Sufjan Stevens is one of the most interesting characters in indie music. Instead of following trends, Sufjan operates in his own world so far away that the idea of "normal" becomes foreign. Fascinated by aliens, monsters, religion, history, and literature, Sufjan approaches music with the vision of a classical composer and the imagination of a child. When he's at his best, he delivers masterpieces and even if he's released some projects that have made you scratch your head (like his most recent release featuring dozens of Christmas songs), his decisions are intriguing, and it's clear that Sufjan isn't necessarily concerned with what people want. In this day and age, that's rare for any moderately successful artist, and we applaud him for following his imagination and making some beautiful music along the way.
To get more familiar with Sufjan Stevens, check out these 12 facts about his inspirations, his past, and the surprising meaning of his name.Click to start the list