Artists, just by making music that the public hears, have a platform. But what they do with that platform and what message they choose to deliver varies. 24 year-old Los Angeles-based artist Stephen uses his music as a vehicle to bring awareness about societal matters. The handful of songs he’s released since he was a student at University of Miami (which have together garnered millions of plays) have all spoken on different issues and his most recent single continues this mission.
“Sincerely” is an emotive track which finds Stephen’s rich, raw vocals twist and turn over atmospheric electronic production. The song will be included on his upcoming debut album Sincerely, Stephen, due out April 26. Says Stephen of the message behind the song:
“My generation has been mislead. We were told to fit in, pass our classes, go to college and prematurely select careers that we don’t love so we can work the rest of our lives to pay back the debt. Our curriculums smothered our creativity and evaluated our worth through standardized testing and our willingness to accept indentured servitude. We were promised independence, but all that our efforts have earned us is the illusion of freedom.”
Listen to it below.
2/29 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
3/1 New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
3/2 Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java Music Club
3/3 Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
3/8 Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
3/9 Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox
3/10 Louisville, KY – Zanzbar