Jeff Stevens (singer)

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Jeff Stevens
Birth name Jeffery David Stevens[1]
Born (1959-06-15) June 15, 1959 (age 55)[2]
Origin Alum Creek, West Virginia, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Songwriter, producer, singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1975-present
Labels Atlantic
Associated acts Luke Bryan, Atlanta, Jeff Stevens & the Bullets

Jeffery David "Jeff" Stevens (born June 15, 1959 in Alum Creek, West Virginia) is an American country music singer, songwriter and record producer. He recorded two albums on Atlantic America Records with his brother Warren Stevens and Terry Dotson as Jeff Stevens and the Bullets, and later as a solo artist on the Atlantic/Nashville label. Since the early 1990s, Stevens has largely worked as a songwriter and producer for other artists.

Biography[edit]

Jeff Stevens was born June 15, 1959 in Alum Creek, West Virginia.[2] At age nine, he and his brother Warren entered a talent contest and won first place.[3] Eventually, they and cousin Terry Dotson formed a band called Jeff Stevens and the Bullets, with Jeff on lead vocals and guitar, Warren on bass guitar and Dotson on drums. The band recorded Bolt out of the Blue for Atlantic America Records in 1986, which accounted for the singles "Darlington County" (a cover of the Bruce Springsteen song[3]), "You're in Love Alone" and "Geronimo's Cadillac." A fourth chart single, "Johnny Lucky and Suzi 66," did not appear on an album.[2] In the mid-1980s, Jeff Stevens and Dotson co-wrote Atlanta's singles "Atlanta Burned Again Last Night" and "Sweet Country Music."[3]

The Bullets broke up in 1990 and Stevens remained on Atlantic as a solo artist, releasing the solo single "You Done Me Wrong" and working with record producer Keith Stegall for a solo debut album which was never released.[3] From there, Stevens found work as a songwriter, writing a string of hits including the singles "I Fell in the Water" by John Anderson, "Down in Flames" by Blackhawk, the Number One hit "Reckless" for Alabama,[3] and "Big Love" and "I Wanna Feel That Way Again" for Tracy Byrd.[4] George Strait also recorded Stevens' "Carried Away," "Carrying Your Love with Me" and "True,"[4] the first two of which went to Number One as well. Stevens had another Number One in 2004 with Tim McGraw's "Back When."[4]

In 1999, Stevens began work as a record producer, co-producing Jerry Kilgore's debut album Love Trip. Among other acts Stevens produces Luke Bryan, and co-wrote Bryan's singles "All My Friends Say", "Someone Else Calling You Baby" (which went to Number One) and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye".

Jeff Stevens and the Bullets discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album information
1986 Bolt out of the Blue
  • Label: Atlantic America Records No. 82079
  • Released: 1986
  • Format: LP, cassette

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US Country
1987 "Darlington County" 69 Bolt out of the Blue
1988 "You're in Love Alone" 61
"Geronimo's Cadillac" 53
1989 "Johnny Lucky and Suzi 66" 70 single only

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search results for Stevens, Jeffery David". Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 402. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Sandra Brennan. "Jeff Stevens biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  4. ^ a b c "Jeff Stevens (click on "biography")". Jeff Stevens.com. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 

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