Stephen Clark is a storyteller. Sometimes he uses a TV camera; sometimes it’s a guitar. Either way Stephen’s passion is to tell a good story well.
A veteran TV journalist and news anchor for four decades, his job took him to the far reaches of the Earth covering the stories that have shaped our lives. From wars in Bosnia and Somalia, to the Rodney King riots in the streets of LA. From earthquakes, wildfires, floods and blizzards, to the 9/11 attack on America Stephen has been there to tell the stories of the people caught in the middle.
He brings that same journalist’s sense of story to the songs he writes. The adventures of people caught in the middle of life.
Stephen’s musical life started long before his television career. A self confessed “band nerd” he survived high school by hunkering down in the band room learning to play every instrument he could get his hands on. It got him into a competitive music program at the University of Northern Colorado.
But, always a sucker for shiny things, the flashing lights and dials of the college radio and TV stations eventually lured Stephen into the journalism program. Thus began his parallel journalistic journey. Writing TV stories at night and songs later at night. The stories, whether spoken on camera or sung from behind a guitar, share a DNA but, while his TV stories were always true and accurate, his songs need only be true.
He draws his stories and the characters in them from a life on the road as an Air Force “brat” (seven or eight moves before 8th grade), from the people he’s met during his TV and radio career (another seven or eight cities) and from his family and friends.
He has a keen eye for detail, a feel for emotion and a sharp sense of humor and brings it all to bear in the songs he writes.
Stephen retired from Detroit’s WXYZ TV in 2018 but immediately transitioned into a job hosting the classic rock morning show on WOMC radio.
During the pandemic of 2020, Stephen retired a second time and relocated to the sand, sun and surf of Southwest Florida.
Today when he and his wife Larenne aren’t traveling the world, he’s in Nashville honing his songwriting craft in their historic loft two blocks from the legendary Ryman Theater, or on a beach in Florida where his friends have learned that anything they say or do may very well become a song.
J.T. Harding was born and raised in south Detroit. Obsessed with MTV as a kid he formed bands in school then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his songwriting dream. He has written several number one hits including SMILE with Uncle Kracker, SOMEWHERE IN MY CAR Keith Urban, Beers and Sunshine Darius Rucker and SANGRIA for Blake Shelton. J.T.’s wild memoir PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR Will be released by Hatchette books in Feb 2022.
Steve Taylor graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting. After returning to Michigan, he joined the popular Detroit band Vudu Hippies. The Vudu Hippies opened for such acts as Oasis, Spin Doctors, Grand Funk Railroad and Pat Benetar. In 2002, Steve completed a Master’s Degree in Music Theory at Wayne State University and produced the CD “Fall” for his band Five Days Straight. His song “Without” was featured on the show “Dawson’s Creek.” Steve performs as a solo acoustic artist, bringing his blend of soulful original material and songs by his favorite artists to more intimate settings. His trio, The Steve Taylor Three has performed all over Michigan and in Nashville while supporting their debut album “Check Your Baggage”. Their second full length album, “The Tenessee Sessions”, was recorded in Nashville and Memphis and released in March of 2018. Steve received 4 nominations in the 2019 Detroit Music Awards, including “Outstanding Americana Vocalist” and “Outstanding Americana Songwriter”. The Steve Taylor Three released their 3rd album “Earn Every Scar” in March of 2020. Steve and the band earned 6 Detroit Music Award Nominations including “Outstanding Americana Album” for “Earn Every Scar”. You can see Steve all around Detroit either solo, with The Steve Taylor Three, or playing mandolin in the Detroit-based Corktown Popes. While stuck at home durning the 2020 quarantine, Steve produced another solo album called “Beside Myself”. The Steve Taylor Three’s new album “Travel Light” was released in April of 2022. All their music available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, or wherever finer music is streamed.