Ken Stead
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Ken Stead

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




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Unfinished (November 2013)

1.  Better Days

2.  Pressin' On

3.  Forevermore

4.  No More Tears Will Fall

5.  Blanket For Two

6.  Believe It To Be So

7.  Better Days (live)



fter five years in Michigan and Minnesota, Alberta singer songwriter Ken Stead has returned to Edmonton,
          a few thousand miles of road behind him, and a few hundred songs to be written on the road ahead.

Ken released his  EP called "Unfinished" in Nov. 2013 which got press such as this "The only
disappointment for me was that there wasn't more tracks on here!"-Elizabeth Wilkie-Fort Saskatchewan Record. 
and "His easy listening style is just a joy to behold, but it's the content and conviction of his lyrics and
emanating vocals that really pull you in"-Tony Stacy-Mix 107.9FM
You can purchase the CD here!

After a busy summer of successful festivals such as Canmore Folk Fest, Come By The Hills Festival, Beaumont Blues Festival,
8 others, and two Western Canadian Tours, singer/songwriter Ken Stead is planning a new album in the Spring of 2015.  "Unfinished" has sold over 1400 physical copies and charted on college/university/community stations across Canada.  Please check out his Tour Page to see if he's playing a city near you!

     Ken has always been a singer and a musician. At nine, he appeared in a Broadway version of “Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” alongside Donny Osmond. The money he earned from his
appearances was used to purchase a much loved piano and he was soon playing tunes by ear. Piano
eventually gave way to guitar and musical theatre evolved into something else initially - and with some
family consternation-rap. Blond-haired kid, musical theatre, big, big voice, and… rap. Paints a picture,
doesn’t it? Ken tells the story of being forced to go to the Edmonton Folk Fest as a punishment from
his mother. He had no idea he was about to take a step into a world he had never quite imagined existed.
And then he heard Eric Bibb perform, opening the door to that moment of magic that raised the hair on
his skin and touched something deep in his soul. Ken’s life changed. He began to write music that takes
us on journeys we do not expect when we first sit down to listen. We are drawn in by his smile, his
quiet charm and gentle way of talking. Today he writes of his experiences, his joy with life and the world
around him, his faith and hope that love and peace will always prevail.

has been compared to the likes of Craig Cardiff, Foy Vance, and Ray
Lamontagne.  This talented folk musician is inspired by family, friends,
and the people he meets on the way. He engages a crowd of listeners
like no other.  Telling stories of internet dating, social anxiety,
square dancing, and of course, cheesy love.  His songs reflect life’s
experiences, his spiritual journey, and lessons he has learned on the
road. He delivers in an uplifting and affirming manner that leaves an
audience energized, connected, and knowing that life is better at the
end of the evening than it was at the beginning. Ken writes with depth
and insight and his strong voice takes his listeners on a journey along
with him, drawing them in, lifting them up, and leaving them wanting to
hear more when the song is over.

In 2008, Ken recorded “Start Over”, a three song EP. He was on CKUA Radio Network, was in demand
at venues around town, and was a busy musician. After moving to Michigan, Ken performed both as an
acoustic artist and with the folk group, “Ken Stead and the Messengers.” “Start Over” received radio play
and Ken was on local television with his group. In 2011 he moved to Minnesota, started a new job, and
continued to perform as an individual acoustic artist. Music has always been Ken’s first passion and he
has returned to Edmonton to focus on writing and performing new material. Ken is also traveling around
Alberta, mentoring other songwriters alongside Rhea March and the School of Song.

Ken's journey is nothing but finished as this songwriter is truly just getting started in a long and
career as a songwriter and performer.  He is playing across Canada and
has started playing at such festivals such as Canmore Folk Festival and
Come By The Hills Festival.  He is also playing at folk clubs and house
concert series across Western Canada.

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