Stephanie Michelle James also known as “Just A Vessel,” is a poet, vocalist, speaker and host.  Her mantra is “If I inspire you, you are my inspiration.” Originally from Colorado Springs, CO her passion for song and poetry began in 2004 at her alma mater, Hampton University; where she also played basketball and was the first women’s basketball player to win the Presidential Recipient award.  

 After residing in the DMV area for 8 consecutive years she quickly made a name for herself in the local open mic venues, universities and businesses.  Starting with her band, “Playlist” in 2013, as band leader and lead singer serenading over 80 weddings in a three year span. In 2015, she ignited her hosting career at Spirits & Lyrics Open Mic venue in Rockville, MD for two consecutive years and then went on to host shows in Prague and Vietnam in 2017. 

In 2012, she published her first book titled Just A Vessel: Your Weekly Inspirational Messages.  Her first album titled “My Heart’s Beat” was released in May 2014 and her second album titled "Ember" was released in December 2016.  

She has been fortunate to share her poetry and song internationally, visiting and performing in 38 countries and counting.  As a digital nomad, her lifestyle is to spend 1-2 months in each country and continue exploring and sharing her gifts with the world.  In 2018, she co-founded an apparel line called “Same Shirt Different Country” that is a minimalism movement to inspire others to “Pack Less and Travel More.”  Her ultimate goal is to continue encouraging her peers to step outside of their comfort zones and embrace the beauty in the differences and similarities that we all share.