John E. Stephens' Music Resume
California State University, Chico – BA in music 3.6 gpa Chico, CA 8/99 – 12/01
Special Projects - Received a CSUC Research/Creativity grant to develop a new idea for a light and sound system, which was successfully completed.
Lee University- Music Major/Voice, Trumpet, touring choir - Cleveland, TN
- Sing lead and harmony, play rhythm guitar, harmonica, keyboard
Teach voice, trumpet, and guitar
Four years of Music Theory – can write four part harmony
Studied The Physics of Sound – can set up and run live sound
Recording studio experience as a performer and engineer
Audio Restoration business three years
Proficient with audio programs - Digital Performer, PEAK, Diamond Cut
- Published songwriter
- Played trumpet 5th grade through college and with street ministry at Surfside Challenge Miami, FL
Began singing solos in church at 12 years old.
- Sang and played guitar on outreaches to Jamaica, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Argentina, and a cross country bicentennial wagon train with Youth With A Mission, Hammonton, NJ
Organized and sang with a gospel quartet and contemporary Christian band - Sanford, Maine
Messenger - Sang harmony with contemporary Christian band, – Ada, Oklahoma
Choir director, started Royal Ranger program - Stockton, CA
Directed youth camps and recorded album, “Jesus, I Give You My All” - Chico, CA
Played guitar with an English Country Dance band - Sacramento, CA
Sierra Ridge Riders cowboy band - Sang lead and harmony, played guitar and harmonica, Paradise, CA
- Recorded album, “God, You're So Beautiful” with Tate Music Group – Mustang, OK
Sonshine Mountain Bluegrass Band - play guitar and harmonica - Sprague River, OR
Choir Director, Worship Leader - Sprague River, OR
Eleven years experience driving tractor-trailer and bus
- American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc. (CCLI)
Last September I recorded a solo album, “God, You’re So Beautiful”, with Tate Music Group. My desires with this album are to encourage the old, the defeated, and the depressed, to tell of the wonderful goodness of Jesus, and to call the unbelievers and fence riders to Him; hence "How Long Will You Wait?" and "It Was the Blood On the Cross" but understanding our struggles ("Why Do I Let Go of Your Hand?") and the joys (Take Me Up Higher) but especially the beauty and companionship of Jesus (Lord, I Love You) and "God, You're So Beautiful!).
I live near Sprague River, Oregon with my wife, Jan, who sings with me sometimes. Sprague River is a tiny town in the high desert of south central Oregon. We moved here because it's quiet, beautiful...and relatively cheap. It's much easier for me to enjoy God's presence and creation than in the city. God surprised us by having a wonderful, loving church body here which has contributed to our inward healing and personal growth.
I worked with Youth With A Mission several years and had the opportunity to go to Argentina, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Jamaica doing missionary work as well as being on a cross country wagon train for America's bicentennial in 1976.
I enjoy God and His beautiful creation, my wife, kids, and grand kids. I like fishing, swimming, boating, gardening, wood working - and of course music.
Influences that formed my musical tastes: growing up in church, my mom singing strong harmonies, gospel quartets such as the Oak Ridge Boys, the Imperials, and the Blackwood Brothers, Love Song, Barry McGuire, John Michael Talbot, Phil Keagy, Ray Charles, James Taylor, Carol King, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley,Simon and Garfunkel, and the Allman Brothers Band.
I hope you experience God’s presence and pleasure today, wherever you are.
God's blessings on you!
John E. Stephens