A Troubled piece of fruit


About the artist

Stephan Nance was born in Eugene, Oregon, but raised outside any municipality, in the unincorporated area of Santa Clara. Like their childhood home, Stephan’s songwriting resists annexation; they specialize in poetic piano rock. Theirs is not the voice of the majority, nor the voice of a generation... but it is a voice worth listening to.

Stephan began uploading performances of their original songs on Youtube in 2008, with “Song for Losers” amassing over 100,000 views. They soon moved beyond the video-sharing site and released two EPs, Tricky to See (2008) and A Piece of the Piece (2011). In 2012, they released their debut studio album, A Troubled Piece of Fruit (2012).

In 2016, Stephan returned to YouTube with new material, uploading bedroom performances of 18 new original songs in an 8-month period. These new songs explore a wide range of topics, from sexual assault to the environmental racism of the Dakota Access Pipeline project, and reference more than 30 species of birds.

In 2017, Stephan toured Japan, playing 9 shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shunan (Yamaguchi Prefecture), Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Ibusuki (Kagoshima Prefecture).

Stephan is currently working on their second album, SPARKBIRD.

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A Troubled Piece of Fruit

by Stephan Nance