Born into a musical family, Stevens began studying piano at age 7, and switched to the guitar at age 11. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2004, Stevens began to show up everywhere, as an essential contributor to new work by strong artists including Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Harvey Mason, ERIMAJ, Sean Jones, Walter Smith III, Linda Oh, NEXT Collective and, notably, Esperanza Spalding, in whose Emily’s D+Evolution project Stevens was key. Stevens then played on, composed for, and was an additional producer on Spalding’s innovative project, Exposure.
In 2016 DownBeat Magazine included Stevens in their 25 For the Future issue and have placed him in their Annual Critics Poll Rising Star Guitar Category for the past two years.
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