Stephen was born in Washington D.C. and has been involved with music since the age of 12. His interest started when he sat down at an old Fender Rhodes Electric piano. He taught himself music scales and basic chords. He began to learn to play along with music that was being played in his home. Gospel music, Soul and Jazz were his first loves.
His first experience playing live music came as the bass guitar player for the Gospel group The True Voices of Christ, a group that he cofounded. The group played for 3 years, playing all along the east coast.
Stephen then enlisted in the US Army and was assigned to Europe for his first tour. In Europe, he met fellow soldier/musicians Paul Ferguson and Mike Burrell. Together, they founded the R&B/Jazz group FFB (Ferguson, Ferguson and Burrell). The group played all over Europe for 3 years. They played cover songs as well as their own original compositions. One of these original songs titled “I Miss You” was featured on the Armed Forces Radio Network.
After leaving FFB, Stephen studied music. He studied the administrative side and stayed abreast of the new technologies that began to develop. Using these new technologies, he released his first solo CD, “Peace of the Heart”. Stephen dedicated this project to his mother that was taken by cancer in 1996 and he donated the sales of this CD to cancer research. His next releases were “Its Just Me”, “Afterglow”, “We Are One” and “Windows to the Soul”. His 5th project titled “Between Dusk and Dawn” is his first CD under his new production company, SJF Music. “Between Dusk and Dawn” was also the first project in which Stephen wrote and produced music to accompany the works of featured poets and spoken word artists.
Stephen has had the pleasure to work with some very talented artists including Roberta Flack, Howard Hewett, Chuck Brown and the Isley Brothers to name a few.
Stephen founded SJF Music in July of 2007 and is dedicated to producing music for independent artists. SJF Music has a very simple goal: producing music that listeners will be proud to own and to share.