Already considered one of the premiere singer-songwriters in the Northwest, Stenson’s authentic sound has also claimed its stake on the national stage. Out of 10,000 artists, Stenson was recently hand-picked by legendary producer Don Was as a Top 10 Finalist in Guitar Center’s “Search for the Next Great American Songwriter” contest. And out of nearly 4,000 bands, he was hand-selected by Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) and Ryan Spaulding (RSLblog) to perform at their Outlaw Roadshow showcases in SxSW and NYC.
Stenson was named Reverb Nations Breaking Artist in 2013 and has been invited to open for LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak, John Popper, Marc Cohn, Matisyahu, Fuel, Guster (and many others). He has placed original songs on multiple national Chevrolet commercials, as well as a handful of others placed in Internationally television shows.
In an age where thoughtful lyric has taken a backseat to hyperproduction, Stenson has learned one thing through nearly two decades of experiences and performances: Lyric is King. Stenson’s music is just that—simple words paired with humble notes that all at once sum up the human experience.