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 discover 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 young, 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 publishing and production deal up and running - and a Music City buzz as loud as it’s ever been - Stevens is getting the chance to share some of the most important things in his life with fans everywhere.
The Scott Stevens buzz in Nashville started when he made the move to the country music capitol after college. And even though he was able to put himself through school by playing gigs as well as landing television placements on ABC and HGTV, Nashville threw him a curve ball: for the most part, you don’t get paid to play music in Music City. Stevens had to come up with another way to make a living while pursuing his dream. So he put to use his formal vocal training and began singing demos for songwriters. This “session work” as it’s known in the industry, allowed Stevens to gain notoriety in town and immediately began to set him apart in an oftentimes auto-tuned industry. His voice has since graced the tracks of some of Nashville's biggest hit writers. Ask anyone close to Stevens and this came as no surprise - they could have told you there was no question that his voice would be heard.
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 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 that often comes across in his pop country.
Although Stevens regularly writes with Nashville hit-makers, it’s during his high-energy performances that the SESAC represented artist says he feels the most alive – as hundreds of thousands have discovered after seeing him perform with his band in most every venue in the southeast. “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 early 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.