In October of 2019, STNFXCE released his debut single “What If” that amassed over 10,000 streams on Spotify. This comes from his ability to seamlessly draw upon his ample bass proficiency and years of jazz training to produce unique sounds and stimulating experiences for his listeners. He started his musical journey at Chicago High School For The Arts (ChiArts) walking the halls with other notable alumni such as R&B singer Ravyn Lenae and jazz vibraphonist Joel Ross. Initially a guitarist, he was exposed to the bass during his freshman year of high school and fell in love with it. By his senior year, he performed with renowned jazz
musicians such as Antonio Hart, Gerald Clayton, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Broom, Bobby Watson and Lisa Henry. With these experiences under his belt, STNFXCE continued his music studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Bass performance after studying with world renowned jazz bassist, Larry Gray.
STNFXCE is not only an accomplished instrumentalist; he has also produced his own projects as well as provided production and instrumentation for local Chicago artists.
Debut EP: "STX//stns"
Release date: May 14th, 2020
1. Solow (3:35)
2. Far As I’ve Come (2:17)
3. Cast Aside (2:25)
Cover art- Alec Hudson
Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Lyrics, Composition,
Production & Mixing- STNFXCE
The name STNFXCE (pronounced: “Stone-face”) comes from the Southside Chicago native’s stage persona—one where he kept his emotions to himself and often performed with a cold, stoic facial expression. His debut EP, STX//stns (pronounced “sticks and stones”) details the frustration of being forced to have a cold, and stoic shell as a black man in a society that seeks to shame him out of being vulnerable. This EP is a heart on his sleeve that exposes the challenging topics that we all face daily; from coping with loneliness and isolation to navigating toxic relationships. STNFXCE uses the sensitive aspects of himself as a force to rebel against the legacy of hypermasculinity that attempts to stifle him and his loved ones. While the common phrase “sticks and stones may break your bones” may still be true, the goal of STX//stns is to provide a safe space for listeners to engage with their darkest emotions. Lolo Ramos of Lake Shore Dives affirms that STNFXCE has a stoic outer appearance but after “onelisten to his music, however, and you’re immediately met with sounds and lyrics that are very much the opposite.... He allows the listener to melt into his vulnerability as he sings about universal topics such as love and loss over clean, percussive beats.” STX//stns is a clear example of radical vulnerability as an act of resistance. It has the power to connect with the listener’s heart and usher them into healing conversations.