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Review: Breaking molds of conventional musicians — Karen Stever inspires Special

By Micki Hogan     Sep 23, 2014 in Entertainment
Take a moment to step into the enchanting world of Stever, an independent musician who walks to her own beat while inspiring her growing fan base. Her groundbreaking style is unconventional and unique in her own right.
Karen Stever is an independent artist that has become a mainstay on the Internet. Her creativity has inspired others to feel free to express their feeling and individuality. Her newest album, Idiot Savant, is expected for release on Halloween in 2014.
It has nearly been seven years since I came across my first Stever blog. There she was with her top hat and contact lens giving her a haunting yet intriguing vibe. I cannot tell you what the blog was about but her charisma and energy intrigued me enough to become an avid follower. I cannot tell you the first time I heard Playground Isolator but what I can tell you is once I heard that song I instantly became a life long fan. Stever creates music in a genre all her own, Her unique style is breaking the boundaries of mainstream conformity and her originality shines forth with each artistic note. The persona of Stever is nearly one in the same as Karen Stever’s home life. She states the only difference from the character she creates in her music and videos is the clothing she wears.
Her first album has been considered a true inspiration for many of her ever growing fan base. The first album had a darker feel to it. Still just as artistic, Playground Isolator has been considered groundbreaking. Stever has been acknowledged for her unique style of music. Little know how much of a growing experience the first album was for Stever herself. When asked what was her inspiration for the album Stever revealed a personal journey
Playground Isolator was all about my depression and broke my own ground in that it was a way to heal. I wrote it because I was angry, frustrated, annoyed and hurting. I never saw any possibility of returning the playground. I was done. Then the song, ‘Funeral Mute’ on that record opened up the possibility of having fun with music again. ‘Idiot Savant’ is my return the playground. I quit caring what anyone thought and that was where my soul became free to fall in love with the art of writing again. I developed relationships with my characters on the record and reunited with my inner child. In the process, I also rekindled my love for history as I began to research the time line between the 30s and now
Many musicians are known for creating pages among numerous sites online but few independent artists have the following Stever has earned through her perseverance and approach to the music business. Being an independent author is one aspect of Stever's musical career that she holds true to her heart. In a world where being conventional and part of mainstream record labels is the norm, Stever stands apart. By remaining an independent artist, Stever has broke through the boundaries of labels, contracts, and conditions to follow a calling she says she has had from early childhood
Her musical journey began right from the beginning. She has been known to say the music is in the blood. Stever’s love for music began during her childhood. She spent her younger years living the iconic farm lifestyle. As a child growing up in Ontario, Canada, music was instilled at a very early age.When asked what her first instrument was Stever replied with the kazoo. She described music as a part of her being, an appendage, a part of her that has always been.
You can see the creativity of Stever and her dedicated team in her new video “Green” — from creating her own green screen as well as every item including a very unique piano that was hand crafted with a carousel horse right through the center. It was inspired by Beethoven’s Broadwood. Each element of the video was crafted through the vision of Stever and her team.. Even her signature style is featured with the garments she crafted to wear during the video. The puppet and central character of the video was hand made — no easy feat indeed. With the help of her confidants, Mark Miller, whom helped with the making of the props and Frank Gryner, whom helped with the filming and recording of the music; slowly each vision became a reality. Stever had this message to her team.
The two of them are invaluable to me. I should mostly thank them for “getting me” because that is a tough thing.
Each step of the process was shared with her ever-growing fan base. The journey of writing the music to the creation of the video was shared with the Internet following. In time the journey became a staple of the online community. Often Stever will leave an inspirational message that reaches all corners of the Earth. When asked about becoming an international Internet icon Stever had this to say to her fans:
Thank you! However, I will never call them fans. They are my friends. There is no way someone could listen to what I am doing, enjoy it and NOT be my friend. In order to like anything I share, they would have to connect on a very deep level and that qualifies as friendship. My message to all my friends out there is to make your inner child your best friend. There is nothing more crucial for our soul than the element of play and getting our spirits back to the playground. If something is calling you; LISTEN TO IT!
The newest album Idiot Savant is set for release on October 31, 2014. Stever plans to film a music video for each song in the album. As we wait for its release we can only wonder what magical inspiration is waiting to spring forth. Stever is only beginning to tell the tale of the Idiot Savant album.
Every song on ‘Idiot Savant’ will have an accompanying video with it. Each song represents just one scene from a chapter in a much larger book. I want ‘Idiot Savant’ to be a book, stage show and movie, so I will be spending a long time with it.
To check out Stever's YouTube channel click here.
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