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Stephan Nance (born 23 July 1987) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist from Eugene, Oregon. A self-described "awkwardly charming vegan straight-edge queer alternative [folk rock] musician", he was born in Eugene and raised outside city limits.
Nance began his career with performances of original songs on Youtube (Song for Losers having amassed over 100,000 views). However, he soon moved beyond the video-sharing site and released two EPs; Tricky to See (2008) and A Piece of the Piece (2011), and a studio album; A Troubled Piece of Fruit (2012). Nance was an OUTMUSIC Award nominee for the ceremony held December 16 of 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nominations included both his song Japanese Garden for Best Alternative Song and his album A Troubled Piece of Fruit for Best CD Cover Artwork. (The artwork for A Troubled Piece of Fruit was created by Nance's close friend, Rebecca DeMoss.) Additionally, he has provided entertainment with his original songs at numerous events including Viva Vegan Con (2011) and the Sacramento Film and Music Festival (2011). In 2010, he was awarded an honorable mention for his "most unique" song Guts by the KarMel scholarship program, and in 2013, his tune "Song for Santa (Jingle Your Own Damn Bells)" was deemed best holiday song by The Akademia Music Awards. In late 2012, Nance held a fundraiser on Indiegogo to raise funds for a 1,500-mile+ Bike Music Tour on which he planned to travel by bicycle from Eugene, Oregon to Tucson, Arizona, performing in schools in conjunction with Gay-Straight Alliances. The goal was to get students to participate in the shows as members of his band and to compensate them for said work, all along raising awareness for Safe Routes to School and Safe Schools Coalition, both causes close to home for Nance.
Stephan Nance's piano based style can be described as quirky yet dark. His music is often compared to that of Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, and They Might Be Giants, but is praised for achieving pure originality time and time again. Nance crafts his songs without the overproduced polish of a modern studio, opting for earthier sounds like piano, unaltered vocals, guitar, and cello. One reviewer suggests that Stephan's music contains "large amounts of genuine wonderings on top of layers of upbeat melancholy and optimism."
As depicted by his wordy genre, Nance is a champion of many causes which hold heavy influence on his music and career. His wintertime single "Song for Santa (Jingle Your Own Damn Bells!)" is a perfect representation of these beliefs, as it reflects on the intersections between the animal rights movement, LGBT acceptance, gender identity, and environmentalism. Nance awakens by 6:00 am each morning. As an avid cyclist, he gears up daily for extensive bike rides which take him through both temperate and inclement weather, but always get him singing. When talking about cycling, Nance inserted that he believes "it’s important now to use these types of transportation for the environment," so it came as no surprise to his fans when he began seeking out ways to reduce his music's carbon footprint. The 2012 release show for his album A Troubled Piece of Fruit was made audible completely by viewers who pedaled stationary bikes that converted the expended energy into electricity thorough Pedal Power Music. He proposes, "You can contribute your music and people may or may not like it, but if you are doing something that is also helping the environment, you know you are accomplishing something in a less subjective way.”
- Tricky to See (2008)
- A Piece of the Piece (2011)
- A Troubled Piece of Fruit (2012)
- Song for Santa (Jingle Your Own Damn Bells!) (2012)
- Stephan Nance's website
- Stephan Nance: About
- Youtube | Stephan Nance
- Indie Band Guru: Awkward Piano Pop For You To Fall In Love With
- Last FM | Stephan Nance
- Queer Music Heritage: Trouble Piece of Fruit
- OUTMUSIC Award Nominees 2012
- Viva La Vegan: My US adventures 2011 - Part Eight: Portland, OR
- Sacramento Press: Hollywood to Dollywood ... to Sacramento!
- KarMel Scholarship
- The Akademia Music Awards
- Indiegogo: Bike-Powered Piano Folk Rock Tour & Webumentary
- Queer Music Heritage: Trouble Piece Of Fruit
- CD Baby | Stephan Nance
- Indie Artist Alert: Stephan Nance
- The Guardian Music Blog
- Bandcamp: Song for Santa
- Big Gay Music Review: Stephan Nance Interview
- Daily Emerald: Pedaling for a purpose
- Stephan Nance | About
- The Register-Guard: The song pedalers