Stephen Wesley Teams With T-Pain to Offer Fans Some ‘Rock N Roll’ [Listen]
Stephen Wesley is returning after some really difficult times, teaming with T-Pain to offer his fans a dose of "Rock N Roll."
The ultra-modern track features a glossy pop-country production that's progressive by any standard.
"I spent almost two years recording this song in different ways," Wesley tells us. "I think I demoed it four times. The last time, I was so happy because I felt like it was my best work. I immediately texted T-Pain and asked if I could send it to him. I did. I waited about 15 minutes and his reply was, 'This is dope. Let's do it.' I'll never forget it. And the song took on a whole new life when he was done."
The Indiana native moved around between Texas, Las Vegas and California in the early part of his life before settling in Colorado, where he still resides today. His back story is unusual; sentenced to eight years in prison when he was just 18, Wesley took the opportunity to teach himself guitar while he was incarcerated and later secured a recording deal with Ennecho Records in Florida.
Just after he filmed a video for "All Night Long," which featured Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell, Wesley headed out on a radio tour to promote the song. A week later he was rear-ended by an 18 wheeler, nearly ending his career. Wesley struggled back after years of physical therapy and ten different back procedures to record again. He has also shared stages with LoCash, Chase Rice, Uncle Kracker, Justin Moore, Easton Corbin and more.
"I'm not trying to change country music. I love it just the way it is," Wesley says in a press release. "But I want to share the genre with folks that don't normally listen and I have my own way of doing that. It's country. It's R&B. I call it R&C."
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