Drawing inspiration from the likes of Freddie Mercury, Kate Bush, Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson and Father John Misty, London-based singer/songwriter Nick Stephenson has played at Glastonbury Festival, The Isle of Wight Festival and Secret Garden Party.
His single One Thing was produced by Steve Rodford of The Zombies, and reached the finals of the National Songwriting Competition 2015, and he was invited to perform it live on BBC Radio London. He has also recorded his song Mountain at Air Studios with Tony Newton, sound engineer to Iron Maiden.
Nick Stephenson currently gigs across the country (and beyond), armed with a catalogue of 60 original songs and around 200 covers. The impressive list of venues he’s played includes Clapham Grand, The Borderline and Alban Arena – where his previous band Nick and the Sun Machine were the official support act of alternative rock band Toploader. He has supported, Wild Willy Barrett, Toyah Willcox, The Staves and Ade Edmondson and appeared on BBC 6 Music‘s ‘Memory Tapes’ with Lauren Laverne.
He traces his inclination towards music and performance back to the age of 5, when he remembers hearing The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night for the first time on the way to the hospital to have his tonsils removed. The Beatles were the first musicians to truly influence him, particularly Paul McCartney.
Nowadays he lists his influences as including; Scott Walker (for his uncompromising vision, the astonishing imagery in his lyrics and unique, daring vocal delivery); Elvis Costello (for his edgy, bloody-minded self-belief, his controlled and thrilling onslaught of aggression and the ambitious arrangements of much of his material); and Kate Bush (for her sheer originality and depth of emotion, as well as the grace and humanity in her voice and songs). Another of Nick’s obvious influences is songwriter, singer and guitarist Richard Thompson, as he connects with the sly, biting and often hilarious wit of his words (such as in End of the Rainbow, Stony Ground) and his incredible storytelling and guitar playing (Vincent Black Lightening 1952, Beeswing).