Born and raised in New Hartford, New York and now residing in New York City Stephen began playing guitar at the age of 15 after hearing John Mayer’s “Room For Squares.” Since then, he has continued to craft his skills as a singer-songwriter, recording and performing a catalog of original music, including two EPs and one full-length LPs.
Stephen began his musical career as a drummer, and his transition to a songwriter has weaved a percussive element into his guitar playing and singing. Since humble beginnings as a solo act around Central New York, Stephen has since finely tuned the performance and arrangement of his songs to complement both bold full band shows and intimate acoustic events. Stephen’s live shows distinctly blend singer-songwriter charm and comedic wit, leaving listeners wanting more. Encore Magazine says, “Whether his lyrics flourish with optimism or heartache, Stephen Babcock’s music infuses the listener with an all-encompassing positive feeling.”
With influences ranging from John Mayer to Otis, Stephen has a sound that is relateable and enjoyable to all fans of pop music. Critics agree, stating that “His youthful vocals parallel those of Jason Mraz, as does the cadence of his songs” (Encore Magazine).
After releasing “Dreams, Schemes, and Childhood Memories” in May 2011 and “Lost” in July 2013, Stephen went on a touring frenzy. He stormed up and down the east coast of the US as well as the United Kingdom, hitting coffee shops, small theaters, and numerous singer-songwriter festivals. With dates ranging from Athens, GA to London UK, his sound grew and explored new heights while on the road.
Stephen’s next EP, “Wishful Thinking,” was written and recorded upon returning home from touring and was released on May 9th 2014. After further touring up and down the East Coast of the US, Stephen went back in the studio to finalize his newest album "Said & Done", which released to a sold out Rockwood Music Hall show on February 27, 2016. With Americana and southern rock sensibilities, Stephen's new recording draws from acts like Dawes, Blake Mills, and Brett Dennen. Currently, Stephen is in the process of writing and recording his next EP, due out soon.