My first guitar was a Harmony Jumbo Western that stood almost as tall as I did as a fifth grader. I cut my teeth on the Beatles, so basically love classic rock, but I also absorbed other styles, including folk, jazz, fusion, and even Caribbean. My style is so eclectic that at any given moment someone swears they hear some particular artist in their iTunes playlist. I don’t doubt them. The “Run Old Jonah” track you can listen to is one that I wrote and recorded decades ago and will give you a sense of that early rock influence (© Gerald L. Stevens).
I have owned a number of guitars over the years. My principle brands have been Martin, Alvarez Yahairi, Aria Pro II, Yamaha, and ESP. My standard performance guitars these days are a Yamaha APX-9C Acoustic Electric, a vintage Yamaha SA2000 (no, not for sale—ever), and an ESP Limited Edition EC-1000 Les Paul.
During interims at various churches, Jean and I sing specials and mini-concerts. When not doing interims, I am plugged into the music ministry of First Baptist New Orleans, singing in the Celebration Choir and playing lead guitar in the praise band. You can see a few sample music videos by clicking the “Music Videos” button below.
I have written and recorded my own music, mostly Christian, and I am a member of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. One of my original compositions, “You Can Be,” is posted on the Music Videos page, accessed through the blue “Music Videos” button above right. I have an album of all original compositions on iTunes. The album is titled “Turn to Jesus.” If you click the image below, you will be directed to the album on the iTunes Store where you can audition the individual tracks.
I also have recorded an instrumental tribute to my father, Harold Stevens, Sr. My dad’s musical career was interrupted by WWII when he served as a bomber pilot hunting submarines over the Atlantic. His Glenn Miller Band style evokes a by-gone era that has melted away with the passing of that war generation, but I still love his beautifully lyrical melodies. The tribute is called “Hey There!” for one of the tunes I remember so well as a child my dad playing on the piano and singing. The movie below is a brief introduction to what generated the project idea. The album is published on iTunes. If you click the image of my folks to the right, you will be directed to the album on the iTunes Store where you can audition individual tracks.