Black Music Month Spotlight

Stephen B. Steward: New Artist On The Rise

Stephen B. Steward is a star on the riseStephen B. Steward makes music that glorifies God in its purest and most reverent form. He has the heart of a worshipper and it comes through loud and clear in his songs.

While some in the industry may just be getting to know Stephen, this independent artist has a passion for music that has been ever-present in his life. As Stephen served in his local church, he continued to hone his craft. He has developed smooth and captivating vocals that have the ability to draw the listener in.

His first single, “With My Whole Heart” has made it to #57 on the Billboard Top Gospel Singles Chart. Mighty impressive for a guy who got his priorities right and placed family first before diving into the deep pool of the gospel music industry. After all, timing is everything.

A prolific writer, Stephen seems to have taken his cue from none other than his friend and mentor, the legendary Andraé Crouch, who co-wrote “With My Whole Heart.” With more than 300 songs in his portfolio, Stephen should be bringing music to the world for quite some time.

Stephen B. Steward and Andrae Crouch in Claifornia with Della ReeseStephen B. Steward with Della Reese and Andrae’ Crouch Photo: Courtesy Stephen B. Steward 

Stephen is already making his presence known through a variety of platforms and has
certainly been gaining momentum as he heads toward his album release. He’s been featured in several magazines, showcased during Stellar Awards Week and made appearances on TV and radio. Recent accolades include earning several awards at the Prayze Factor People’s Choice Awards. He was awarded the Grand Champion Award, Best Praise and Worship Artist and Best Contemporary Christian Artist.

Not bad for someone who, after a career in law enforcement started the second act of his life. Stephen B. Steward has taken the stage, the spotlight is on and it will most likely be a long time before he exits stage left.

Perhaps Stephen said it best about his “new artist” status in an interview with me earlier this year:

“I believe I’m the Caleb coming to take the mountain at 52, instead of 85. I believe this is a season that God really wants me to pour out. I think that’s why He’s given me an abundance of songs.”

The debut project, “Enter Your Gates” will be released early next year. Although you have to wait a little while longer for the album, check out the single “With My Whole Heart” from Stephen B. Steward.

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Sarah Hearn
the authorSarah Hearn
Sarah Hearn is Editor-in-Chief of, founded in 2011. The site was recently named among Feedspot's Top Gospel and Christian Music Websites.  Sarah is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Gospel Music Association.
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