John E. Stephens' Music Resume
California State University, Chico – BA in music 3.6 gpa Chico, CA 8/99 – 5/2002
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
Teacher of voice, trumpet, and guitar eight years
Sing lead and harmony, play guitar, harmonica, keyboard, and bodran Recording and live sound engineer
Write four part harmony
Proficient with Digital Performer, PEAK, and Diamond Cut audio programs
Sonshine Mountain Bluegrass Band - sing, and play guitar and harmonica - Sprague River, OR
Sierra Ridge Riders cowboy band - Sang lead and harmony, played guitar and harmonica, Paradise, CA
Royal Blood gospel quartet - organized and sang lead, Sanford, Maine
John Stephens contemporary Christian band - organized, sang lead, played guitar, Sanford, Maine
Messenger contemporary Christian band, sang harmony – Ada, Oklahoma
Directed choir and started Royal Ranger program - Stockton, CA
Creative Arts and Youth Camp Director - Youth With A Mission, Chico, CA
Quite Carried Away English Country Dance band - played guitar and sang - Sacramento, CA
Youth With A Mission - Sang and played guitar on outreaches to Jamaica, Grand Bahama, and Argentina, and a cross country Spirit in '76 bicentennial wagon train Hammonton, NJ
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. 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 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