Flint-area singer-songwriter Brendan Stevens had devoted his life to music, but, as happens to young people, he became restless and frustrated. He wanted more - believed he could be more. But did he have the courage to move away, leave his family and friends, and even more seriously pursue his artistic dream?
Stevens was extremely accomplished in the Flint area. He had studied at and sang in the prestigious University of Michigan-Flint Music School and its choirs. The singer also won the competitive annual UM Firepit talent show, the Swartz Creek American Idol contest twice, and most every other talent show in the area. But he worked for it. Stevens spent years being professionally and classically trained in vocals and piano (even opera). He also honed his abilities by performing in numerous, varied venues: festivals, art shows, local concerts, bars, restaurants, and churches. Further, Stevens played lead in every high school music production and also developed his voice in high school choirs. But as time passed, Stevens knew: None of it was now enough.
The moment had come to push himself - and test himself - on a bigger stage.
It was a late Thursday night when he packed up his Chevy and called his dad from the road to say goodbye. As happens to young people, things had become tense between father and restless son. But soon, Stevens was driving down I-75 with Flint, Michigan, in his rearview mirror. Nashville, Music City, the place where his long held dreams might come true (if he worked hard enough), lay ahead. As he drove, Stevens said everything changed. His mood shifted. The restlessness fell away, and it all became clear. He said he had an almost Godlike moment. He knew:
This is what I am destined to do.
And he has never looked back.
In the productive time since he struck out alone, Stevens has relentlessly pursued his dream: writing and producing his original songs and performing throughout Nashville. To hone his craft, he boldly set up his equipment every weekend in Centennial Park and played fan favorites but also his own music. He gained a considerable following. People came faithfully to watch him perform there and other venues in the city. While he sharpens his performing skills, Stevens also collaborates with top Nashville producers.
He recently released his catchy debut single “Summer Love,” which is popular on social media. It’s the perfect fun, upbeat tune that could soon be a summer hit – perfect for listening to while riding down the road, windows down, on a brilliant, sunlit day.
"It’s the first song I’ve written that really feels like me - has my energy and love for life," Stevens said. "I’ve written many songs before, but this one I’m really excited about. I can’t wait for the world to hear it. I hope it brings people joy.”
"Summer Love" is available on Spotify, Itunes, and most all services.
Soon, he will release “Starstruck,” “Brighter Day,” “Blind,” and “Bullet Wounds.” The songs not only showcase his pop and R & B vocals but his considerable skill at songwriting, arrangements, and melodies.
Taking to the road was Stevens' best decision. He listened to his inner calling and summoned his courage (and he knows his dad - his entire family - is his greatest support). Stevens now believes he is on the path to his best music yet.
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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Brendan Stevens recently released his first music single, “Summer Love,” which is now available for download on iTunes, Spotify, and other services. The pop music single is the first in a series of songs to be released over the next several months. The songs are co-written and sung by Stevens.
From a young age, Stevens studied music and singing: 10 years of piano lessons and 12 years of vocal lessons. He graduated from Swartz Creek High School in MI in 2017 where he was a solo artist and member of the Swartz Creek Madrigal choir, earning the “Most Outstanding Madrigal” award. He also conducted the Swartz Creek Junior Varsity Choir, was a member of the Swartz Creek Jazz Band, and sang as a Choir Fellow at First Presbyterian Church in Flint, MI. Stevens performed at various band and choir concerts and arts shows throughout his high school career. After graduation, he attended the prestigious University of Michigan-Flint Music Program where be became a Chorale and Chamber singer, performing at various concerts. He is a winner of the University of Michigan-Flint Fire Pit Talent Show, twice winner of the Swartz Creek American Idol contest, “1831 Reasons to Rock” second-place contest finalist, among other awards. Stevens also performed throughout the Flint area at bars, restaurants, festivals, talent shows, and churches.
The artist has currently co-written and produced several songs with Nashville producers. One is an upbeat pop single "Summer Love," which was recently released. The romantic and soulful single "Starstruck" will be released in September. More singles that will be released in upcoming months.
“Summer Love has a great mainstream pop feel, and it’s super fun," Stevens said. "I imagine people listening to it in their cars, singing along, just enjoying a summer day. And it’s the first song I’ve written that really feels like me - has my energy and love for life. I’ve written many songs before, but this one I’m really excited about. I can’t wait for the world to hear it. I hope it brings people joy.”
Stevens is inspired by greats Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Adelle, and John Legend. To learn more about Brendan Stevens, hear his music and purchase his songs, go to BrendanStevensMusic.com, Spotify, Itunes, Amazon Music, Shazam, and YouTube.
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Go to Itunes, Apple Music, Spotify, or Shazam to purchase "Summer Love." Play it over and over. It's the perfect summer song!