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Bringing his music to the masses

Nic Stevens has made music his whole life. The son of a music teacher, it's part of who he is. It's the way he communicates his feeling. It's the way he relieves stress.

Up until recently though, Stevens pretty much kept his music to himself. In college he made a couple demos but those efforts didn't go far.

Then life happened. He met his wife, became a youth pastor and started a family, which didn't leave much time to pursue his dream of reaching a broader audience. Through it all, though, he kept writing songs.

Last fall Stevens, 30, decided it was time to take his dream off the back burner. He worked with Twin Cities music producer Zack Parnell, of Tone Flood, to create a five song CD called Willow Run by the Nic Stevens Band. Willow Run is the name of the street he grew up on in Denver, Iowa.

While Stevens wrote and co-produced the CD several area musicians lent their talents to the effort by playing different instruments. Stevens said the process was interesting to go through and making the CD led to some great friendships.

In particular Stevens said he became close with members of the bands The Drive Back and Bensonwells.

Stevens described the songs on the CD as rock. Although the album is not Christian Stevens said his faith comes through in his songs.

"It's not blatantly Christian but seeing as Jesus is a big part of my life it seeps in," Stevens said.

The EP came out in January with a release party at Community of Hope Church, the church where Stevens works.

Stevens has sold more than 200 CDs so far and hopes future promotion efforts will help him sell more. Stevens' goal is to make enough money off the effort to make another CD in a year.

"I just want people to hear my music," Stevens said.

To promote the CD Stevens plans to do live shows throughout the area. Stevens will admit promoting himself is hard. Normally humble, he finds it difficult to talk up himself and his music; however, he knows that it's something he has to do if wants to get his name out there.

"I know I have to get out there and keep playing," said Stevens.

To check out the Nic Stevens Band visit Copies of the CD are available on iTunes.

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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