Country up-and-comer Scott Stevens has been hooked on music since his mom first introduced him to anything Elvis Presley. Shortly after that, he discovered the awesomeness of music legends like Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen. Throw in his first guitar – a cherry red fender strat – and some Knoxville, Tennessee roots, and a country singer-songwriter was born. “Like all kids growing up, I looked for somewhere to fit in…but music just fit me instead,” says Stevens. “We moved around a lot when I was a kid, so singing and songwriting became some of my only constants…and they’re still two of the most important things in my life.” Now, with a new production deal with Cotton Gin Productions (Lee Ann Wolmack “Last Call”, Luke Bryan “You Don’t Know Jack”, The Lunabelles, Alan Jackson “Monday Morning Church”) up and running, and a new EP in the works, Stevens is getting the chance to share some of the most important things in his life with fans everywhere.
Stevens made the move to Nashville after college. Well, at least his clothes and furniture did. Almost immediately after moving to the country music capitol, Stevens went back out on the road nearly full-time and began fine-tuning his live performance. And it shows. Go to any Scott Stevens show and you’ll inevitably encounter 3 things: 1. an almost palpable Bruce Springsteen-like energy, 2. in concert vocal quality that entertainers like Keith Urban and Brett Eldridge have brought to the country genre, and 3. a damn good time. You might also take away that the singer is doing exactly what he was born to do.
After all, Stevens came from a family of music lovers. His mom was once a church music director and his dad was formerly a player for some of classic rock’s all time legends like The Eagles and Talking Heads. But as a southern-born musical kid from a faith-based family, naturally, the church stage became the catalyst to his passion for performance. It wasn’t until age 16, however, after breaking his arm and leg in a snowboarding accident (an event which Stevens sums up with “it’s a long story”) and then entering and winning his first songwriting competition, that he realized his passion for more than just performance. “I began to write songs and ironically, in a way, they began to write me. The words that I wrote told the story of who I was and vice versa. I immediately fell in love with writing.” says Stevens, “but I still sometimes feel like it only likes me” Stevens jokingly adds, giving a glimpse of the playfully flirty persona (think McConaughey) that often comes across in his pop country.
Although Stevens regularly writes with Nashville “hit-makers,” it’s back on the road during his high-energy performances that the SESAC represented artist says he feels the most alive. And that makes sense – seeing as Stevens’ live shows have in fact been likened to the party atmosphere of a college fraternity on game day. “This industry can take a toll sometimes – the road, the cowriting, the lack of sleep, the Ramen Noodles” says Stevens with a joking but sobering truth in his voice. “But that all pales in comparison to the energy I feel when I get on a stage and rock out…” pausing for comedic effect “with my guitar out.” It’s clear that Stevens abides by the “never take life too seriously” approach to living shared by the likes of, say, The Dude and possibly Bill or Ted. He caps the thought off with his recently adopted mantra – “Life is short. Play country music.”
And his breezy, southern good-time attitude is readily apparent in his music. With an EP dropping in 2015 and his first club headlining tour quickly approaching, fans will soon get to share in the latest offering of his brand of country music – a brand infused with danceable rhythms, catchy melodies and a poignant story to tell.
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