Stephen Clark is a journalist…a storyteller. Sometimes he uses a camera; sometimes it’s a guitar. Either way Stephen’s passion is to tell a good story well.
A veteran TV journalist, his job has taken 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 and wildfires, to floods and blizzards, 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. Sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry. But through it all we’re human.
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 share a DNA but while his TV stories must always be 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 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 splits his time between Detroit and Nashville, where he and his wife own an historic loft two blocks from the legendary Ryman Theater.
Steve Taylor graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1995 with a degree in songwriting. After returning to Michigan, Steve joined Detroit based Yeah Loud Records artist the Vudu Hippies. The band released the CD Trampoline in 1997 to rave reviews and a Detroit Music Awards nomination for Album of the Year. The Vudu Hippies opened for such acts as Oasis, Spin Doctors, Grand Funk Railroad, and Fuel, and released two full length CDs in 2001 (Rise and Funsucker.)
In May of 2009, he formed The Steve Taylor Three. This trio grew organically together, building their vast song list through audience requests, and extemporaneous performance. In October of 2014, The Steve Taylor Three released “Check Your Baggage”. It is available on iTunes, and anywhere you can still buy CDs. The band traveled to Nashville in April of 2015, performing at the world famous Bluebird Cafe, The Listening Room, and recorded some new material at two local studios.
Julianne Ankley‘s award winning, soulful country style hails from a small Michigan border town close to the shore of Lake Huron and within earshot of the musical influences of Detroit.
With seven Detroit Music Awards, including the 2019 award for Outstanding Country Artist/Group, Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band, The Rogues, for years. To date, she has released 3 albums and 4 singles with her sophomore album “Vivid” garnering the 2012 DMA for Outstanding Country Recording. Her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane” was used nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special. From her debut solo album, “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless. Julianne performed her song “Christmas In Your Heart” for the 2016 nationally televised “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” She’s currently working on her 4th album and released a single and video for her song “Why” in 2019.
As a songwriter, Julianne has written with Platinum and number one hit songwriters, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson and Amanda Williams. She has performed at many songwriter shows alongside hit writers including Aaron Barker Sr., Chas Sandford, Gary Hannan, Dave Gibson, Heidi Newfield, Kristen Kelly, Byron Hill, Angie Kielhauer, Bernie Nelson, and Barbara Cloyd.
She’s been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.
“The best of Detroit Country Music shines through in this relevant and very poignant song from a present day soldier’s mother’s point of view. ‘He’s Still My Boy’ is a well-written piece of American pie that really hits home. Our heroes give of themselves every day and their families pay just as big of a price and that is what this song is all about. Julianne can sing and she can ever more write a good song. When I read about this on Twitter I downloaded it right away. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!” – Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys