Stephen Wesley

Stephen Wesley

BandPopRock

Pop, rock, soul, jazz, and a little country. All wrapped in an amazing live show.

Biography

During one of the most poignant speeches in cinema history, Tim Robbins turns to Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption and says, "Hope is a good thing; maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." That powerful prison yard scene could very well be an outtake from Las Vegas singer/songwriter Stephen Wesley's life. In 1997, a group of Stephen's friends nearly went on trial for armed robbery, and for reasons known only to himself, Stephen offered himself up as the culprit and took their punishment-a prison term of 8 years. At only 18 years old, Stephen Wesley found himself behind bars, seemingly at rock bottom and with no future or hope for personal deliverance. It was a chance encounter with a prison chaplain that started Stephen down a musical path he says turned his life around. "I was sittin' out in the yard, and I was teaching myself to play guitar and I was singing along," Stephen says, recalling the moment his troubled life changed for the better. "The chaplain heard me and he came up and he said, 'Hey, would you like to be in my choir and go out into town, and I'll take you around with the choir? You have a beautiful voice and I would just love for everybody to hear it." Stephen says his first choir gig outside of prison was one of those pivotal life moments most musicians experience. "Everyone lined up to ask for my autograph... young kids and older people; several hundred of them, all asking for my signature while I was in my prison uniform," he says. "Right then, it dawned on me." Long before Stephen found musical salvation in prison he grew up in a very talented family. "My father was literally the best guitar player I'd ever heard in my life," Stephen says, "and my mother was an amazing singer." Except for being a fan of music on the radio and appreciating his parent's musical talents, Stephen leaned more toward sports than music. He and his brother played nearly every sport they could sign up for. One school activity Stephen didn't sign up for was choir-that was his mother's doing. "I hated it at first, but my mom kept telling me it was what I needed to be doing and that it was in my blood." It also helped as Stephen got older when he realized that choir is where all the girls were. "I kept at it, and found that I loved it. I loved the singing, and people liked hearing me sing." While still a young child, Stephen's parents split up, with Stephen and his three siblings moving with mom. Stephen says his sister served as a second mom while their mother worked to support the family of four. He credits his sister's vast music library with inspiring his wide range of musical styles. "One day she's playing Metallica, and the next she's playing old rap and R&B. Living in the projects in Texas and Indiana and moving around so much... putting on headphones and listening to music was the only way to get comfortable," he says. The family had just settled into what he calls "a great life in California with money and a new stepfather" when his grandmother back in Indiana fell gravely ill with little time to live. The family returned to Indiana, where Stephen found dealing with her approaching death to be "one of the hardest days of my life." Stephen's older sister suggested an outing to the park to get away for a little while. While there, she played "One" by U2, a song that touched Stephen's heart and soul. "Even though that song had nothing to do with my life, the lyrics were like a culmination of my few short years, and I understood everything at that point," he says. "I understood the difference between life and death, and how things work and how you move on from there and how you become a better person." With family tragedy, constant moving from state to state, and bad neighborhoods bearing down on him, Stephen says music became "a getaway to a safe, comforting place." "No matter where we lived at... gunshots, the rundown neighborhood, the gangs, the crime, everything that I was involved in... music was always the way to get into my comfort zone." Stephen couldn't always avoid the gangs and the crime growing up, a fact that eventually led him to the prison sentence he says he took in place of his friends. You would think that the experience made him bitter, or that he would at least have regrets. "No way. That made me the person that I am, and I'm very proud of who I am, because I've come a long way." One of those prison gigs caught the eye of a representative for Christian recording Phil Driscoll. A couple of phone calls later, Phil and his son Jamie were present at the next prison choir show, and even joined Stephen and the band to sing several songs. Prison is where Stephen says he got an education, became a better person, and where he grew from a child into a responsible adult. It is also where he got back on track with his mother's musical prodding and guidance. Stephen's next big musical break followed a year-long stint in the review show Beecher's Madhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel in

Lyrics

Feels Good To Me

Written By: Stephen Wesley

Sometimes you find youself thinkin’, I just wanna be alone. Take a second to clear my head. Take a second to shoot my cellphone. But I won't cause I know she gonna call. Even with nothing to say at all. What time would you be getting in? That's a good question, then.

I don't wanna go home. That ain't the place I wanna be. ‘Cause I'm drinking away all my troubles today and damn it feels good to me. So leave me alone. It's kinda like a sacred time, ya see. Cause I'm drinking away all my troubles today and damn it feels good to me.

A lotta people got a dead end job. I might fall into that category 'cause I know I hate it,
but I'm too broke to leave where I'm at. And even if I wasn't, I would probably stay ‘cause my bills won't go away. So give me some time before I gotta get goin’, ‘cause your already knowin’.

