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Freddie Stevenson EP - January 2005
5 Track Acoustic EP initial limited pressing. Full UK distribution with full press, radio, promo and plugging due in May 2005.

LP - Due for completion in May 2005 with a target UK release for September 2005.

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If you find yourself wondering why Freddie Stevenson and his songs of every day life are so captivating, you only have to brush with the delicate melodies and velcro-like hooks of songs like ‘Sunday Morning Girl’ and ‘The Monkey With Two Black Eyes‘ to be absolutely sold. Sold on the fact that Freddie’s music is a lifting, life-changing and anthemic. Sold on the fact that Freddie’s songs have that classical quality missing from so much of today’s music. Sold on the fact that Freddie will tap your emotions in way unseen for some time.

Freddie Stevenson has been writing songs since the tender age of eleven. ‘I started playing guitar aged eleven after hearing some cowboys sing country songs around a campfire in Wyoming,’ says Freddie, ‘I taught myself to play by making things up, little melodies.‘ Freddie returned from Wyoming a changed man and from his home in the chilly whiles of Scotland started picking away.

Some years later Freddie, with a newly found love of Dylan and Jimmy Smith, moved south to train full time at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art in London as an actor. RADA provided Freddie with training in Elizabethan dance and sword fighting. As if that weren’t enough, it also allowed him to hone his song writing skills alongside a unique Mexican compatriot, Alonso. Their partnership produced early favourites ‘Square One’ and the flirtatiously playful ‘Short But Sweet’ whilst several appearances at open mike nights around the West End of London proved a resounding success, yet only hinting at the luscious qualities that were to come.

Fast-forward through two years of intensive song writing, acting and touring, and you can find Freddie beavering away in a Withnail existence in North London. Those years on the stage have not entirely ravaged him yet.

‘Songwriting for me was basically a way to kill time between jobs. And in many ways, that’s still the way it goes,’ explains Freddie, ‘I’ll pick up the guitar in the morning and if I’m lucky I’ll find a place my fingers have never been before and hear a melody I’ve never heard before and think about some things I’ve never thought about before and if I’m really lucky it will all come together and I’ll have a song. I like playing them. A few hours killed, a little progress, a mini triumph.’

By the beginning of this year, Freddie stood looking up towards the heady of heights having way too many songs to fit on one album. Enter John Perry, the prize-winning Bordeaux claret of lead guitarists. As well as being a noted music author, John is known for playing lead with the swinging, disciple-ladened 1970s rockers ‘The Only Ones’ whose hit ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ is still cited by the likes of R.E.M,’s Peter Buck, Blink 182’s Travis Barker and Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch as a significant landmark in their musical development. John agreed to hop aboard to help Freddie develop and arrange the songs into the whispering, emotional odes you hear today. Ever the gracious gentleman, John still insists on being paid for his services purely in dolce di latte ice cream and small Cuban cigars.

September 2004 saw Freddie and John dipping their toes into the live arena, playing to a rapturous crowd at Clerkenwell’s Three Kings in a truly acoustic setting leading to much praise. MTV’s Garret Keogh declaring ‘…great songs and a quietly charming demeanour. One to watch, I think.’

As more songs continue to be discovered and more venues are conquered, Freddie continues to evolve way beyond that of the current crop of songwriters. Early February will see the release of a first limited edition EP, followed by a two-week recording stint in Stockholm, Sweden under the helm of Brady Blade (Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Emmy-Lou Harris and Dave Matthews) to lay down the first full-length album due for release in late summer 2005.

Be sure to keep a very close eye on Freddie Stevenson as songs like ‘God Knows’, ‘Not Real Careful’ and ‘7 Years’ begin to take their place into the British music vernacular in the very near future. Freddie will be available for interview and press appearances.

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Contact: Matt Pleydell-Bouverie
Telephone: (44) 0207 631 4484
Email: matt@freddiestevenson.com