Steven Graves

Steven Graves

 Capitola, California, USA
BandRockFolk

Features California roots rock, seamlessly blending elements of blues, reggae, jazz and pop, together with Steven's uplifting and socially conscious lyrics. Expect delightful grooves and beautiful harmonies with soaring guitars.

Biography

In 2009, after 24 years as a land use consultant first and a musician second, Steven Graves decided to put guitarist, singer and songwriter at the top of his current resume. A year in the making, his debut CD, “Make a New World” has been released.

Teaching himself guitar at age 15, music has always been woven into the fabric of his life. Initially inspired by the rock guitarist of the 60’s and 70’s, his interests expanded into social change through music. Today, Steven’s songs are influenced by pioneers like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Bob Marley who infused their music with social and political meaning. “I was always fascinated and in awe of the power of music to transform our society.”

Steven’s unique sound reflects his roots as a Californian, blending elements of reggae, surf, country, jazz and rock with his sincere calls for humanity to rise up and create a peaceful world. His highly polished grooves, combined with messages of hope and possibility, allow “Make a New World” to connect with a diverse audience.

Steven says, “I wanted to make the album fun with danceable rhythms and inspiring lyrics that hopefully will speak to people at a deep level. I feel compelled to write songs about core beliefs that define who I am. What does it mean to be a human being in these times? How do we find peace on both a personal and global level? Love for oneself, one’s family, one’s community and the world at large. Can we create a world without war? Can we live in the present and take life on even when there is fear? ” Steven delivers these central themes of the release with humility and grace.

Building his career on environment stewardship, Steven and his wife Paddy also built the first LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certified development in the State of California and share a passion for green building. They have studied yoga, eastern philosophies, and try to live a healthy organic lifestyle.

“My goal in this lifetime, is to awaken, to become a fully conscious being, and in that radiate love, joy and light the way for others” he says. Steven currently lives in Capitola, California with his wife Paddy Easton Graves, and his 4 year old daughter Harper.

Lyrics

Make A New World

Written By: Steven Graves

Make A New World (Steven Graves “Make A New World” CD 2010)
I was down, feeling blue
Didn’t know who I was, didn’t have a clue
Everywhere that I would turn
I was losing ground, starting to burn

There comes a time, in all our lives
When we gotta choose, to live or die
Put your heart, on the line
Pick yourself up, and you’ll be fine

Chorus
I want to love you, like heaven up above
Our love will shine, like the ocean in the sun
You and I together, we will live as one
And make a world where everyone is loved

Then came that day, that I opened the door
You were standing there, trouble for sure
Everything in me, wanted to run away
But something in my heart, made me stay

Chorus (repeat)

Since I met you, my life’s been so bright
Even when I’m down, I know its gonna be all right
Your my rock, you keep me on the ground
I am not afraid to fall, when I’ve got you around

Chorus (repeat)

You and I together, for eternity

Already Free

Written By: Steven Graves

Do what I say, say what I mean
Live my life as in a dream
Say what I mean, mean what I say
Live as if there only was today

Sometimes you feel life’s got you down
Get up in the morning, take a look around
You get to choose, who you want to be
When you see this, your already free

CHORUS

Somebody told me, told me one time
Live your life, as if you had died
Go to your soul for the truth that you keep
Then you will find love, the love that you seek

Do what you love, love what you do
You will be happy, know that its true
Stop the things that make you go away
Have courage to love, it’s the only way

What would we say, what would we do
What would it be like, if we only knew
Who would we be, if we could just see
When we have love, we’re already free

CHORUS (repeat)

Look all you people, it’s good we’re not the same
We can live together, no need for blame
War and hate are things of our past
Lets get together, build a world that will last

CHORUS (repeat)

Mr. Sunshine

Written By: Steven Graves

Chorus

Hey Mr. Sunshine, won’t you come out today
Hey Mr. Sunshine, won’t you come out to play

Verse

I’ve been making it through these rainy days
Waiting for the light to shine my way
I’m holding out but I’m starting to slide
I need your love by my side

Chorus

Hey Mr. Sunshine, won’t you come out today
Hey Mr. Sunshine, won’t you come play with me

Verse

I don’t know if it’s rain or it’s shine
Maybe you came and left me behind
I know these clouds, they are in my mind
So I’ll keep singing till they pass on by

Verse

Hey Mr. Sunshine
Won’t you chase these blues away
I’ve been drowning in an ocean of pain

Since my love went away
CHORUS
OUTRO (repeat over and over)

Hey Mr. Sunshine, oh, oh…….

