Biography

The press has dubbed him "the human jukebox".  He calls himself a "reluctant tenor".  He claims he knows over a thousand "cover" songs.  But, that's not the only thing he knows.  A consummate showman, Steve Stefanowicz knows how to delight audiences with his unique blend of acoustic guitar, rich vocals and sharp wit.

Steve has been blind since birth.  He began playing the guitar at age four, when his father would tune the guitar to a chord, hold Steve on his lap, and sing along while Steve strummed the guitar.  At age twelve, Steve became seriously interested in studying the guitar, and began taking lessons. His performances feature both original music and “cover tunes” that keep the crowd singing along.  With a wide range of influences, including James Taylor, Warren Haynes, Bonnie Raitt and Black Sabbath, Steve brings a broad menu of musical choices to his fans. 

Steve organized local favorites Blind Ambition, Rock Slide, Big Love, and the Steve Stefanowicz Band, along with his recent Duo project.  He also founded the well-known regional band Smilin' Jack.  He has performed with Lou Rawls, Sam Andrews' Holding Company, Blue Spark, Junkyard Jane, Garth Reeves, and Cliff Eberhardt.  Steve has also shared billing with Savoy Brown, Kansas and Elvin Bishop.  Showing his flair for musical diversity, he has worked as lead vocalist for the nationally acclaimed big band, The Groovin Higher Jazz Orchestra.  He was named "Blues man of the year", at the 1998 Tacoma Blues Festival.

“One of the most fascinating things to witness in the world of music is the first meeting of two strong-willed, extremely gifted performers – not in the “sitting-in” mode, but working together for the first time. The protagonists in this case were Steve Stefanowicz, the blind guitarist/singer, and Cliff Colon, the Godzilla of the tenor.” - Harvey Siders, The Tacoma Reporter

 

 

 

          

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