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 these low-fi videos 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 spring of 2017, Stephan toured Japan, playing 9 shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shunan (Yamaguchi Prefecture), Fukuoka, Nagasaki, and Ibusuki (Kagoshima Prefecture). In the fall, they collaborated with Hotel RL, performing on the Living Stage at hotels in Salt Lake City, Spokane, Olympia, Brooklyn, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Stephan finished the year with the first leg of their Incredible Distance Tour, with stops in the UK, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Italy, France, and Morocco.
Early 2018 saw the official release of Stephan's Incredible Distance EP and the Japan leg of the Incredible Distance Tour, with shows in Sapporo, Fukuoka, Ibusuki, Saga, Shunan, Okayama, and Shimosuwa.
In June 2018, Stephan graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, with a minor in French and a strong focus on Queer Studies.
Stephan is currently working on a new EP and their second full-length album, SPARKBIRD.