Reaction Management | STEPHEN MCCAFFERTY


Stephen’s musical journey began with his gran’s old stereo and his mum’s vinyl and cassette collection. Influenced by artists like David Bowie, The Cranberries, Eurythmics, and The Beatles, Stephen developed a love for music that laid the foundation for his future song-writing. Combining introspective lyrics with anthemic choruses, Stephen draws inspiration from classic 20th-century song-writing, adding depth with existential themes influenced by literature and pop culture.

Stephen’s path was marked by resilience. In his late teens and early twenties, he led a nomadic life across Scotland, sofa-surfing, sleeping in cars, wheelbarrows, and even a digger. His pivotal decision to move to Edinburgh and declare himself homeless led to a transformative year in a shelter, where he wrote songs that would gain national attention and three XFM Breakout tracks of the week with his band, Return To The Sun.

Performing extensively with bands like Beautiful By Design and Return To The Sun, Stephen graced stages at festivals such as The Isle of Wight and received airplay on BBC Introducing. After a reflective break, Stephen returned to his roots with a renewed vision. Now, as a solo artist, Stephen is gearing up to release his debut album, one single at a time!

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