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Armed with the rhythms of Dance, infused with the vocals of “Ole Soul," and tainted by the edge of Hip-Hop, Trade Stevens attacks each supremely. Born into a family of musicians from Michigan, Trade Stevens spent his youth abroad. Because his father was an Army Specialist, they traveled the world and spent time in various settings. Trades' talents were realized during a class “sing-off” for the role of Santa Claus in the annual Christmas play. Upon winning the sing-off Trade discovered his passion.
Once settled in Michigan, Trade would hone his gifts, focusing on writing, production, and vocal styling. He’d sing in various talent shows, local plays, and weddings. Realizing he wanted more, Trade set his sites on the big time. He’d move from Michigan to NYC in hopes of securing a recording contract. Much to his dismay, this would prove trying. Trade continued to perform in local events while pursuing a recording contract. One of Trades' most notable performances was at the Apollo Theater where Trade performed the Teddy Pendergrass classic “Turn off the Lights”. The audience was moved into a frenzy. Trade would receive a standing ovation.
After years of struggling, Trade would move closer to his goal, of securing a recording contract with a major “Indie” label. Once signed, Trade would start recording what he thought would be his debut album.
While pursuing a career in music, Trade would also graduate from Stoney Brook University with a Master of Science in Human Resources Management.
Citing Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Darryl Coley, and Barbra Streisand as some of his favorite singers/songwriters/entertainers Trade's voice harkens back to an era when singers were true singers, and the songs they sang told great stories. On this showcase there will be tracks from his newest music projects played on air