Willow Stephens

FRESH: ‘Labyrinth’ – Willow Stephens

Willow Stephens releases “Labyrinth”.

by Christopher Smith

“Labyrinth” is the fifth and final single from Willow Stephen’s upcoming album “All That Glitters”. It’s shadowy, sexy and sultry with a twinge of 80’s pop influence. A song about the mysteries of falling in love. It’s hard to pin it down. “It’s slow like honey and it’s dark like smoke. And it’s fast like money and it shines like gold. And it’s hot like summer but my blood runs cold when I feel you running through my bones” says Willow.

Willow Stephens is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. The Montana native spent the first several years of her career performing as a solo act in and around the coffeehouses of the Pacific Northwest. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Stephens has strong roots in jazz, folk, R&B and classical music. Her effortless voice and carefully crafted lyrics weave together her eclectic mix of genres.

She released her first single “Bird’s Eye View” in April 2017. The song is a dreamy trip down doo-wop lane. The track is filled with easy grooves and throwback vibes with vocal stylings reminiscent of Norah Jones. Her second single, “Sure As The Moon” featured Andy Mineo and is a foray into a more electronic/hip-hop sound. She released her first self-titled EP in May 2017.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!