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The Stairwell / Press

“Christian bands rocked out all night at St. John XXIII in Perrysburg during a battle of the bands competition. The musicians on Friday ranged from rappers, rockers and alternative, and softer rock. The five groups involved were [The] Stairwell, 2+One, Setfree, Connor Roy, and Altars of Athens. They are all from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The winning group will perform in the July 27 Christian festival Exclaim! with nationally known Christian bands like Tenth Avenue North. Setfree, a Toledo Christian rapper, said it would be “unbelievable” to share the same stage with them. But Friday he was just excited to share his message and ministry to new listeners at St. John XXIII who have not heard his story or style of Christian rap. The Exclaim! festival is free. Friday’s bands event had a $5 cover and raffles to help raise money for the July event...”

“A Brand New Sound for The Stairwell Stemming from Christian rock roots in the cornfields of Northwest Ohio, singer-songwriter and guitarist Ben Vasko is making a splash with his latest project, The Stairwell. Driven by his powerful vocals and innate songwriting talent, the project has progressed from a mellower acoustic sound (The Quiet EP) to an aggressive alternative rock outfit featuring a full band (The Loud EP). The Loud sees Vasko and company transforming and blossoming, trading in the mild-mannered guitar strumming for catchy leadlines, thumping percussion and crunchy riffs. Taking cues from contemporary alternative bands with a slight punky edge such as Anberlin, Sent by Ravens, Switchfoot, Relient K and others, The Loud is a brand new chapter for an artist with a bright future. Website: http://www.thestairwellmusic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestairwellmusic - See more at: http://thestairwellmusic.com/press/#sthash.r9qhWvpL.dpuf”

“The Stairwell expertly weaves acoustic instrumentation, well-crafted lyrics and pleasing vocals into songs of unforgettable depth and quality.”

“Dear Ben, Thank you so much for coming to the library and performing your wonderful music. We had a great turnout and I know everyone had a good time.”

Brenda Hauk - Personal Letter