Stephen Bishop - MERRY BISHMAS! plus James Lee Stanley

Sat Dec 15 2018

9:00 PM

Mozambique

1740 S. Coast Highway Laguna Beach, CA 91651

Ages 21+

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Stephen performs classic Christmas songs from his album “Merry Bishmas.” And his iconic hits, “On and On, It Might Be You, Save It For A Rainy Day, Separate Lives, and more!  San Diego native Stephen Bishop is a world-class guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with a celebrated career of over four decades.

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    Stephen Bishop is a world-class guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with a celebrated career of over four decades of live performance, song craftsmanship, recording, and entertainment.  A San Diego native, Stephen Bishop’s introduction to the music industry was after seeing the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” at 13 years old. Shortly after seeing their performance, his brother Denny bought him an electric guitar. He began creating his own unique chords, melodies and writing original songs. The first song he ever wrote was called, “Surf’s Turf,” an instrumental. Less than a year after picking up the guitar, Stephen formed a band called, “The Weeds.” Soon after, they began performing at local venues, playing a mixture of original songs and popular hits on the radio at the time. As a band, the Weeds placed second at the Claremont Battle of the Bands in 1966. 

     

    After the Weeds disbanded, Stephen ventured to Los Angeles in the hopes of landing a songwriting contract. Stephen walked the streets of LA in the early 1970’s with nothing more than a $12 guitar. He began playing songs for different publishers in the area and landed a deal with Edwin H. Morris Publishing in Hollywood. Stephen was paid $50 per week. During his first few years at the publishing company, only one of his songs was recorded. At one point, Stephen considered leaving Los Angeles to work for his father's insurance company in San Diego. However, his friend Leah Kunkel connected him with Art Garfunkel. Art recorded two of Stephen's songs on his album, “Breakaway.”

     

    Shortly thereafter, Stephen was signed to ABC Records. He released his first album, “Careless,” which had two popular hits, “On and On,” and “Save It For a Rainy Day.” It became gold certified, as well as his second album, “Bish.” Stephen Bishop has released 17 albums and has played his songs personally for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross,  Bette Midler, Melissa Manchester,  and Katy Perry. His newest album, "Blueprint" was released in 2016. In Eric Clapton's autobiography, he mentions Stephen Bishop as one of his favorite songwriters.

     

    Accomplishments

     

    Stephen Bishop’s hit song, “It Might Be You,” was the theme to the film “Tootsie.” Stephen has written the themes to several films, including “Animal House,” "The Money Pit," and “White Nights.” His songs have been performed by Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops, Aswad, Beyonce, and Pavarotti. Stephen was nominated for two Grammy'sand awarded an Oscar nomination for his song, “Separate Lives.”

     

    Fun Fact

     

    Stephen appeared as the “Charming Guitar Player,” in Animal House. In the toga party scene, John Belushi slams Stephen's guitar to smithereens. 

  • James Lee Stanley

    James Lee Stanley

    Singer-Songwriter

    “So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singersongwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else. Let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland... and here is where the wasteland ends.” – Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

    It is only a long lived singer-songwriter career that lets JAMES LEE STANLEY unite the unpredictable creativity and the eclectic elements that make up his world. His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted backing that sonically enhance the impulse behind the lyric, coupled with his outragously hilarious repartee. He is one of the few all time greats and undisputed geniuses among singer-songwriters. Fi Magazine listed his FREELANCE HUMAN BEING as “one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time.” – FI Magazine March 1999.

    JAMES LEE STANLEY, the true renaissance man, was born into a musical family in Philadelphia, PA, and already performing and recording for LeGrand Records by the time he was fourteen. He majored in music at California State University, did a stint in the Air Force as a chinese linguist, performing three hundred dates a year with such diverse acts as BONNIE RAITT, ROBIN WILLIAMS, CHICK COREA & RETURN TO FOREVER and BILL COSBY by the time he landed his second recording contract.

Stephen Bishop - MERRY BISHMAS! plus James Lee Stanley

Sat Dec 15 2018 9:00 PM

Mozambique Laguna Beach CA
Stephen Bishop - MERRY BISHMAS! plus James Lee Stanley
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Ages 21+

Stephen performs classic Christmas songs from his album “Merry Bishmas.” And his iconic hits, “On and On, It Might Be You, Save It For A Rainy Day, Separate Lives, and more!  San Diego native Stephen Bishop is a world-class guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with a celebrated career of over four decades.