Friday July 15, 2022, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Lake View Patio @ The Lodge Of Four Seasons, 315 Four Seasons Dr., Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Nashville recording artist Drew Stevens is no stranger to hard work, persistence and determination. As an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician, and businessman, Stevens lived by the philosophy of never giving up. “If you get knocked down, you get up and keep going!”
Born and raised 50 miles from St. Louis in the small town of Troy, Missouri, Stevens knew early on that music was in his blood and began laying the groundwork for his own style of music. After high school, he decided to chart his own path rather than follow one, and left home to serve four years as a Navy medic with the Marine Corps. Once his duty was done, the years that followed were spent performing in clubs, dance halls, running a business, paying dues and realizing his potential as a songwriter. Drew Stevens’ music has been described as a nice blend of edgy R&B, Rock and Country. From one extreme to the other, a combination of powerful vocals and well-crafted melodies will have audiences dancing, while its smooth, soulful lyrics can set you up for romance or a tear in your eye.
“I’m inspired by many different types of music.” “It clearly shows in a lot of my songs.” “I don’t really like being limited to one form of music.” “I have to be a bit versatile or I’m bored.”
Seeking that major label recording deal, like thousands of others, Stevens spent time in Nashville and became involved in various developmental recording deals with labels and independent producers. It received radio airplay and her song “Good Girl” made it to the independent charts. Cashbox Magazine, The Nashville Tracker, and many newspapers wrote about him. The Golden Music Awards nominated him for New Male Vocalist of the Year. However, all of the factors needed to close a major deal, such as money, timing, availability, proper representation, and luck, always seem to fall short for one reason or another. “At the time, I don’t think Nashville was quite ready for me.” Stevens says, with a smile.
While appearing on the St. Louis TV show “Montage,” Stevens performed his original version “Better Days.” The song was also featured on the morning TV show “The Daily Buzz”. Stevens appeared on other regional television shows and was also aired on regional radio. His music has been introduced to major label artists such as Billy Currington, Diamond Rio, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Billy Dean and American Idol finalist Josh Gracin. “I feel lucky that my songs have been heard by these artists.” “There are still no guarantees, but at least I have my foot in the door.” “That’s all a guy can ask for.”
Stevens recently moved and now resides in the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. He continues to welcome the challenge and demands of the music industry. After years of determination, writing and performing, with or without a major, Drew Stevens continues to move in the right direction. The Missouri native continues to find fans who will walk the same path with him.
Enjoy Chef Gary’s innovative seasonal menus at HK’s while listening to live music! Dinner is served from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Suggested reservations: online at OpenTable or by phone at 573-365-8509