Born and raised in New Hartford, New York and now residing in New York City after graduating from Syracuse University, Stephen began playing guitar at the age of 14 after hearing John Mayer’s “Room For Squares”. Since then, he has continued to craft his skills as a singer and songwriter, recording and performing a catalog of original music.
Originally beginning his musical career playing drums, Stephen’s transition to a songwriter has weaved a percussive element into his guitar playing and singing. Since beginning humbly as a solo act around Central New York, Stephen has since finely tuned the performance and arrangement of his songs to compliment a full band of Bass, Drums, and Saxophone or just a simple acoustic guitar. Stephen’s live shows distinctly blend singer-songwriter charm, and comedic wit, making fans feel apart of the show and allowing listeners to dive into the emotional depth of each song
With influences ranging from: John Mayer, Brett Dennen and Jack Johnson, to Otis Redding, Jamie Cullum, Bon Iver, and Damien Rice, Stephen has a sound that is relatable, yet enjoyable to all fans of pop music.
Stephen’s debut album recorded at Syracuse University entitled Dreams, Schemes & Childhood Memories was released on August 31, 2011. The album then was taken on the road around the north east while Stephen performed there in the Fall of 2011. Stephen continued touring throughout 2012 and 2013 stopping up and down the east coast as well as spending time in Europe.
Stephen released a new EP entitled “Lost” on July 19, 2013 and then hopped back on the road to showcase the new songs that summer. Starting in November of 2013, Stephen began recording his latest EP “Wishful Thinking” which is set to release May 9, 2014 with the single “Someday”. Plans for a tour to promote the release are soon to follow.
EP audio available at www.stephenbabcock.bandcamp.com
Colonie [album version]
Shallow Heart [album version]
Fallin’ [album version]
Better in Time (live)