Piano | Guitar | Bass Guitar | Singer-songwriter | Performer | Music Producer | Creative Director
Introduced to the piano at the age of five, Stephen completed all grades by age thirteen, gaining credits in every exam.
He then decided to take up guitar and bass guitar and at age eighteen he rediscovered piano via jazz, and specifically due to hearing the piano virtuosity of Keith Jarrett and Oscar Peterson, began developing his skills at the keyboard via jazz and pop music.
Stephen's teaching career began at age 17, during his first year at the University Of New England. In a bid to earn extra-curricular funds, while on a Federal Govt. scholarship he took employment with a local music shop in Armidale, NSW as guitar teacher to some 30 students.
Stephen's creative nature led him to write songs from an early age. However, he soon learnt an important lesson when dealing with the music industry: Industry attention is always focussed on songwriters who have a platform for their material. He formed the touring band, RadioActive, which, on the strength of his songs, was signed to record company EMI. The band toured Australia constantly, gaining rave reviews as a live act, as well as chart success both in Europe and here in Australia, where they appeared on television shows such as Countdown and Hey, Hey It’s Saturday, among others, while maintaining a gruelling national touring schedule. Stephen was the sole songwriter in the band, providing a repertoire of songs, which allowed the band to perform for two hours or completely original songs.
Taking a break from the constant touring schedule, Stephen began working solo around the nightclubs of Sydney, while he turned his hand to film music, co-writing the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed 'Stallion Of The Sea' as well as having songs placed within films such as the cult noir film, 'Early Frost', at the same time performing in an advertising jingle band.
For many years, Stephen has been entertaining audiences in Sydney, with brief working trips to New York and Berlin. If there is a bar, club or room in Sydney with a grand piano in residence, chances are Stephen has been booked to play on it.
www.ScoopFX.com The ScoopFX Music School situated in Sydney's North West, comprises Stephen and his wife Roxanne Kiely. Both are accomplished singers, musicians, performers and song-writers; who bring a wealth of knowledge to their lessons in vocal development, piano, guitar, bass guitar, music theory, song-writing, studio production, camera technique and staging.