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Sufjan Stevens

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Petoskey MI, United States (1999 – present)

Sufjan Stevens (pronounced “SOOF-yahn”; born July 1, 1975) is an American musician, , and from Petoskey, Michigan. He is known for his lyrically focused and instrumentally rich songs that often relate to faith and family. He has enjoyed wide critical success in the United States. He is considered part of the revival through , but his influences are very broad, including , the of Vince Guaraldi, and the academic minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Though Stevens had announced plans to make an album for each of the 50 U.S. states, beginning the series with the albums ‘Michigan’ (2003) and Come On Feel The Illinoise!’ (2005, officially named just ‘Illinois’), he has since then somewhat retracted the statement. “Sufjan Stevens is not going to write a record for each of the 50 states after all” was the original text included on the online liner notes for ‘Mews Too: An Asthmatic Kitty Compilation’ , a disc released on February 7, 2006. This statement was possibly included as a joke, as the text has since been removed and the current liner notes related to Sufjan Stevens reads: “Sufjan Stevens can fold a fitted-sheet (he once worked as a professional folder in a commercial Laundromat).”

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Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the city of Petoskey in that same state. He attended Hope College on the west coast of Michigan.

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