Born: Feb. 7, 1961

Lived in Vestavia Hills, AL

Gospel Songwriter, Composer Wrote, "Without Love..We Have Nothing".

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

James Michael Stevens


Birth: Ft. Worth, Texas
February 7, 1961

Education: Doctorate – Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, August 2004

Graduate - Master of Church Music, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, May 1995

College - Bachelor of General Studies in Music and Humanities, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, August 1985

High School - Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills, Alabama, May 1979

Music Experience:

• Music Department Chairman at Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN June 2004 - present

• Columnist and Senior Music & Culture Advisor for Christian Today, a worldwide newspaper based in London, England, May 2006 - 2010

• Adjunct Professor of Church Music at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY teaching music theory, arranging, composition, and improvisation August 2002 – May 2003

• Published Composer of over 200 compositions with numerous national companies including: Alfred, Life Way, Shawnee Press, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, Brentwood, Benson, Warner Brothers, Fred Bock, Abington, Monarch, Integra, Harold Flammer, Glory Sound, Doxology, Piano Guild, Carol Press, Triune, Kirkland House, Belwin Mills, Hinshaw, Sunmin Music and Goliard

• Winner of numerous ASCAP Standard Awards for Composition 

• Founder of StevenSong Publishing & Jimbo and Friends Music (purchased by Shawnee Press

• Who's Who In America - Marquis' 60th Anniversary Edition, 2005

• Former President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

• Conducting experience with choirs for adults, youth, and children as well as instrumental groups and hand bells

• Accomplished Pianist in many different styles of music including: classical, jazz, country, gospel, and pop

• National Music Clinician for various groups and publishers including: Shawnee Press, LifeWay, Sunmin Music, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, National Association of Free Will Baptists, Tennessee Baptist Convention, Arkansas Baptist Convention, Kentucky Baptist Convention, and the Mississippi Baptist Convention. 

• Locations of Music Clinician sites include: San Diego, CA, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Canton, OH, Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Stroudsburg, PA, Lexington, KY , Knoxville, TN, Jackson, TN, Jackson, MS, Ridgecrest, NC, Glorieta, NM, and Seoul, South Korea.

• Professional Music Engraving experience using Finale with companies such as Shawnee Press, Goliard, StevenSong, Sunmin Music, and Life Way for choral anthems and piano books

• Professional Music Transcription experience with companies such as Life Way, Brentwood/Benson, Karaoke, Combs Music, and Goliard by ear from recordings and by reducing orchestrations for piano and voices

• Music performed and/or recorded in many foreign countries including: Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Viet Nam, Sweden, China, England, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Grand Cayman, St. Martin, Denmark, Spain, Mexico, and others

• Over twenty years of experience in church music ministry positions in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Grand Cayman, and Florida 

Sources: James Michael Stevens and Phill Easley

Sheet Music: Jimbo Stevens sheet music and music books - Sheet Music Plus

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