Born and raised in Vancouver, musician Stephen Jeffery spent his high school and early college years on the hardwood basketball court. Cut from the team in both grades 10 & 11, Stephen finally became the starting center in grade 12 for his team at West Van Secondary, received a North Shore playoff all-star award and continued on for a 3 year career at Capilano College. Highlights included playing against future NBA all-star Steve Nash, which wasn't much of a highlight as Stephen puts it because "they beat us so badly."
Inspired by a Robert Plant & Jimmy Page concert in Melbourne Australia, Stephen picked up the guitar for the first time at the age of 21 and began his odyssey into music which has resulted in the birth of "Spirathon." Fusing a combination of catchy pop-rock and organic folk, Stephen describes Spirathon's brand of West Coast Folk Rock as "The Smashing Pumpkins meets The Grateful Dead"!
With the help of producer Kevin Kane, (singer/songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of the Canadian band the "Grapes of Wrath") Spirathon emerged as a fun psychedelic rock album complete with gentle lush folk landscapes, classic rock anthems, pop pageantry, and social protest songs challenging humanity's relationship with the environment.
Recorded in Vancouver with the help of session drummer Matt Brain (The Paperboys), multi-instrumentalist John Wood (lap steel and banjo), & vocalist Lucy Brain (Young & Sexy). Producer Kevin Kane's diverse acoustic & electric guitar, clever bass, and soaring background vocals perfectly complemented Stephen's heavy CSN & Neil Young influence. Engineers Yannis Fyssas (Avril Lavigne, Dido), Ryen Froggatt (Neko Case, Grapes of Wrath), and Craig Waddell (Sarah McLachlan, Moist) added a healthy resume to Spirathon's production credits.
After a successful Canadian summer tour across 5 provinces with a 4 piece band, Stephen wrapped up Spirathon's freshman year with a T.V. appearance on Shaw T.V.'s Urban Rush and a CD Release Party held at the Wise Club.
Since completing his debut album, Stephen has written a group of new songs which he hopes will become the framework for the next Spirathon album.