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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 1999release, A Sun Came. He is best known for his 2005 album, Illinois, which hit number one in the Billboard Top Heatseekerschart, 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 tothe symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and the Christmas-the ...read more

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 1999release, A Sun Came. He is best known for his 2005 album, Illinois, which hit number one in the Billboard Top Heatseekerschart, 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 tothe symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and the Christmas-themed Songs for Christmas. Stevens makes use of a variety ofinstruments, often playing many of them himself on the same recording, and writes music in various time signatures. Though hehas repeatedly stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music, Stevens also freely draws from the Bible and otherspiritual traditions, often incorporating mystical elements into his music.

Many of his songs have spiritual allusions. He says he does not try to make music for the sake of preaching. "I don't think musicmedia is the real forum for theological discussions," says Stevens. "I think I've said things and sung about things that probablyweren't appropriate for this kind of forum. And I just feel like it's not my work or my place to be making claims and statements,because I often think it's misunderstood." During a 2004 interview with Adrian Pannett for Comes with a Smile magazine, whenasked how important faith was to his music, he responded, "I don't like talking about that stuff in the public forum because, Ithink, certain themes and convictions are meant for personal conversation..

Stevens currently lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, in New York City, where he makes up the Brooklyn staff of Asthmatic KittyRecords. « hide

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LPs
The Age of Adz
2010

4
898 Votes
Illinois
2005

4.3
1,391 Votes
Seven Swans
2004

3.9
494 Votes
Michigan
2003

4
557 Votes
Enjoy Your Rabbit
2001

2.9
136 Votes
A Sun Came
2000

3.2
140 Votes
EPs
All Delighted People
2010

3.9
278 Votes
Compilations
Silver & Gold
11/13/2012

4
48 Votes
The BQE
2009

3.4
81 Votes
Run Rabbit Run
2009

2.9
18 Votes
Songs For Christmas
2006

3.5
124 Votes
The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras
2006

3.6
153 Votes

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