Message

Written By: Steven Graves

This is a song about an old friend of mine
He gave me a message about how we spend our time
You know I couldn’t hear a word he said
It took his passing, to get inside my head

Chorus
Oh, oh oh oh
Oh, oh, oh oh

It isn’t if you live a life that is so long
Someday you won’t be here and it will all be gone
So get up every morning and do the best that you can
Give yourself and the love you have and you will be again

Chorus (repeat)

It’s not what you own, or the places that you’ve seen
It’s who you love, and how you love and the way that you are being
If we only knew how short our lives they really are
We would love one another, from here and afar

Chorus (repeat)

Bridge
There comes a time when you’ve got to choose
Who your gonna be, if we win or lose
Don’t wait too long, it will soon be gone
Now is the time for you to stand strong

All my friends around the world raise up your glass
Take this drink with me as if it was your last
Bring peace to everyone so we may live our lives
Loving each other, shine our light on through the night

Yes We Can

Written By: Steven Graves

The dark days are gone
Washed away with tears of joy
A new day has sprung
Love is here, change has come

Today we cry and release our pain
Knowing that love shines on us again
People united declare it is time
The world smiles upon us, with peace we align

Chorus -
America, restore our faith in thee
To rise again, in possibility
Love our Country, take our stand
And they’ll be peace all across this land

Some say we have lost our way
But I know there is a brighter day
Reach for the stars, with our feet on the ground
Embracing each other, no fear can take us down

Repeat Chorus

We can build a new world, build a new world, oh yes we can
We can shine again, we can shine again, oh yes we can
We can heal our past, we can heal our past, oh yes we can
The time has come, the time has come, oh yes we can

Peace Love and Understanding

Written By: Steven Graves

I can’t believe people treating one another so bad
You can see it on their faces they seem to be so sad
There focused on money and the things it can buy
Where is the love, who have we become you and I

Chorus
Peace, Love and Understanding
Peace, Love and Understanding

Don’t believe what you see on your TV
Don’t let them tell you who it is you must be
All of the violence, self-destruction, and greed
Numbing our senses it’s the soul in us that bleeds, Oh, Oh

Chorus (repeat)

The earth, the sea, the sky above
Everything within us, that it is love Oh Oh

Chorus (repeat)

Lucky Man

Written By: Steven Graves

Every morning when I get up
I get to see the sun come up
And the light in your eyes shines so bright

The joy you bring to me every day
The love you show me in so many ways
I must be the luckiest man alive

*Turnaround*

I love to watch the way that you smile
The way that you laugh, you make me feel like a child
When I see you, I know it’s gonna be a brighter day

When I dream, I dream of you
The things you say, the things that you do
Hold you tight and love you on through the night

*Turnaround*
Chorus (4 measures then turn around)
You are my sunshine baby, when I get up
I go right to you honey and you fill my loving cup
I am the luckiest man alive
I…. am the luckiest man alive
*Turnaround*

The fears I had, I keep no more
Woke up to today to a world without war
Everybody’s helping everyone to survive

With you around I know I can fly
Loving you makes me feel so high
Now I know, everything is going to be just fine

Lost in Love

Written By: Steven Graves

As I wander through these days of my life
Find it hard to find peace and I wonder why
Sometimes I don’t know which way to go
It feels like my heart has turned to stone

Had a dream just the other night it was so clear
This old man said son come on over here
You might think you can find peace on the outside
This life you live is just here for you to ride

Chorus
I want to be, I want to be, I want to be lost in love, (I want to be lost in love, I want to be)
I want be lost in love (lost in love, lost in love)
I want to be lost in love

Don’t be fooled by the world that you think you see
You make it with your mind, you know it can be
I know just who it is you really are
You’ve got love inside you, let it guide you like the stars

Chorus (repeat)

Bridge

We will all live together, there won’t be any room
For those who would hurt one another or turn away from love
Darkness has gone today and love is gonna light our way
From now on

Inside yourself lies a silent place
Where you can be in the peace of your own space
Live your life with this truth in your heart
Create a world without war, no need to be apart

Chorus (repeat)

Kindness

Written By: Steven Graves

Find a little kindness in your heart
For a world of love you must do your part
Can you be kind when you are on the road
On the path of life, will you carry your load

What does it mean for you to be kind
Give it a try and see the strength you will find
Next time you want to strike out in fear
Show kindness instead and watch the clouds disappear

Chorus
Kindness is the roots of a tree
Kindness bears the fruit that we need
Kindness…….
Makes the world better place for you and me

What do you do when you hit the wall
When everything around you wants to make you fall
Be kind to yourself and you will come to see
Have the courage to love and you can just let it be

Chorus (repeat)

What the world needs now is kindness you see
Look within yourself and you will find the key
On the wings of kindness, peace we will bring
With kindness, with kindness, the angels will sing

We’ve got to go down this river of life
You can swim upstream or float into the light
With kindness and love we can guide our path
The world around us, it’s changing so fast

Already Free

Written By: Steven Graves

Already Free (Steven Graves “Make A New World” CD 2010)

Do what I say, say what I mean
Live my life as in a dream
Say what I mean, mean what I say
Live as if there only was today

Sometimes you feel life’s got you down
Get up in the morning, take a look around
You get to choose, who you want to be
When you see this, your already free

CHORUS
Somebody told me, told me one time
Live your life, as if you had died
Go to your soul for the truth that you keep
Then you will find love, the love that you seek

Do what you love, love what you do
You will be happy, know that its true
Stop the things that make you go away
Have courage to love, it’s the only way

What would we say, what would we do
What would it be like, if we only knew
Who would we be, if we could just see
When we have love, we’re already free

CHORUS (repeat)

Look all you people, it’s good we’re not the same
We can live together, no need for blame
War and hate are things of our past
Lets get together, build a world that will last

CHORUS (repeat)

Discography

Making A New World - full length debut CD released in 2010