Following the rules and waiting for something to happen has never been in country music up and coming artist, Stephen Neal. "I knew the path of going to Nashville and writing hundreds of songs and playing in song-writer bars and just hoping that someday someone hears you, would not be a reality for me," recalls Neal. "I knew my opportunity would lie ahead building my own fan base and connecting with new fans in each city that I’d go."
Stephen has done just that. With just over a year since he decided to “go for it” and release his first EP, “I Just Drive” and then a second acoustic EP Stephen has amassed a fan base on his social media alone over 20,000 followers which continues to climb.
Beyond his fresh new music, Stephen's rapidly growing fan base is much attributed to the way he connects with his fans both through social media and at his shows. He tries to meet with as many of his fans before and after his shows as he believes that it makes sense to give back to those who are giving to you.
Stephen has gotten the chance to play along with fellow artists that were once in his shoes - he's had the opportunity to play with Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Granger Smith, Trace Adkins, Michael Ray and looks forward to what's to come.
"It's been pretty surreal to get to learn from these guys here in my first year ; I've watched them from the side of the stage, caught up with them and picked their brains on things that I may or may not have thought of. Many of these artists had also chosen the path of grinding it out on the road for years as well; which gives me a greater appreciation for the craft, but also inspires me as an artist myself."
Stephen's currently working on releasing a new EP to go alongside his first EP released earlier this past year; "I have been working on some new songs which I would say is the most excited I've been about anything I've ever done in the music industry. I have high hopes for what the future holds!"