Originally from the Australian Outback mining town of Broken Hill, Stephen Rowe left school at a young age to complete a trade as a carpenter/builder. He also raced motocross for Suzuki and was fully sponsored by a local dealership. To keep in shape for motocross, Stephen did four years of boxing and to improve his balance on the bike it was suggested he should take up ballet. Always one to improve, Stephen took the advice and started attending classes. He became so good, that at the age of 19 he left for the ‘big smoke’ of Adelaide where he was offered a full scholarship for 2 years studying classical ballet. He went on to have a successful career performing with a number of international ballet companies including Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Houston Ballet Companies.
Growing up in the country, Stephen was raised on a musical diet of storytellers such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Slim Dusty and Kris Kristofferson. As a young bloke, he also loved David Bowie and AC/DC. It was in Houston - when his homesickness started to kick in - that he started writing his own songs. After he retired from ballet, he turned to music, fronting an acclaimed punk outfit which was hugely successful on the LA music scene - a band that famed music producer, Rick Ruben, was desperate to work with. As fate had it, the group split and Stephen found himself writing more and more personal songs about who he is and where he’s from. Comfortable with these new songs, following the alt country route seemed like a natural progression for the singer/songwriter. His break came when Australian country star, Tania Kernaghan, asked him to lay down some vocals on her song, “Yee Ha!” and since then ... there’s been no looking back!
His debut album, Broken Hill, was released in February 2007 and is a personal journey which engages the listener from start to finish. It not only reflects his traditional influences but also tells stories of his life, his hometown, his family and his country. Co-produced by acclaimed roots artist, Anne McCue, the album spawned four hit singles – Broken Hill, Two Clocks, Don’t Kick My Dog and You’re The Angel. In mid 2007, Stephen released the song, Let’s Fall In Love Again, and invited Tania Kernaghan to record it as a duet. She loved the song so much that she agreed immediately. The song was the 8th Most Added Song to Radio the week following its release. It entered the Australian Country Airplay Chart at #3, peaked at #2 and remained in the Top 10 for over six months!
October 2009 saw the release of his sophomore album, Restless Soul. Co-produced by Daniel Kresco (LeAnn Rimes/Reba McEntire/Barenaked Ladies), the album features a duet with rising talent, Jeanne Jolly and an appearance by the legendary Willie Chambers of the Chambers Brothers (“People Get Ready” & “Time Has Come Today” fame) and again showcases Stephen’s unique take on his life in Australia and overseas.
A fan of the visual element, Stephen has become a leader within the Australian Country Music scene delivering first class music videos to accompany his songs. The first single from Restless Soul – Country Kids In The City – features an appearance by Australian actor, Travis Fimmel. Previous videos have included cameo appearances by actor Stewart Finlay McLennan (“National Treasure”), tAtu guitarist Troy MacCubbin and roots artist, Anne McCue.
Stephen Rowe is also an accomplished actor having appeared in many television commercials in the US and a has a recurring role on the cult webseries, Life on The ENG.
All carpenters would agree – it’s not how quick it’s built – it’s about the quality, dedication and love that goes along with it ... Stephen Rowe is quietly carving out a career which will stand the test of time.