Sufjan Stevens is an American musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey, Michigan. He is known for his lyrically focused and instrumentally rich songs that often relate to faith and family. He has enjoyed wide critical success in the United States. He is considered part of the folk revival through indie pop, but his influences are very broad, including experimental electronic music, the jazz of Vince Guaraldi, and the academic minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
The rising alt-R&B singer-songwriter (full name: Christopher Gallant) began recording songs in middle school to parse his teen emotions. “It started to be a cathartic thing,” he says, “the same way that you would write something in your diary.” After graduating from New York University, he moved to Los Angeles and was discovered by manager Jake Udell, the man behind EDM breakoutsKrewella and Zhu. Udell says he was driven to tears by Gallant’s soaring falsetto, sleek hooks and deep songwriting, which draw upon diverse influences from Babyface to Incubus.[read more…]