Throwback: Stacie Orrico

Stacie Orrico is another one of those female artists signed to Christian record labels in their teens during the late 1990s and early part of the first decade of the new century. Stacie was 12 when she signed her first record deal in 1998. Her first project, Genuine, was released in 2000 and included the single Don’t Look At Me.

Sheila Richards, Stacie Orrico and me, 2000-ish.
Sheila Richards, Stacie Orrico and me, 2000-ish.

She garnered some mainstream attention with the release of the self-titled Stacie Orrico in 2003. It included several songs that crossed over to AC and CHR mainstream radio, including (There’s Gotta Be) More To Life. She was huge in Japan, and did a sold out tour there. Stacie did a couple of guest appearances on the NBC TV show American Dreams in 2003.

As is too often the case, the attention from the mainstream was met with skepticism by Christian radio and Stacie never fully regained her footing on the Christian charts. In 2006 she released Beautiful Awakening in Europe and Asia, but the U.S. release was delayed and when it did go out it was in limited quantities as her label was being acquired. Since then she’s been largely quiet. Her “official” website,, is simply a photo of Stacie with a banner at the top of the page that reads, “Updates soon. In the mean time, please say hello on my new Facebook.”

Here’s the video version of (There’s Gotta Be) More To Life.

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