The Stories

The Stories

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

an amazing voice... Cincinnati CityBeat


Once upon a time there was a girl who loved to sing. She spent her days writing songs and her nights performing them. Along the way she met a man, and they began to make music together. Lavish praise was heaped upon them by their fair town. It was said her voice was one of the best one could hope to hear, near or far. Her lyrics were called sharp, her melodies fantastic, her charm abundant. They played and played, they won awards, they were on top of the world.

Soon they married and began living happily ever after... they had a son. The girl tried to write, but all she could find inside herself were songs for her baby. So she wrote them, and sang them, but felt something was missing. A black cloud of sadness hovered over her, even as she loved life as much as anyone ever could. Something was missing. Finally one day, years later, she wrote ten songs in one day. She cried and cried as the inspiration poured out of her and everything came rushing back in a blur. And that was the day that The Stories were born.

The Stories are Whitney and Mark Szabo, Bjorn Knudsen, and Brian McKinney. The four have decades of stage and songwriting experience between them. Individually, they've been nominated for and won multiple Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, opened for Travis Meeks, Queensrhyche, Ted Nugent, and more, and worked with local luminaries such as Freekbass and Bootsy Collins. Whitney has been called "one of the biggest, best voices that you'll hear almost anywhere", and hailed as "clever and inherently musical". They are currently writing, releasing new music, and playing shows.


Pilot light

Written By: Whitney Szabo

Now we begin starting over
Doing what we did, way back when
When we were so young we didn't know it
We let it all out, and put it all in

We were unafraid, always questioning
Full of truth, without a doubt

This fire inside
It's a pilot light
It never went out, it never went out

You came back to me when I'd given up
I thought you were gone and that's just how it would be
What I see now, it's like a memory
And I can't believe it's happening to me

But here we are... this is not a dream
We are more than remembering


Here we are... this is not a dream
We are more than remembering



Written By: Whitney Szabo

Don't you leave
I can't sleep
I can't breathe
I know you see

All these words
Took us out
Filled us up
With fear and doubt

But I don't wanna wanna wake up with this on my mind
I just wanna wanna wake up with you by my side
I'm tired of this night, and I'm tired of this fight
I just wanna wanna wake up with you

So let's go
Let's let go
We'll be fine
We both know

So why wait
For the sun
Come on love
Let's be done


Come Back Baby

Written By: Whitney Szabo

Down... I've been down and out since you left me by myself
Gone... You've been gone so long, and it's made me someone else
I'm pretty sure you think of me sometimes
I can see the memories in your eyes

Come back baby, come back baby to me
Come back baby, let's see what we can see
Come back baby, come back baby to me
Come back baby and I will set you free

You... make me feel so good, so happy, so alive
I'd do most anything if you'd let me call you mine
Don't you wanna walk that road again?
Don't you wanna be the things we've been?