Born in Santa Monica, California on June 14th, 1991, Stephen Benjamin Wolf’s first memory is of the rolling hills of Ireland. His mother, Mary Wolf was a young actress in New York City who married the business savvy Timothy Wolf. After Stevie was born, the family moved around quite a bit for Tim’s career – California, Paris, Ireland, Chicago – before finally settling in Boulder, Colorado,... more
Born in Santa Monica, California on June 14th, 1991, Stephen Benjamin Wolf’s first memory is of the rolling hills of Ireland. His mother, Mary Wolf was a young actress in New York City who married the business savvy Timothy Wolf. After Stevie was born, the family moved around quite a bit for Tim’s career – California, Paris, Ireland, Chicago – before finally settling in Boulder, Colorado, where he grew up exploring the foothills with his older brother DC. Stevie’s childhood was spent surrounded by action figures, nose deep in comic books, watching the sun set over the Rockies, and singing harmonies along to the joyful hymns of his mom’s Bluegrass band.
When he was 12, Stevie picked up his first guitar, and began his conquest of the instrument. Thrilled by the limitless possibilities, motivated by virtuosos like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, he explored the instrument until he could make his strings sing far better than he could. He played in a few bands throughout high school before deciding to pursue his own expression as a solo artist.
Stevie had always had verbal and auditory tics; he would hear a melody – or make one up – and compulsively repeat it so much that a regular practice for his parents to wear earplugs. At the age of 14 he was formally diagnosed with OCD, ADD, Anxiety and Tourette’s syndrome. Coming to terms with these problems during his adolescent years pushed him to delve deeper into the art of songwriting. The Beatles filled his head, and Bruce Springsteen moved his heart. Jeff Buckley stirred his soul, and John Mayer became his man-crush. He was enchanted by the ability of these writers to convey such vulnerability and emotion through song. Although his mental disorders will always be a struggle in his life, what began as a source of shame evolved into a bright light, illuminating the ability to love himself and others for everything they’re made of. This sense of honesty and acceptance shines through in each of Stevie’s songs.
After high school he attended Tufts University with a double major in Economics and Music, but continued to dream of being an artist. In his junior year he studied abroad at Oxford University, UK, where he spent all his time writing and gigging instead of studying. Immediately after graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to focus on music full-time. He spends his days writing and collaborating with other artists, dreaming of owning an English bulldog, and working to become a front-runner in the next era of singer-songwriters.
His debut single Fire In Your Lungs was released on July 1st, 2014, to be followed closely by the EP The Mountain. Stevie hopes his songs will empower those who have not found pride in who they are, where they come from, or what they look like, and show that we are all born legends. We need only to Howl Don’t Hide. “All I can do is be me, and love openly and completely, without caution or reserve. Your best weapon, and tool, and friend in life, is your weirdness. Your darkness. Your crazy. They’re the things that make you powerful, precisely because they’re the things that you’re uncertain and insecure about. If you expose them to everyone, you can become a huge, beautiful, imperfect creature that is gorgeous in some places, and dangerous and rocky in others, but completely exposed. A mountain.”less