Ontario-based singer-songwriter Stephen John Van De Kemp has released his very first Album ̶ “No Place to Hide.”
Stephen John Van De Kemp is a country farm boy raised in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. He wrote his first song at the age of 19 and that started him on a lifelong songwriting journey.
Having written hundreds of songs, but never having the support to get his music produced, the time is right for the world to finally get to hear one of Canada’s hidden gems of Country Rock songwriting.
The song “No Place to Hide” is the only co-written song on the album, written with long time friend Mitch Fountain and recorded in Nashville. Initially, the song was featured on a two CD Compilation by Dog Star Music that included famed performers Jose Feliciano and Jim Stafford and the song made it to the second round of the International Songwriting Contest.
Stephen John says “I push the envelope with my songwriting by blending Rock, Country, and Folk for an original recipe that has proven popular with my fans over the years.”
About Stephen John Van De Kemp: A self-learned guitar player, musician, and songwriter Stephen John Van de Kemp draws from emotion and passion to write his songs. His very early influences were Country Rockers like Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley and Canadian Country star Stu Davis. Stephen John plays all the instruments on the album and his wife Anne Marie helped produce it. Stephen John Van De Kemp also performs on occasion with his wife as the Folk Duo “The Carrot Sticks.”
He has performed at some iconic venues in Toronto, Ontario, like Hughes Room, Latvian House, Trinity Church, The Linsmore Tavern and The Old Nick in Toronto.
“No Place to Hide” is an album blended with lots of Rock, Country, and Folk. Highlights include- colorful guitar work by Stephen John and fine backup vocals on all the songs by his wife Anne Marie Van De Kemp. The album features singles “Prison Days”- “Hit the Road” and “I’m Ecstatic.”