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Carl Stevens Biography:

Carl was born on August 26, 1955, in Dinwiddie, Virginia.  He is the youngest of nine siblings.  His childhood brought him early experiences with music.  The first instrument he played in junior high school was the drums.  He later progressed to play Sousaphone, Tuba, and Trombone throughout junior/senior high school years.  He was selected as “first chair” regional and state Sousaphone player while attending high school.  Carl played Trombone and Congos with local bands in night clubs and on college campuses during his young adult years (early to middle 70’s).  One of Carl’s band members would allow him to play his Saxophone from time to time, and the first time Carl played the Saxophone, he knew it was the instrument he enjoyed playing the most.  Carl’s Girl-friend (now Wife) bought him his first Saxophone in 1985.  As Carl traveled around the country with his former employer, he learned to play the Saxophone by engaging in events associated with his employment and communities during his spare time.
 
Carl totally submitted his life to God during the year 2000 and joined a local Christian Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he joined the Music Ministry.  There he learned about some things concerning ministry and God .  As he played/plays Saxophone for the Lord, something tremendous happened/happens – The Lord bestows his anointing upon his playing and the spirit of the Lord is within his music. 
VISION STATEMENT:

Carl’s vision is to create and produce Christian Jazz Music conducive to the Spirit of the Lord, destroying yokes, and creating an environment of joy, peace, love, and anti-heaviness.  He prays that his music will help fill his listeners with the spirit of the Lord while they speak to themselves in Psalms and Hyms and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in their hearts to the Lord (Ephesians 5: 18-19).  Carl believes that the musical gift given to him by the Lord and he giving the music back to the Lord in praise and worship is all in preparation for the big Heavenly Party that will take place upon reuniting with God (Rev. 2:17; 5:9, 15:3; 22:3-4; 2nd Tim 2:12; Matt. 17:3) .   
 
Carl is very much inspired by Dr. Ben Tankard’s music.  He prays and hope that he will get a chance to play with Dr. Tankard and believes that the event will generate  a powerful spiritual atmosphere and minstrel rush when it happens.  He has also been inspired by Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Grover Washington JR., David Sandborn, and Kenny "G."