Stephen John Cuthbert, born 1985, is a dedicated and talented Singer Songwriter from North East England’s pretty seaside resort of Redcar. Recently I had the opportunity to ask Stephen about his passion for music and I wasn’t surprised to learn that music has pretty much been a part of his life since he was little.

As we all know, it takes a great deal of talent to be a songwriter, and Stephen has a creative knack for bringing together descriptive, heart felt lyrics with catchy and appealing sounds. In fact you would think by the album Stephen put together last year, that he had been writing music all of his life. However he pointed out that although he’s always maintained a deep connection to music, he didn’t in fact get down to writing his own songs until 2013….and get down to writing he did! His self titled Album, Here and Standing, offers 11 original songs, featuring the first song he ever wrote called ‘Money Tree‘.

Stephen’s Songwriting Inspiration

When asking Stephen where he gets his inspiration to write, he indicated he ‘usually needs to be in a particular mood, but that most of his lyrics come to him as he’s about to drop off to sleep at night’…which is why he keeps his iPhone handy to quickly jot his new ideas down!

I was curious to know what comes first – the music or the lyrics – and he said that he does not have a set pattern when he writes; sometimes a particular chord sequence will come to mind and he’ll adjust the lyrics to fit. But he also states the reverse happens; he can write a full song, then fit the music around it. Although he’s in the early stages of his career, he’s open to writing songs for other artists, so certainly he knows how to attack a songwriting project from any angle.

Famed musical inspirations include, Elvis Presley, Michael Buble, and Trace Adkins. Stephen points out that he’s not isolated to one genre in particular, and that he’ll write for numerous genres, including country.

Anything is Possible

Stephen remembers seeing famed X Factor success story James Arthur playing local pubs in his area prior to his being discovered and says that’s when “it really hit home how if you stick to your dreams eventually you will get to where you want to be”. Perseverance should never be underestimated.

You can Find Stephen on His Website, On Facebook On Youtube and also on Twitter @SteCuthbert


by Barbara Tremblay Cipak, Country Music Contributor for Squidoo

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Here you can listen to 3 of Stephen’s songs entitled (2 are originals one is a cover) – ‘You Were Mine’ as well as another original called ‘I Can’, a song he wrote inspired by Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream Speech and a Poem by Robbie Williams; and a Cover of Ronan Keating’s ‘When You Say Nothing At All’.

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  • nancycarol Feb 13, 2014 @ 1:04 pm
    Congratulations on Review of the Day Barbara! Well done my friend!
  • ghada2013 Feb 13, 2014 @ 5:21 am
    very great
  • MSchindel Feb 12, 2014 @ 4:33 pm
    Barbara, what a terrific talent (both of you!) and a fabulous interview! I loved being introduced to Stephen Cuthbert's music and learning more about what drives him. Congratulations on a well deserved Review of the Day!
  • Brite-Ideas Feb 12, 2014 @ 6:26 pm
    Margaret thank you very much for the kind comment, you're a gem (since you're the famed Jewelry Maker here I thought I would put it that way)
  • serendipity831 Feb 12, 2014 @ 12:20 pm
    Congrats on RotD! Well deserved.
  • Brite-Ideas Feb 12, 2014 @ 3:25 pm
    thanks kindly
  • serendipity831 Feb 12, 2014 @ 12:20 pm
    Congrats on RotD! Well deserved.
  • bloomingrose Feb 12, 2014 @ 11:40 am
    Thanks for letting me know about this beautiful artist!
  • DaveStone13 Feb 12, 2014 @ 10:08 am
    How artists make art always makes for a good, enlightening story. I hope this propels him into a good group of new fans and admirers.
  • DaisyDixon Feb 12, 2014 @ 9:07 am
    Wow he didn't start writing until 2013? I really liked them "I Can" that was great.
  • tonyleather Feb 12, 2014 @ 9:01 am
    The video shows this guy to be a good singer. Thanks for the heads up!
  • mayrain Feb 12, 2014 @ 8:12 am
    Very informative. Thanks !

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