A versatile musician, Stevens grew up playing piano, drums and guitar at the Church of God, developing a dynamic performance style playing gospel music. He spent his teens playing in jazz and gospel bands, and developed sound and stage presence like one of his idols, Norman Brown, when he later emerged as an urban jazz artist. As his fan base grew with his early album releases, Stevens went from playing “any dive bar where they allowed jazz” in Philly to top clubs like North By Northwest, Warm Daddy’s and Relish. He and his band also played at various clubs down in Maryland, as well as the Woodrow Wilson Festival and the iconic Blues Alley club in Washington, DC. After years of playing as a sideman and recording with other artists, Stevens’ dreams of becoming a recording artist came to fruition with the release of his 2005 debut Timeless and his follow up The Shedd in 2008. Those two albums and his 2013 breakout Epiphany were all prelude to Mr. Guitar, his most ambitious and personal recording yet.
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