Stev came up as a drummer and lead singer in the Oakland Top 40/R&B scene, singing his unique blend of original blues, R&B, rock, country, and gospel originals. Stev's new CD "The Rising" features nine of his soulful originals. Highlights include the powerful jazz ballad 'The Darkness', the funky 'We Got To Love One Another', and the gritty 'Po' Folk'. Also check out the sweet duet 'In Your Love', with noted SF bay area jazz singer Patricia Bahia. Stev is backed on this CD by some of the best R&B, jazz, and gospel musicians in the SF bay area, including Tony Lufrano, David Belove, Tina Bryant, Gary Brown, Melacio Magdaluyo, Eric Crystal, Zoe Ellis and Caitlin Cornwell. Stev is also a featured vocal soloist for Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, include the solo on the title track of their "We've Come a Mighty Long Way" CD, also available on CD BABY. Vocalists: Stev Schwartz Patricia Bahia Paul Daniels Caitlin Cornwell Zoe Ellis Paul Kim Musicians: Jacob Ackerman David Belove Gary Brown Tina Bryant Eric Crystal Darian Gray Markus Hayes Tony Jimerson Tony Lufrano Melacio Magdaluyo Tony Malfatti Lamar McPherson Claude 'Chubby' Poe Carl Resnikoff Bob Shug Tim 'Curveball' Wright.