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 stealing records from his older brother's bedroom and falling in love with music. 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 two full-length LPs. His latest record, "Fiction" released to critical acclaim in April of 2018.
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 spanning pop, Americana, and country genres, Stephen songwriting appeals to people above or below the Mason-Dixon line.
Since Stephen's last release, "Said & Done", an extensive schedule of touring up and down the east coast (and in the UK) helped drive Stephen to take his music in a new and exciting direction. Inspired by his time in the South (and some familial North Carolina roots), Stephen's new album "Fiction" is a heartfelt EP about love and loss, all mixed with country twang. Pedal steel meets songwriter sensibilities in a new album that is already causing selling out shows at New York's famed "Rockwood Music Hall". You can listen to the new album "Fiction", out now.