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Nic Stevens will release his second CD Nov. 19 with a party at the Loring Theater in Minneapolis. Tickets are available at www.nicstevens.com.

Rosemount musician will release sophomore effort Nov. 19

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A little more than a year ago Nic Stevens released his first CD, Willow Run. He wasn't sure if people would like it, but it was a dream he needed to live out.

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People did like the music, though. And sales of the first CD brought in enough money to make a second. Stevens' sophomore effort, To Keep Love Alive, will be released Nov. 19.

"I feel like the first was well enough received that there's anticipation for this second release," said Stevens.

The warm reception of the first CD has actually encouraged Stevens to make four CDs in four years, but that plan will depend on the success of To Keep Love Alive.

Stevens is the youth pastor at Community of Hope Church. While religious undertones make their way into his music, Stevens said his music is not religious in nature.

Stevens describes his music as an indie rock sound grounded in confessional lyrics and a passionate vision of life as a spiritual journey.

To come up with the songs for the CD Stevens made a goal to write 50 songs over the summer and then pick five. Turns out he only wrote 40 and ended up only using two of those. The other three songs he wrote earlier and revised to fit on To Keep Love Alive.

Stevens said this CD explores the concept of marriage and how difficult it is to make it last.

"It takes a lot of effort to keep love alive," said Stevens.

One of the songs, titled Simply, Stevens wrote for his wife, Ashley.

"I think people will really latch on to that song," said Stevens.

Having done this once before, Stevens said he thinks this time around the music quality is better. To help produce the release Stevens recruited the talents of some friends including Zach Parnell, Tim Stiebner, Bjorn Nilsen, Johnathan Fulton, Beau Edwards and Josh Edwards.

"I feel blessed that so many people have been willing to support me," said Stevens.

After the release Stevens plans to play shows as he lines them up to support the CD. He's hoping people will like it.

Stevens had hoped to release To Keep Love Alive Nov. 19 at the Loring Theater but the theater cancelled the show. So Stevens is working on a back up plan.

Information will be available on Stevens' website, www.nicstevens.com.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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