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Steven​ ​C,​ ​whose​ ​original​ ​recordings​ ​have​ ​sold​ ​more​ ​than​ ​2 million​ ​copies​ ​and​ ​have​ ​been​ ​streamed​ ​online​ ​millions​ ​of​ ​times,​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​moving​ ​and​ ​intimate experience​ ​with​ ​his​ ​newest​ ​album,​ ​​Emotive.​ ​Recorded​ ​live​ ​in​ ​the​ ​center​ ​of​ ​the magnificent​ ​Cathedral​ ​of​ ​Saint​ ​Paul​ ​in​ ​Minnesota​ ​together​ ​with​ ​ethereal​ ​background​ ​voices​ ​and lush​ ​strings,​ ​the​ ​album​ ​features​ ​12​ ​original​ ​songs​ ​performed​ ​on​ ​Steven’s​ ​treasured​ ​9-foot Bösendorfer​ ​piano.

Press release by ​Amy​ ​Danielson

Emotive ​​was​ ​recorded​ ​in​ ​the​ ​round​ ​in​ ​September​ ​under​ ​the​ ​gorgeous​ ​stained-glass​ ​dome​ ​of​ ​the Cathedral,​ ​with​ ​Steven​ ​at​ ​his​ ​piano​ ​at​ ​the​ ​center,​ ​encircled​ ​by​ ​17​ ​string​ ​players​ ​and​ ​singers.​ ​”I love​ ​the​ ​image​ ​of​ ​a​ ​circle.​ ​It’s​ ​like​ ​the​ ​dome.​ ​It’s​ ​infinite,”​ ​he​ ​says.​ ​The​ ​century-old​ ​Cathedral, designed​ ​by​ ​French​ ​Beaux-Arts​ ​architect​ ​Emmanuel​ ​Masqueray,​ ​also​ ​inspired​ ​a​ ​song​ ​on​ ​the album​ ​titled​ ​”Masqueray’s​ ​Melody.”​ ​That​ ​piece​ ​features​ ​the​ ​Cathedral’s​ ​renowned​ ​pipe​ ​organ, played​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Cathedral’s​ ​director​ ​of​ ​sacred​ ​music,​ ​Lawrence​ ​Lawyer.

Through​ ​​Emotive, ​​​composed​ ​during​ ​a​ ​reflective​ ​time​ ​in​ ​his​ ​own​ ​life,​ ​Steven​ ​hopes​ ​to​ ​help listeners​ ​draw​ ​out​ ​emotions​ ​in​ ​a​ ​fulfilling​ ​and​ ​healing​ ​way.​ ​The​ ​universal​ ​themes​ ​he​ ​addresses in​ ​his​ ​music​ ​have​ ​attracted​ ​listeners​ ​from​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.​ ​His​ ​wish​ ​is​ ​for​ ​​Emotive ​​​to​ ​resonate with​ ​his​ ​growing​ ​global​ ​audience.

Steven’s​ ​piano​ ​artistry​ ​is​ ​complemented​ ​by​ ​violins,​ ​cello,​ ​and​ ​wordless​ ​vocals,​ ​all​ ​of​ ​which​ ​were arranged,​ ​orchestrated,​ ​and​ ​conducted​ ​by​ ​local​ ​composer​ ​Sean​ ​Turner.​ ​String​ ​players​ ​and vocalists​ ​on​ ​the​ ​album​ ​include​ ​highly​ ​regarded​ ​local​ ​musicians,​ ​including​ ​some​ ​who​ ​perform with​ ​the​ ​Minnesota​ ​Orchestra​ ​and​ ​Saint​ ​Paul​ ​Chamber​ ​Orchestra.

“I​ ​find​ ​that​ ​strings​ ​and​ ​voices​ ​are​ ​the​ ​most​ ​emotive​ ​instruments,​ ​because​ ​they​ ​can​ ​bend,”​ ​says Steven.​ ​”We​ ​have​ ​to​ ​imply​ ​things​ ​on​ ​the​ ​piano.”

Steven,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​lived​ ​near​ ​the​ ​Cathedral​ ​for​ ​years​ ​and​ ​often​ ​slips​ ​inside​ ​for​ ​a​ ​few​ ​moments​ ​of refuge​ ​and​ ​contemplation,​ ​calls​ ​the​ ​space​ ​”an​ ​emotional​ ​amplifier.”​ ​He​ ​is​ ​attuned​ ​not​ ​only​ ​to​ ​its physical​ ​beauty​ ​but​ ​to​ ​the​ ​energy​ ​of​ ​profound​ ​moments​ ​that​ ​take​ ​place​ ​in​ ​the​ ​church,​ ​from funerals​ ​shrouded​ ​in​ ​grief​ ​to​ ​weddings​ ​bursting​ ​with​ ​joy.​ ​”When​ ​I​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Cathedral,​ ​often people​ ​are​ ​sitting​ ​there​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pews—they​ ​need​ ​something,”​ ​he​ ​says.​ ​”They​ ​go​ ​to​ ​that​ ​space​ ​for help.​ ​It’s​ ​emotive.”

