About Sufjan Stevens
An explorer as much as an artist, Sufjan Stevens has created a body of work that includes gentle folk songs, glistening symphonies, reimagined Christmas carols, and fluttering electronics. Despite the diversity, there are universalities in his songs: The delicate heartbreaker “Mysteries of Love,” the martial “Decatur,” and the solemn “Fourth of July” somehow all feel intimate, expansive, graceful, and giddy.
Born in Detroit in 1975 and raised in Michigan, Stevens performed in several bands before releasing his stylistically omnivorous debut, A Sun Came, in 1999. He then moved to New York to get a master’s degree in writing, honing the storytelling that would weave into the layered orchestration of 2003’s acclaimed Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State. That album was the gentle setup in a joke he and his publicists made about creating an album for each of the 50 states; 2005's baroque-pop-esque Illinois was the series' second and final installment. But subsequent albums, notably 2015's Carrie & Lowell, showed a likewise deep connection between places on maps and tender spots in his memory and heart. He's frequently dissected his Christian faith and mortality, while musically he's dabbled in synths and ambitious orchestral sounds. Ever the eclectic artist, he’s also contributed to the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, collaborated with Son Lux and The National, and joined his stepfather, Lowell Brams, on the 2020 instrumental Aporia—where he proves that even when he lays down his pen, his warmth, narrrative skill, and openheartedness remain undiminished.
BORNJuly 1, 1975