David P Stevens Review “Epiphany”
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This 11 track album from Philly based artist/ producer David P Stevens covers his range of musical influences from Neo Soul to Smooth Jazz.
From this project it’s clear that Stevens has been heavily influenced by many of the great Soul and Jazz musicians from days gone by. The album is enhanced by a number of high quality guest musicians.
The opening track “Shy Guy” sets the tone for an album that will appeal to the lover of the smoother side of soul, jazz and funk. Carol Riddick shines on the beautiful “Your Embrace”.
Frank McComb & Northende on the Stevie influenced duet “Good Morning World” Gerald Albright plays on the jazz funk instrumental “Just like that” and Tesa Williams is guest vocalist on “Play For Me” which is a joyful funky soul tune.
David P. Stevens – Play It For Me (f. Tesa Williams – Live)
“The One” is a fine tune which showcases some fine guitar work and Gerald Veasley contributes to the George Benson influenced “Walking”. This is the type of set that those who attend the luxury soul and Jazz weekenders should have in their collection and should gather plenty of airplay from radio stations that specialize in smooth grooves.
DPS – Walking
“I’m coming for you”!
Born into a musical family, David Stevens began playing the guitar at age 12 and quickly by the age of 15 began writing, recording, and playing professionally.
While in Nashville, he did some touring, writing and performing. From Nashville, David relocated several times to pursue diverse musical ventures.
In 2005, David recorded his first jazz album entitled Timeless. This album featured several renowned Philadelphia musicians and employed the services of longtime musical friend, Lisa McClendon. Timeless set the stage for what was to come.
After the success of Timeless, David began producing his current album, which will be released on his newly signed record label, 111 East jazz Records this summer. Accompanying David on this new project, are Steve Cole, Gerald Veasley, Carol Riddick, Alex Al, Donnell Spencer Jr., Carl Cox, Shamika Phoenix, Dionne, Donald Robinson (co-producer of the album), and several other musicians from all over.
Make Me Say It Again Girl (Part I & II – Live)
The fusion of these incredible musicians is nothing short of amazing! If the single “Uptown” Which has been charted as #1 new smooth jazz single, in USA and The UK, is any example of things to come, the future is definitely bright for this budding jazz artist!
When asked about his vision for the forthcoming project, David had this to say: “I wanted to create an album that encapsulated the tradition of the Philadelphia jam session.
David P. Stevens – Uptown
In this album, I focused mainly on live musicians and letting them have the freedom to jam. There are some great love songs for married folks on here as well, but the majority of the album was geared towards bringing back the lost art of live studio recording!”
Currently, Stevens writes, produces and engineers at his recording facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in the studio, David is hard at work producing other artists and gearing up for a possible tour! This new album will quickly separate him from the pack.
David Stevens trading 8′s with Lou Taylor
David has also garnered endorsements from ESP guitars, Fred Rock Guitars, and Zion Guitars. A few of David’s musical influences are his mentor, Darryl Johnson (of D-For), Fred Cooper (Boyz 2 Men), George Benson, Earl Klugh, Dwight Sills, Larry Carlton, and Norman Brown. Stevens, who earned a B.A. in Philosophy and African American Studies from University of Massachusetts, sincerely states,
“If I could change anything about music, it would be to bring back real musicians and change the tide from instant microwave hits to actual thoughtful individual expression.”
David Stevens is a “must see” performer. His season as a musician coupled with his electrifying stage presence will please any contemporary jazz loving audience for any event. The new album is due out in mid summer. In addition, the single “Uptown” is available currently on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
It’s been charting in Amazon UK, as #1 new release and about #4 Best seller in both neo soul and jazz, for the last 2 weeks.
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***New Single Releases***
The first release will be dual~singles from “Epiphany”, the soon to be classic “Just Like That” feat. Gerald Albright & the jazzy 2-step/club-ready “Play It For Me” feat. Tesa Williams will be available at radio, internet, and retail outlets 11/16/2012.
“Epiphany” Album Release Date: Spring 2013
David is currently in the studio working on his 4th independent studio CD entitled “Epiphany” 13 tracks of great contemporary jazz, neo~fusion, R&B, & nu~soul featuring Gerald Albright, Tesa Williams, Frank McComb, & many more scheduled for release globally in the Spring of 2013.
David Stevens is a solo artist signed to 111 East Jazz Records
Major Production/guitar credits:
Production/ guitar, bass, engineer, mixing, piano
Marvin Winans Jr.
“Image of a Man” Engineer/ Guitar/ Bass/ keys
“Live At the House Of Blues” Writer
“Reality” Writer/ Producer/ Guitar/ Bass/keys
“Christmas With You” EP 2010 writer/producer/engineer/guitar/bass/keys/ background vocals
Guitar session work
Guitar on “I Am Who I am”
forthcoming project, Guest performer
forthcoming project Guest Performer
forthcoming project Guest Performer
NIYC Convention, Guitar
NIYC Convention, Guitar
Trinity Broadcasting Network
Guitarist for 1 year
Gail Jhonson (Nu Groove Records)
“Nu Groove Christmas Sampler” Producer/Guitar/Keys/ Engineer
“Something Special” Guitar/ Writer/ Producer
Uptown (single) current
The Shedd (exclusive)
“David Paul Stevens and Friends, From Thoughts To Actions” 1999
Independent Albums Produced by David
(all available @ Itunes.com)
Red Baron “Shades Of Grace”
Shamika Phoenix “On The Rise”
Domonique Wilson “Follow You” EP
Cicely Floyd “You that I Choose” (single)
NNeka Best “Better Than Life”
Nneka Best “Higher Than I”
Thomas Sligh “Treasures Of the Heart”
Cassey Brabbs “Turn”
Stan Jones “the Experience”
Mastery Charter High school Project
Children Of God Movement “Age Of Innocents”
Aisha Morrell, “Aisha Morrell”
Timothy Spadey (Indie Gospel writer)
Nicole Danielle “I worship You”
Chris Thomas (Indie Gospel artist)
Deveron Patterson (Indie soul singer)
David is the owner of production facility, “sanctifly Music Group”
David is the MD for Shamika Phoenix
David is a touring solo jazz artist
David is the guitar player, for ROTFD (return Of the funky drums) Philadelphia
David is the MD for Christ Center Church Of God
David is a member of the Philadelphia Recording Community (PRC), run by Mike Tarsia.