Miami’s Stacey Berkley is an exciting performer who’s changed many peoples’ minds about what can be played on a harp. With her first place winning performance at Harpfest 1997 Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Competition, Stacey has established herself as an artist with her own unique sound. Her music takes you on a World Music journey, from evocative and moody ballads to dynamic Brazilian rhythms, contemporary Celtic to Caribbean Calypso. Her talent is very much in demand by some of the biggest names in show business, as she has performed and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, John Denver, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, and Jose Feliciano. Her chamber group, Serenade Ensemble, was nominated in 2002 for a Grammy for best Classical Crossover album. She has released 2 albums, “On Top Of The World”, and “Music To Soothe The Savage Beast”, and she is currently performing both with her band and solo at festivals and concerts throughout the USA and Europe.
Born on Miami Beach, she began taking piano lessons for several years until she discovered the harp. When she was 15, she had the considerable fortune to become a student of the late and great Edward Vito, soloist and harpist under Toscanini. Stacey originally envisioned music education as her future, and received a Bachelor of Music Education with honors at the University of Miami. It was while she was studying classical harp at the University of Miami that she had the opportunity to hear some of the best Jazz musicians in the US. She began to improvise and incorporate Miami’s melting pot of musical styles into her playing. This led to her participation in the 1997 Lyon & Healy International Pop & Jazz Competition at Monterey, California. Her natural talent for combining rhythm and jazz harmony with emotional interpretation was recognized with a first place win in this prestigious competition.