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James Michael Stevens

Birth: Ft. Worth, Texas
February 7, 1961


Doctorate – Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, August 2004

Graduate - Master of Church Music, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, May 1995

College - Bachelor of General Studies in Music and Humanities, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, August 1985

High School - Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, May 1979


• Music Department Chairman at Welch College in Nashville, TN June 2004 - present

• Film score composer with different networks/shows including "The Young & the Restless" CBS, The Discovery Channel, the documentary "The Cells of Baldwin County," and others.

• Winner of the Sheet Music Plus New Years Selling Contest for the solo piano book, “Prelude to a Wedding,” July 2016

• Winner of the 2015 Steinway Piano Contest

• 2014 Became a permanently featured artist at RealPianoMusic.com

• Presented the Welch College Academic Advisor Award of the Year, 2012-2013

* Piano CD, "Romanza of the Heart," accepted to be included in Pandora Radio's listening list, May 2013.

• Columnist and Senior Music & Culture Advisor for Christian Today, a worldwide newspaper based in London, England, May 2006 - 2010

• Adjunct Professor of Church Music at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY teaching music theory, arranging, composition, and improvisation August 2002 – May 2003

• Published composer of over 1,000 compositions with numerous companies including: Alfred Music, LifeWay, Shawnee Press, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, Brentwood/Benson, Warner Brothers, Fred Bock, Abington, Monarch, Integra, Harold Flammer, GlorySound, Doxology, Piano Guild, Carol Press, Triune, Kirkland House, Belwin Mills, Hinshaw, Goliard, StevenSong, Sunmin Music (S. Korea), Choral 21 (South Korea), James M Stevens Music ASCAP, and others

• Winner of numerous ASCAP Standard Awards for Composition

• Founder of StevenSong Publishing & Jimbo and Friends Music (purchased by Shawnee Press)

• Who's Who In America - Marquis' 60th Anniversary Edition, 2005

• Former President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

• Conducting experience with choirs for adults, youth, and children as well as instrumental groups and hand bells

• Accomplished Pianist in many different styles of music including: classical, jazz, country, gospel, and pop

• National Music Clinician for various groups and publishers including: Shawnee Press, LifeWay, Sunmin Music, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, National Association of Free Will Baptists, Tennessee Baptist Convention, Arkansas Baptist Convention, Kentucky Baptist Convention, and the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

• Locations of Music Clinician sites include: San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Canton, OH, Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Stroudsburg, PA, Lexington, KY , Knoxville, TN, Jackson, TN, Jackson, MS, Ridgecrest, NC, Glorieta, NM, Seoul, South Korea, and others.

• Professional Music Engraving experience using Finale with companies such as Shawnee Press, Goliard, StevenSong, Sunmin Music, and Life Way for choral anthems and piano books

• Professional Music Transcription experience with companies such as Life Way, Brentwood/Benson, Karaoke, Combs Music, and Goliard by ear from recordings and by reducing orchestrations for piano and voices

• Music performed and purchased in many countries including: USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, South Africa, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Egypt, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Maylasia, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and many others

• Over twenty years of experience in church music ministry positions in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Grand Cayman, and Florida

• Eagle Scout