“Music is my life,” Stevens said.
She has been singing and playing the ukulele since she was 13, with the goal to perform in front of an audience of thousands.
“Being on stage is probably where I am most comfortable,” she said, adding that she craves the connection she feels with her audience when she plays her own songs.
“When I feel something with my songs, I know I’ve done something well.”
She has performed on CBC’s Searchlight competition and plans to do so again this year. Last month, she participated in Life, Death and the Blues, a local theatre production.
However, it is difficult to find venues to play her music in front of an audience, because of her young age, as many of the best places to play in Calgary are bars that don’t allow minors, she said.
She has been using Ascending Koi Tattoo and Apparel and the Music Mile on 9th Ave. S.E. in Calgary to showcase her music along with whatever events she can take part in, including anything her school offers.
Being involved with the Music Mile gives Stevens hope, particularly after Mayor Naheed Nenshi declared 2016 to be Calgary’s “year of music.”
“I can’t imagine myself doing anything but music,” Stevens said.
Stevens plans to produce her own album and is working on releasing an extended play as a taste of what’s to come with her debut album. She is hoping for a spring/summer release of her music and is working with Calgary singer/songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald to produce her songs.
She is currently putting her focus into learning and performing the art of blues music with her ukulele. Stevens affectionately refers to this as “blueskulele.”
While one may think that it isn’t easy being an up and coming singer/songwriter, while attending Grade 11, Stevens makes it look like a piece of cake.
“It’s not really a job if you love it,” she said, adding that her school provides many opportunities for her to play, perform and improve her skills.
“Working as an artist, you need time to get better and grow your rep,” she said.
Stevens receives support at school from both her teachers and her friends.
“Most of my friends are music nerds,” she said.