Actual Intelligence

by The Chris Stevens Quartet (CSQ)

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credits

released August 2, 2017

New Year- written by Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)
Produced by Christopher Michael Stevens/Brett Kinard/Aaron Hardin/Jeff Thomas

Introspection- written by Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)
Produced by Christopher Michael Stevens/Aaron Hardin

Black Light Featuring Roland V. Holmes III, Shaylah J. Stevens, & Brandon Young- written by Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)
Produced by Christopher Michael Stevens/Brandon Young/Mario Crew/Jeff Thomas

Lyrics:
Can you see it shine
Through the night
Burning bright

Beaming from inside
Shadows hide
From the sight

Stirring of wild dreams
Coming true
They just might

If we
Set free
The black light

First Day Of Spring feat. Jonathan Smith & Mario Crew- written by Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)
Produced by Christopher Michael Stevens/Jonathan Smith/Mario Crew/Aaron Hardin

West Camden- written by Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)/Brett Kinard (Bkinardmusicpublishing, BMI)/Marlon Brand Lewis Jr (Phillyboy Productions, ASCAP)
Produced by Christopher Michael Stevens/Brett Kinard/Marlon Brand Lewis Jr/Jeff Thomas

Changing Climates feat. Korey Riker- written by Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)/Aaron C. Hardin (Grooveworks Ent, BMI)
Produced by Christopher Michael Stevens/Aaron Hardin

We Good
(Candid jam captured by Jeff Thomas)

Spies & Giants written by Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)
Produced by Christopher Michael Stevens/Jeff Thomas

As Promised written by Aaron C. Hardin (Grooveworks Ent, BMI)/Marlon Brand Lewis Jr (Phillyboy Productions, ASCAP)/Nicholas A Salcido (EADG Music, BMI)/Brett Kinard (Bkinardmusicpublishing, BMI)/Christopher Michael Stevens (Signs Of Life Music LLC, ASCAP)
Produced by Aaron Hardin/Marlon Brand Lewis Jr/Nick Salcido/Brett Kinard/Christopher Michael Stevens

Executive Producers- Christopher Michael Stevens/Jeff Thomas

Recorded to analog tape by Jeff Thomas @ JT's All Analog Studio in Havertown, PA

Mixed/Mastered by Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA

Front Cover Design- Christopher Michael Stevens

Inside & Back Cover Design- Pamela English of English Bridge Media (Facebook: English Bridge Media)

Back Cover Photography- Alesia Ahiekpor for Leesiphotography (IG: Leesiphotography)

Inside Photography- Lid Peterson for Lid Productions (lidproductions.com)



The Chris Stevens Quartet is:

Christopher Michael Stevens- Cornet/Flugelhorn/EVI/Melodica
Brett Kinard- Wurlitzer/Synthesizers
Nick Salcido- Upright/Electric Bass
Marlon Brand Lewis Jr- Drums

Special Guests:
Aaron Hardin- Piano (All songs except Black Light)
Brandon Young- Piano (Black Light)
Jonathan Smith- Electric Bass (First Day Of Spring)
Mario Crew- Drums (Black Light/First Day Of Spring)
Korey Riker- Flute (Changing Climates)
Roland V. Holmes III- Lead vocals (Black Light)
Shaylah J. Stevens- Vocals (Black Light)

Booking Contact:
bookthecsq@gmail.com

Website:
www.chrisstevensmusic.com

Thank you
To my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, you are the reason I'm alive! Without you none of this would exist. Also, thank you for the gift of music. Without it there are so many things I wouldn't begin to know how to say. To my amazing wife, Shaylah, you give me space to dream and you should know that you are proof of dreams come true. Also, thank you for singing. You are a hidden gem and I'm in awe of how brilliant you are. To my parents, Don & Cheryl, thank you for the constant support. You have been my life long guiding lights, my first teachers, the catalyst for my aspirations and my dearest friends. I hope I'm making you proud. To my big brother Erik, much of what I'm doing now I watched you do for many years. You inspired me and I will forever be grateful to you for that. To my other big brother, Roland, thank you for sharing your gift with me. Your voice is a vehicle that takes me on a journey every time I hear you sing. Please don't ever stop! To Jeff Thomas, thank you for believing in me and partnering with me on this. I really could not have done this without you! Phil Nicolo, thank you for being willing to be a part of this project. Your work is impeccable and you're hilarious to boot! The two of you together make quite a team and as a result the album sounds like a classic. Thank you for your expertise! To my band, you guys are incredible!! Marlon, Brett, Nick, Aaron, John, Mario, Brandon and Korey this album would not be what it is had it not been for each of you!!

I'd like to shout out some of the many people that helped me along this journey so far. I'm grateful for you and I hope I can be equally as instrumental in the success of your dreams:

Vertical Current • Eric Roberson • Tiffany "Sweetlocs" Taylor • Homer Jackson (Philadelphia Jazz Project) • Julia Lopez (Philadelphia Jazz Project) • Micah Smith• Lionel Forrester Jr • Anthony Benson Jr • 魯千千 Chien Chien Lu • Aaron Goode • Jeremy Boyd • Corey Bernhard • Brandon Mullen • Luke O'Reilly • Marcus Myers • Brandon Moulden • Natalie Imani • Matt Keppler • Ian Macaulay • Don Stevens • Berlinda Garnett (Fox 29/Good Day Philadelphia) • Ernest Stuart • Leo Gadson • The Community Education Center • Maximilian Shelton • Madison Shelton • Lid Peterson • Alexis Simmons • Zoe Ashby (South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor/Relish) • Rian Mitch (South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor) • Sam Greenfield (Three Oranges) • Franky Bradley's • Korey Riker • Greg Altman (Bourbon & Branch) • Rachel Greenberg (Silk City) • Bryan Woldar (Silk City) • The Fusebox • J Michael Harrison (WRTI 90.1 FM) • Summer Willow Fitch • Yocontalie Jackson (IDEA Center) • Cynthia Primas (IDEA Center) • Will Allen • Montez Jones • Karen Mobley • Kalia Loper • Brandi Grove • Karen Williams • Crystal Johnson Goree • Jessica Patterson • Derek Tyson • Don Scott • Charece Collins • Cheryl Stevens • Chunky Ezekiel •D Black • Paula Dickerson

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Track Name: Black Light Featuring Roland V. Holmes III, Shaylah J. Stevens, & Brandon Young
Can you see it shine
Through the night
Burning bright

Beaming from inside
Shadows hide
From the sight

Stirring of wild dreams
Coming true
They just might

If we
Set free
The black light

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