Sufjan Stevens

Born 1 July 1975.
Sufjan Stevens


Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and musician born in Detroit, Michigan. Stevens first began releasing his music on Asthmatic Kitty, a label co-founded with his stepfather, beginning with the 1999 release, A Sun Came. He is best known for his 2005 album, Illinois, which hit number one in the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the song "Chicago".

Stevens has released albums of varying styles, from the electronica of Enjoy Your Rabbit and the lo-fi folk of Seven Swans to the symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and Christmas-themed Songs for Christmas. Stevens makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of them himself on the same recording, and writes music in various time signatures. Though he has repeatedly stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music, Stevens also freely draws from the Bible and other spiritual traditions,[which?] often incorporating mystical elements into his music.

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  1. Review of The Age of Adz

    The Age of Adz 2010

    Reviewed by Sam Lewis
    Fragmentation and obliqueness are ever-present on Stevens’ latest LP.
  2. Review of The BQE

    The BQE 2009

    Reviewed by Will Dean
    Unlike other pop artists who've branched out into classical, this feels very natural.
  3. Review of Songs For Christmas

    Songs For Christmas 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Sufjan Stevens makes Christmas even better.
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