I don't wanna go home. That ain't the place I wanna be. ‘Cause I'm drinking away all my troubles today and damn it feels good to me. So leave me alone. It's kinda like a sacred time, ya see. Cause I'm drinking away all my troubles today and damn it feels good to me.

So if you’re barely getting by, but you’re getting along; You can help me sing my song.

I don't wanna go home. That ain't the place I wanna be. ‘Cause I'm drinking away all my troubles today and damn it feels good to me. So leave me alone. It's kinda like a sacred time, ya see. Cause I'm drinking away all my troubles today and damn it feels good to me.

Cowgirl

Written By: Stephen Wesley

You wanna play a game? Well, here's how it go. Now, you can be a little crazy (as long as you know) that I'm a real man, baby. And I need it rough. And if you do it like this, I can't get enough. You don't need a hat to play this game but you can leave your boots on, it’s all the same. Jeans aren't required and they won't be missed. You can be a bad girl, I promise you this.

If you wanna be a cowgirl, get on top. Give me love, gimme love, baby don't ever stop. You can ride all night in the rodeo and if you make it to the morning, baby, don't you know, you’re a cowgirl.

Grab on, hold tight, you can use your nails. I've got a set of handcuffs and it never fails. It's gonna get a little harder when I'm almost there. Pardon me girl, when I pull your hair.
You wanna talk real dirty while you’re moving with me. You're doing so good I can already see.

You're a cowgirl, get on top. Give me love, gimme love, baby don't ever stop. You can ride all night in the rodeo and if you make it to the morning, baby, don't you know, you’re a cowgirl.

It gets wild at the rodeo but we don't clown ‘cause I'll be tossing you up and I'll be licking you down. In a hurry? Don't worry. Pull’ em to the side. Move like I like it, taking me for a ride. Baby girl's being naughty, it’s a beautiful thing. I'm gonna smack that ass and make you sing.

If you wanna be a cowgirl, get on top. Give me love, gimme love, baby don't ever stop. You can ride all night in the rodeo and if you make it to the morning, baby, don't you know, you’re a cowgirl.

Never Enough

Written By: Stephen Wesley

Now we don't stop when the goin ‘get tough. And we won't just because it’s never enough. Hold on. And you take what you get and we keep on livin’. The world is a garden so keep on diggin’. Come on. Now you can touch with your hands and you can see with your eyes, but if you can't feel the music, than you'll never survive so.......

Everybody gotta keep on singin’. Everybody gotta keep on dreamin’. Everybody gotta shower the love because there's never enough. I said there's never enough.
Now you work so hard just to cover the bills. Its a game, just the same, but reality kills. Hold on. So, your luck keeps changing from day to day. If it’s good when you could try to pass it away. Come on. Now you can touch with your hands and you can see with your eyes, but if you can't feel the music then you’ll never survive so.......

Everybody gotta keep on singin’. Everybody gotta keep on dreamin’. Everybody gotta shower the love because there's never enough. I said there's never enough.

Keep on loving your other. Keep on respecting your mother. Keep on holding your children. Just keep on as long as your feeling.

Everybody gotta keep on singin’. Everybody gotta keep on dreamin’. Everybody gotta shower the love because there's never enough. I said there's never enough. Everybody gotta keep on livin'. Everybody gotta keep on givin'. Everybody gotta shower the love because there's NEVER ENOUGH.

What You're Doing

Written By: Stephen Wesley

Maybe starting over would make it go away. Try to get her sober. Nothing left to say. You don't know what you’re doing to me. Your love is like a cancer and its eating all of me.
Try to find the answer. The truth will set you free. You don't know what you’re doing to me.

You’re driving me crazy. You don't have to steal this life that you’re taking. Here's something to feel.

You were my disaster. Was love that let you lead. Bow unto your master. It’s all you’ll ever need. You don't know what you’re doing to me.

You’re driving me crazy. You don't have to steal this life that you’re taking. Here's something to feel.
You don't know what you’re doing to me. I'm broken down and I cannot see. You don't know what you’re doing to me. I'm broken down but I can't break free.

You’re driving me crazy. You don't have to steal this life that you’re taking. Here's something to feel. You’re driving me crazy. You don't have to steal this heart that you're breaking. Here's something to feel. Something to feel.

Discography

The Road, 2008
1st single, "Feels Good To Me" playing on nationwide radio coast to coast. 4 weeks on the radio and already at #79 on the Hot 100 Charts as of 10/10/08

Set List

What You're Doing
You Call Love
Feels Good To Me
Never Enough
Just Feel Me and You
Coming Over Me
Your Love (The Outfield) cover
Take It Away
I Wanna Rock With U (Micheal Jackson) Cover
This Time
Cowgirl
Standing
RockStar (Nickleback) cover
Dance
Yeah (Usher) cover
Set can last up to an hour and a half.