Fagan describes her first effort as "trying to sound like a singer-songwriter," but Heart Thief comes from a more personal and genuine moment in her life, post-college, pre-marriage, in a comfortable limbo of adulthood.
Fagan is a self-described "lyrics snob," with melody and instrumentation coming in far behind. She also is a product of her generation--she grew up listening to singles, and only recently has discovered the pleasure of an entire album. Interestingly, this has led her to re-examine some of her former favorite songs and find the artists' deeper catalogs and histories--a completely novel concept to Fagan! Prior to the last two years, she could not even identify artists, simply individual songs, but at the encouragement of the producer, Missy Jones of Yonder Music, Fagan began to immerse herself in albums from start to finish and found that the cohesive concepts greatly improved her own writing for this record.
Stephanie's voice needs no "fairy dust" to bring forth meaning beyond her lyrics. Her live performance, whether backed by a full band, in an acoustic duo, or just with her guitar, remains true to the recording yet stands on its own. If you enjoy her live, you will appreciate the album, and vice versa. Heart Thief accurately reflects songwriting to which many people can relate and enjoy.