical career as a professional musician for numerous area bands and has done extensive studio work. Cheryl has also been the recipient of the prestigious Jim Weber Award, given to blues guitarist of the year, three times; in 2012, 2013 and 2015. She is a Delaney (out of Austin, TX) endorsed guitarist with 2 signature guitar models.
Stevee and Cheryl have performed with: Shemekia Copeland, Ana Popovic, Samantha Fish, Tas Cru, Miller & the Other Sinners, Joann Shaw Taylor, Tommy Castro and Mike Zito.