Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens

time 7:00 pm

May 19, 2017

Performing music may just be in Scott Stevens’ blood. The artist and songwriter grew up surrounded not just by country music but by a talented family; Scott’s mom led music at their church, and his dad played with the Talking Heads and Joe Walsh of the Eagles. “My dad had his old electric guitars, a couple Les Pauls, hanging up on the walls, and I wanted to be like him. So I started to learn” Scott says. And he did learn. He also picked up piano, drums, and bass guitar along the way. Moved by the very concept of creating something (music) from nothing, he was hooked. Music became everything.
“I was raised to love, listen to, and play all genres of music, but when I first heard Tim McGraw, I knew I was a country music singer,” the Knoxville, Tennessee native says. “I’m drawn to melodies that get burned on your brain, and lyrics that resonate with more than just me – that reach out and touch people,” he says.
Not only does it resonate, but resoundingly so: Scott’s independently released debut EP garnered over 15,000 downloads and 70,000 streams within just months of release.
“Remember how you felt the first time you heard Keith Urban – that’s the way you feel the first time you hear Scott,” says CMA, ACM, and CRB Major Market Personality of the Year Ramblin’ Ray Stevens.
It’s a feeling that’s struck again and again – with journalists, with industry executives, and with fans. It caught the attention of Nashville publisher CTM. It’s also earned him opening slots for Randy Houser, Craig Morgan, Melissa Etheridge, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, and Parmalee, co-writes with industry legends like Jeffery Steele and Mark Nesler, and song placements with ABC and HGTV.
Though it wasn’t his first career love, Scott first considered music in high school. As a kid, he excelled as an athlete – he was determined to play basketball professionally and was most often found shooting hoops in the drive. But a reevaluation of his life goals came at around age 16. “I’ll never forget it,” Scott laughs. “My mom had a conversation with me – she tells me ‘Scott, you’re not that good.’ It sounds so harsh, but it was so necessary.”
When he simultaneously broke his arm and leg a year later while snowboarding, he was forced to turn to other interests. “I had to be pulled out of school,” Scott says. “I couldn’t even write. But I could hold a guitar.” He began to write songs, eventually entering a songwriting contest, which he won. He’s been writing and performing ever since.
It’s a performance you won’t want to miss. “Scott is the rare and real performer,” Shelby Kennedy, VP of Entertainment Relations at TuneCore (Spotify, iTunes), says. “He’s the natural artist that so many try to be.”