Singing, and SHREDDING, Meet Stephen
I remember the first time I saw Stephen, and then I heard him sing. I was STAR STRUCK. If you have ever heard him sing, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I went years listening to this guy sing, seeing him out and about randomly, and just betting he was amazing in real life!
Then, I met this awesome human being in “real life” and he WAS AMAZING. Not only is he SO talented, and always looking like he just came off the runway, but he is A GEM OF A PERSON. He is so kind, and giving, and always reaching out to help others and really just build up those around him. I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of person I like to be around. I find that kind of person infectious. I like being around a kind person because it inspires me to be the same. And when you are around Stephen, you are motivated to be the kind of person you wish the world was full of. I’m still finding out new things about him every time we hang that just leave me amazed at how cool he really is! As i also mentioned, he is UBER STYLISH. He started a new clothing line, and I was thrilled when he made Greg and I a few of his custom pieces. I can’t wait to show you all our pieces on an upcoming blog post! But for today, THIS IS ALL ABOUT STEPHEN. I can’t wait for you to get to know him more, so let’s do it! MEET MY PAL, STEPHEN SALYERS!
Tell us about yourself!
I’ve always felt like I was Born a giant. I’ve been lucky enough to be a multi-talent entertainer , which has allowed me become a household name in the music industry since moving to Music City from Huntington, WV, where I lived while attending Marshall University. I’ve been able to reach audiences with a career category that spans across music, television/film, retail entrepreneur and philanthropist. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2005, and started building a brand on talent and relationships that has allowed me to join forces with the likes of musicians such as Gavin DeGraw, Florida-Georgia Line, Little Richard, Donna Summer and government leaders, including former Prime Minister of Japan, Taro Aso. I’ve felt so so lucky.
I’ve been writing with pop writers in Nashville and Los Angeles, creating some amazing material that has me really excited. In Nashville, I play out regularly on the last Monday of every month at the Stephen Salyers’ Monday Night Social at Tin Roof (Demonbreun.) Established in 2009, built on music and relationships, creating both an introduction to songwriters new to Nashville, as well as a platform, bridging together emerging songwriters with the industry – while celebrating the ongoing legacy of Music City – contributing momentum and valuable inspiration to it’s storybook. Everyone from Florida-Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Thompson Square and Lauren Alaina have played the free event!
On Saturday nights, you can catch me throwin’ down on songs like “Bang Bang,” (Jessie J,) Prince’s “Purple Rain” and even a little Katy Perry “Firework” as one of the contributing vocalist for Jer Gregg’s Saturday Night Circus Show at Crazytown on Broadway (11pm-2am) AND/OR on an occasional Sunday serving at Cross Point’s Nashville campus!
I’ve always been a philanthropic performer, which has allowed me to build a diverse spectrum of influential allies from the music industry, business world, popular media and healthcare affiliations. I partnered with Clorox Bleach to raise close to $10,000 two weeks following the historic Nashville flood in May 2010. I’m a major advocate for Musicians On Call, providing live music for bedside patients at Vanderbilt Hospital and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Last year we helped influence creative engagement as a tool for relief and healing, impacting long term quality of life through partnerships with The William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Foundation (providing children with enrichment activities during the summer through songwriting and performance) ; CreatiVets,which pairs songwriters with Veterans to help combat PTSD through songwriting, and a special joint project between Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Gilda’s Club Nashville. Writing songs and lyrics with cancer survivors, their families and medical professionals about their cancer experience, demonstrating how the effect of music has on the healing and quality of life of those effective by cancer from diagnosis up to death. Last year, I also partnered with winner of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” Kaitlyn Bristowe as well as Bristowe’s fiancee, Shawn Booth and runner-up, Nick Viall to help throw a party to raise awareness and close to $30,000 for the Movember Foundation. I can’t believe it, but I’ve been lucky enough to raise close to 1,000,000 throughout it all!
Lastly, I just launched a fashion endeavor called SHREDS, signature threads + styling, I’ve introduced the concept at multiple pop-up shops throughout Nashville and used Instagram to engage and interact with those who have interest in what they wear. Or don’t mind taking a risk when it comes to selecting stylish threads that best represents them and serves as a tool of personal empowerment. I “shred” jeans, t-shirts, jackets, both new and second hand. As well as does concierge gifting requests (i.e. prospect wanting a ‘staple’ hat along the lines of Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ hat but on a baller’s budget,) as well as does one on one consultation for male or female artist/young professional types wanting an “style experience” for something very specific. Until the SHREDS online store comes to fruition, you can check out SHREDS HERE on Instagram.
What’s your fave song right now? I can’t just pick one! BUT, top 3 inspiring for me in THIS moment are: “Bird Set Free” (Sia) – “Unsteady” (x Ambassadors) – “Noel” (Chris Tomlin ft. Lauren Daigle) (which I’m performing in my acoustic Christmas show this Friday night 12/23 at The Listening Room Cafe!
What’s your favorite style to wear? I try to keep it “Rolling Stone” ready all the time, LOL. My friend Brewster penned that on me a few years ago.
What’s your guilty pleasure snack-go-to? Whole wheat tortilla with Peter Pan peanut butter (with honey,) blackberry jam and some sliced banana pieces!
What’s your MUST-HAVE beauty item you can’t live with out? Either pure baking soda (less than .80 cents,) to keep my teeth white and healthy – it tastes kinda gross, but it’s worked! OR – Jergen’s Ultra Healing moisturizer. Pretty basic – but both have longevity and I would like to think keep you youthful, LOL.
Who’s the most influential person in your life and why? I’m really protective of who I let in to the circle of influence, because no one knows you like YOU, ya know? My friend Kathy is a powerful peer in my life that I love connecting with, sharing the unlimited possibilities of life! My friend Bob is someone I don’t talk to often, but, he shared with me a “list” of things he wanted to accomplish (had three columns – one for 6 months, and a year column and then 3-5 year column,) and it changed the way I cast vision for my dreams. I’m inspired by both and listen to a lot of podcasts – intentionally trying to live asking these three questions: Who am I now? Who am I becoming? And is what I’m doing right now, and who I have in my life right now, helping me get there?
What’s the 1 thing you want to accomplish that you haven’t yet? I’ve got some CRAZY outlandish tasks I would like to execute. BUT, I’d love to be guest speaker for creative/leadership conference or even for a college/university to pour real life/ real time wisdom into the next generation around full time dream-life pursuit.
What’s your favorite thing in your closet? My Goorin Brothers over-the-top black floppy hat. Looked like something Kravitz or Steven Tyler would own when I saw it, so I had to have it.
What’s your fave inspirational quote?
“I believe that the very purpose of life is to seek happiness.” Dalai Lama