Michael Stegner performs piano-driven songs that shift between high-energy and introspective while combining influences that span from blues, gospel, country, roots, rock and jazz. He has the piano chops to pull off a solo-piano version of his music, but is equally at home enlisting his A-list musician friends to fill out large-sounding versions of his songs.
Michael’s debut songwriting album, Fascination Nation, came came about after taking lessons with with the brilliant songwriter Robin Holcomb (Nonesuch Records). She continually encouraged Michael to add lyrics to the instrumental music he was writing. The resulting record ended up being played on independent radio through the US and on the BBC in the UK where it placed in playlists alongside songs by Randy Newman, Willie Nelson and Justin Townes Earl.
Michael recently relocated to Los Angeles from Seattle where he performed as featured soloist and pianist at venues such as the Triple Door, The Tractor Tavern, Neumos, The Royal Room, Conor Byrne and The Highdive. Upon arriving in LA he performed as a featured soloist at the El Rey Theater as part of the premiere of Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary, “Eight Days a Week”.
Michael Stegner comes from a small town in Kentucky where he was surrounded by rolling, empty hills as a child. He often found companionship and an outlet from his piano and voice. From age four he could be found in a secluded corner of his house playing along with records by Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings and his parents’ collection of choral church music. Aside from writing and performing his own music from that time; he has spent 20 years playing keyboards and/or collaborating with artists such as Michael Shrieve (Santana), Lee Oskar (W.A.R.), Reggie Watts, Skerik, Wayne Horvitz, Jen Wood, Aiko Shimada, Louis Cole and many more.