Born and raised in New Hartford, New York, now residing in New York City and studying at Syracuse University, Stephen began playing guitar at the age of 14 after hearing John Mayer’s “Room For Squares”. Since then, he has continued to craft his skills as a singer and songwriter, recording and performing a catalog of original music.
Originally beginning his musical career playing drums, Stephen’s transition to a songwriter has weaved a percussive element into his guitar playing and singing. Either with meticulously finger picked grooves on songs such as Not Worried and Elizabeth, or dynamic rhythm pieces heard in “Fallin” and “Better in Time,” Stephen’s music has proved to satisfy every type of environment. Since beginning humbly as a solo act around Central New York, Stephen has since finely tuned the performance and arrangement of his songs to compliment a full band of Bass, Drums, and Saxophone. During a show, while giving his band mates a few minutes to rest, Stephen utilizes the middle of the set for solo acoustic performances and medleys. This gives the audience a chance to hear a variety of different original songs, covers, and interpolations that are different and unique to each show.
With influences ranging from: John Mayer, Brett Dennen and Jack Johnson, to Otis Redding, Jamie Cullum, Bon Iver, and Damien Rice, Stephen has finished the recording of his first album, comprised of new songs, and those re-recorded from his first EP “Arrivals & Departures.”
Stephen’s debut album recorded at Syracuse University entitled Dreams, Schemes & Childhood Memories was released on August 31, 2011 and will be taken on the road around the North East, and showcased throughout New York City while Stephen studies and performs there