Americana musician, singer and songwriter
Raised on Elvis and the movies of John Wayne, Stefano knew at an early age that he was born in the wrong country. Hailing from a small town in Italy, Stefano developed a classic American sound even before he’d stepped on American soil. Listening to artists like Presley, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash, and the sweet sounds of the Delta Blues inspired him to cultivate his own cross-genre sound.
“When I was a child, I saw a lot of Elvis and John Wayne movies. I became a fan of TV Shows like “Happy Days,” because I wanted to be The Fonz. While all of my friends were watching Italian TV shows and listening to Italian pop stars like Eros Ramazzotti or Laura Pausini on the radio, I was wearing out my Johnny Cash and Creedence Clearwater Revival vinyls. Imagine myself with me and my friends in school - No girls, no friends, no one! I was strange!”
Stefano would buy up old records or read books about Delta legends or the country music of Nashville, and met his American music idols through them. When he was 15, his father gave him a guitar, and offered to pay for his lessons. Sadly, Stefano’s father passed away a few years later. The loss was unexpected and struck Stefano deeply, still he used the tragedy in a positive way; deciding that writing and playing music was the best way to channel his grief.
It wasn’t long before Stefano was playing around his village, and sharing his unique sound with friends. In 2003, under the nickname “Stevolaz,” he released all original material on an album called “One Way.” In 1996 he founded the Big Boss Band, beginning to sing and play rock and roll in pubs and nightclubs in Northern Italy. In 2008 the band made the self-produced album "12 Miles", containing 12 original songs written by Stefano. He was on the way to crafting a truly individual sound, that was both affecting and charming. In 2011 he partnered with a friend, Budo, to form a band called "The Running Chickens," and recorded a 16 track album together entitled "Communication Lines Restored." Italian press gave the album glowing reviews.
“The world of American 50s rock n roll called to me, and American hamburgers, and the cadillac! I loved the classic style of blue jeans, and I only wore the 501s. This has been a part of my music, the American style that I love.”
Shortly after his latest album was finished, Stefano met with Artist Development and Management specialist Lynn Verlayne, whom helped him write a few songs for his new E.P. In the summer of 2014, Stefano traveled to New York City to embark on a new journey with his music. Recorded at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, “Stefano,” captures Stefano’s charisma and heart in a new and exciting fashion.
His brand new single “Learned to Lose” was written for his father for his upcoming release “Stefano.” The song is a deeply personal and heart-wrenching ballad, echoing Stefano’s fondness for American blues and folk music, and providing a soulful testament to his ability to connect to people everywhere. Stefano hopes to bring his passionate and powerful music to people around the world, giving them a flavor of the past with an Italian charm.
“My dream is to travel and share my music with the world. Just me, and my guitar.”