Stephen Hedley

Stephen Hedley

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
BandPopAlternative

Soulful music with a timeless and captivating groove. His intuitive sense of melody, and an ability to bring together diverse influences in the context of a pop song make ‘Scenes’ an album that is both immediately gratifying and one that can be returned to time and time again.

Biography

Stephen Hedley is one of those singer-songwriters whose music defies easy comparisons. Brought up in Windsor, Ontario, Hedley grew up only minutes from the Ambassador Bridge, a short jaunt over to Detroit, Michigan. With a clear signal from Detroit’s massive radio market, Stephen enjoyed a diverse diet of Otis Redding, Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Nick Drake, Marvin Gaye, The Stooges, U2, Neil Young, Philip Glass and everything in between.

Son to a British Anthropologist and an American classically trained pianist, with sabbatical years spent in New Zealand and Newfoundland as a child, it’s no wonder that Stephen’s outlook and his songwriting have always been unique and genre-bending.

His debut CD ‘Scenes’ reflects many of these influences, from the soulful falsetto and bluesy groove of ‘Yellow Dog’ to the achingly beautiful ‘Why Can’t You Be Satisfied’, to the sing-along rock choruses and disco undertones of ‘Scenes’. Stephen’s intuitive sense of melody, and his ability to bring together such diverse influences in the context of a pop song makes ‘Scenes’ an album that is both immediately gratifying and one that can be returned to time and time again.

Lyrics

Why Can't You Be Satisfied

Written By: Stephen Hedley

See the old folks, the ones who are weak.
From their lives no kind of relief.
I’m not trying to change your mind.

Well our lives we never could heal.
Don’t look because I’m too drunk to steal you.
I’m not trying to change your mind.

Oh lord you know how I feel,
About the old lives who were never here.
I’m not trying to change your mind.

Well, let your heels up, let me be lonely.
I’m coming on like I knew your story.
And to the wise, now that I’m willing,
I’m coming on like I never, never have.

You believed I’d do more than I have.
You stopped hoping for the life that we planned.
I’m not trying to change your mind.

Every night the sentence unfolds.
You’re tired, you don’t want me to hold you.
I’m not trying to change your mind.

Oh lord you know how I feel,
About the old lives who were never here.
I’m not trying to change your mind.

Well, let your heels up, let me be lonely.
I’m coming on like I knew your story.
And to the wise, now that I’m willing,
I’m coming on like I never…

When you will, will…
Why can’t you be satisfied?

You will, will…
Why can’t you be satisfied? X 3

Why can’t you be satisfied?

Discography

Stephen Hedley - 'Scenes' CD - Sept 2008

Stephen Hedley - 'Stephen Hedley' EP - 2007

Stephen Hedley - 'In Need of New Style' EP - 2004

Set List

Songlist (original) (played solo, duo, w full band):

Scenes from a Life
You Don't Have to Fight
Go About Things my own Way
Why Can't You be Satisfied
Bitten
Yellow Dog
Oh Lord
Flood
Downtown
Going Under
Unlike Another
Lisa
Change Your Mind
The Sun Settles Down Always
Windsor Waltz
I Just Can't Watch the Hours
Modern Figure
Something Else Wrong
LED
Hand in Hand
Sense of Style
Little Black Book
You Wore Your Pants Up Too High
Sound Of A Man
Public Is Private
Up Roses
Hard & Foolish
My Love Can't Be Tossed
Old Canteen
Last Times

Cover list (played solo or duo only):

Waltz #2 (E. Smith)
Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)
Jealous Guy (J. Lennon)
Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
Cold Hands, Warm Heart (B. Benson)
Lover, You Should've Come Over (J. Buckley)

TYPICAL SET LENGTH:

BAND: 45min-1hr
DUO: 3 x 45 min
SOLO: 1 to 3 x 45min