Emotive ​​is ​available​ ​for​ ​purchase​ ​on​ ​CDbaby.com.

Also, learn​ ​more​ ​about this great artist at​ ​​stevencmusic.com​

Background​ ​musicians​ ​on​ ​the​ ​album
Vocalists: ​​ ​​Judi​ ​Vinar,​ ​Rachel​ ​Holder-Henning,​ ​Mallory​ ​Roberts,​ ​Emily​ ​Villano,​ ​Kerri Vickers,​ ​Krissane​ ​Weiss,​ ​David​ ​Weller,​ ​and​ ​Paul​ ​Wilson

Strings: ​​ ​Cara​ ​Wilson,​ ​Liz​ ​Decker,​ ​Nathan​ ​Wilson,​ ​Elizabeth​ ​York,​ ​Erika​ ​Hoogeveen, Stephanie​ ​Crabb,​ ​Emily​ ​Hagen,​ ​Charles​ ​Asch,​ ​and​ ​Ben​ ​Osterhause

About​ ​Steven​ ​C.​ ​Anderson
Saint​ ​Paul-based​ ​pianist​ ​and​ ​composer​ ​Steven​ ​C.​ ​Anderson​ ​lives​ ​a​ ​life​ ​overflowing​ ​with​ ​music. Listeners​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world​ ​have​ ​discovered​ ​him​ ​through​ ​literally​ ​millions​ ​of​ ​online​ ​streams​ ​of​ ​his solo​ ​piano​ ​pieces—compositions​ ​that​ ​are​ ​inventive,​ ​soothing,​ ​and​ ​performed​ ​with​ ​an​ ​exquisite touch.

The​ ​classically​ ​trained​ ​pianist,​ ​who​ ​goes​ ​professionally​ ​by​ ​the​ ​name​ ​Steven​ ​C,​ ​has​ ​a​ ​keen​ ​ear and​ ​a​ ​natural​ ​sensibility​ ​for​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​range​ ​of​ ​musical​ ​styles.​ ​Highlights​ ​of​ ​his​ ​extensive​ ​career include​ ​recording​ ​with​ ​the​ ​London​ ​Symphony​ ​Strings​ ​at​ ​the​ ​famed​ ​Abbey​ ​Road​ ​Studios​ ​in London;​ ​performing​ ​with​ ​Mannheim​ ​Steamroller​ ​on​ ​the​ ​TODAY​ ​show;​ ​and​ ​a​ ​personally meaningful​ ​release​ ​concert​ ​for​ ​his​ ​2015​ ​album​ ​​Christmas ​ ​Beyond ​,​ ​which​ ​drew​ ​a​ ​full 3,000-person​ ​house​ ​to​ ​the​ ​majestic​ ​Cathedral​ ​of​ ​Saint​ ​Paul​ ​in​ ​Minnesota​ ​on​ ​a​ ​sparkling December​ ​night.

Steven​ ​has​ ​sold​ ​more​ ​than​ ​2​ ​million​ ​copies​ ​of​ ​his​ ​own​ ​recordings,​ ​including​ ​​Chasing ​ ​Grace (American​ ​Gramaphone)​ ​and​ ​​HeartStrings, ​ ​​the​ ​album​ ​he​ ​recorded​ ​in​ ​London.​ ​​HeartStrings features​ ​all​ ​original​ ​compositions​ ​and​ ​was​ ​a​ ​collaborative​ ​effort​ ​with​ ​Grammy​ ​Award-winning arranger​ ​and​ ​conductor​ ​Arnie​ ​Roth,​ ​whose​ ​credits​ ​include​ ​working​ ​with​ ​artists​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Andrea Bocelli​ ​and​ ​Charlotte​ ​Church.​ ​Other​ ​original​ ​albums​ ​include​ ​​C-Notes, ​ ​Past ​ ​to ​ ​Presence, Signature, ​​ ​and​ ​​Spiritual ​ ​Piano ​.​ ​Among​ ​his​ ​most​ ​popular​ ​singles​ ​are​ ​“Signature,”​ ​“Deep​ ​Within,” “’Til​ ​Death​ ​Do​ ​Us​ ​Part,”​ ​and​ ​“Daybreak,”​ ​which​ ​has​ ​been​ ​streamed​ ​more​ ​than​ ​14​ ​million​ ​times from​ ​online​ ​sites​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Pandora.​ ​His​ ​2016​ ​video​ ​for​ ​”Daybreak,”​ ​filmed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​steps​ ​of​ ​the Cathedral​ ​of​ ​Saint​ ​Paul,​ ​has​ ​received​ ​well​ ​over​ ​half​ ​a​ ​million​ ​views​ ​and​ ​his​ ​2017​ ​video​ ​for​ ​“’Til Death​ ​Do​ ​Us​ ​Part”​ ​has​ ​received​ ​300,000​ ​views.​ ​