The singer and songwriter Sufjan Stevens was born on 01.07.1975 in Detroit (Michigan, USA) into the world. He grew up there until the age of nine, then his parents moved to Petoskey in the same state. The first name is of Persian origin and has Islamic origins. Translated it means "Comes with a sword".
He later attended the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Hoep College in Holland (Michigan, USA) and The New School in New York City, where Sufjan gained with a Master of Fine Arts. Besides singing Stevens also plays various instruments like piano, bass, drums, saxophone, accordion or banjo. He usually plays these instruments on his recordings a completely even.
His debut album took the musicians already from 1998th It was published on 13.06.2000 under the title "A Sun Came". Sufjan Stevens received for mediocre reviews. Just over a year later released their sophomore "Enjoy Your Rabbit", which had a duration of 79:10 minutes. This was assessed by allmusic.com with four out of a possible five stars and thus came away better than its predecessor.
On 01.07.2003 appeared then as part of a planned series possibly the concept album entitled "Michigan", although is on the cover of "Greetings From Michigan The great Lake State", which drew another positive reviews. Two years later, Sufjan Stevens published with "Illinois" on the cover artwork one read "Come On Feel The Illinoise", the second part of the States series also as a concept album. In Metacritic.com it scored the fantastic value 90/100 points and was named the best album of the year. THe musicians reached with his work and position 121 the first time the US Billboard 200. In the Top Heatseekers edition of the charts he brought it even to the top. It was subsequently "Illinois" believed by many magazines at the best and most important albums of the decade.
In autumn 2009, he conceded against the magazine The Guardian that the Fifty States Project was just a promotional gimmick. However, uncertainty prevails about whether not this statement was just a joke of the musician. In summer 2010, Sufjan Stevensvöllig published unexpectedly the EP "All Delighted People", which at position 27 on the US Billboard 200 landed and his best finish to date represented and although the reviews turned out extremely mixed. Shortly afterwards appeared with "The Age Of Adz" the next album of the much talented artist. At Metacritic, it achieved an overall score of 80% and reached position 30 of the UK album charts. In Germany the work successfully entered the charts in sixth place of the Top 20 newcomer charts.
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