When 10-year-old, Whysper Stephenson, found herself home for weeks on end during the 2020 pandemic, there was no sign of going back to school to finish her 5th grade year. So, she decided she would use her time preparing to record some gospel and bluegrass songs.
Fiddlin' A Lilbit Whyspy, a mostly instrumental collection of songs, is the first endeavor for the multi-instrumentalist. The album was recorded after she and her dad, bluegrass veteran Larry Stephenson of the Larry Stephenson Band, were making videos and posting them online each day. It had been less than a year that she learned to play fiddle by ear, but she enthusiastically began to learn more songs to try and lift the spirits of everyone on lockdown. For many folks, it was a time of panic, uncertainty, and not knowing what was coming next. Sharing music was her way of trying to lift spirits.
In her first collection of songs, Whysper lends her sweet vocals on “Amazing Grace” and “I'll Fly Away,” that also features her Dad. She delights on the faster paced track, "Liberty," trading licks from mandolin to fiddle, and twin fiddlin’ with fiddler, Steve Thomas. She slows it down, but is twin fiddlin’ again, on “Faded Love” - a song her Mom loves, and her Papa used to play.
Whysper began playing piano at church at the age of 7, and still plays on occasion. You’ll find her singing one of favorite songs, "Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing,” a song she first learned on piano a few years ago.
Keep an eye out on Whysper’s career. This talented young lady certainly has a bright future ahead of her.