Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents
Stephen Bishop 8.30
*please note: the event will be seated; seats available on a first come first served basis.
Stephen Bishop is an Oscar and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. His hits include,
“On and On,” “Save It For a Rainy Day” “Separate Lives,” and “It Might Be You.” His
songs have been recorded by Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Art Garfunkel, and more.
Stephen Bishop is still touring all these years later and his performance is a real treat.
The guitar-wielding veteran is just as talented with his instrument as when he began his
career back in 1966. The humble performer has had an interesting career and is happy
to share tales with his audiences so if you’re interested in not just this musician, but
musical history, it’s a show definitely worth seeing.
The singer/songwriter now seems far more content to perform his folk stylings for the
love of music and entertaining, his falsetto voice is still sounding great and the minimal
support really shows off his talents as an artist.
He’s been steadily releasing albums throughout his career so you’re sure to hear a mix
of old and new material, including “On and On, Save it For A Rainy Day, and his two
Oscar-nominated songs, Separate Lives and It Might Be You.” Bishop has just
completed a string of dates, yet keep an eye on his page as he is definitely an artist
worth catching as he shows no sign of slowing pace.
Stephen Bishop is a world-class guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with a celebrated
career of over four decades of live performance, song craftsmanship, recording, and
entertainment. A San Diego native, Stephen Bishop’s introduction to the music industry
was after seeing the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” at 13 years old. His
brother Denny bought him an electric guitar which inspired him to take his poetry and
convert it into songs. He began creating his own unique chords, melodies and writing
original songs. The first song he ever wrote was called, “Surf’s Turf,” an instrumental.
Less than a year after picking up the guitar, Stephen formed a band called, “The
Weeds.” Soon after, they began performing at local venues, playing a mixture of original
songs and popular hits on the radio at the time. As a band, the Weeds placed second at
the Claremont Battle of the Bands in 1966.
After the Weeds disbanded, Stephen ventured to Los Angeles in the hopes of landing a
songwriting contract. Stephen walked the streets of LA in the early 1970’s with nothing
more than a $12 guitar. He began playing songs for different publishers in the area and
landed a deal with Edwin H. Morris Publishing in Hollywood. Stephen was paid $50 per
week. During his first few years at the publishing company, only one of his songs was
recorded. At one point, Stephen considered leaving Los Angeles to work for his father’s
insurance company in San Diego. However, his friend Leah Kunkel connected him with
Art Garfunkel. Art recorded two of Stephen’s songs on his album, “Breakaway.”
Shortly thereafter, Stephen was signed to ABC Records. He released his first album,
“Careless,” which had two popular hits, “On and On,” and “Save It For a Rainy Day.” It
became gold certified, as well as his second album, “Bish.” Stephen Bishop has
released 17 albums and has played his songs personally for Barbra Streisand, Diana
Ross, Bette Midler, Melissa Manchester, and Katy Perry. His newest album,
“Blueprint” was released in 2016. In Eric Clapton’s autobiography, he mentions Stephen
Bishop as one of his favorite songwriters.
Stephen Bishop’s hit song, “It Might Be You,” was the theme to the film “Tootsie.”
Stephen has written the themes to several films, including “Animal House,” “The Money
Pit,” and “White Nights.” His songs have been performed by Phil Collins, Eric Clapton,
Barbra Streisand, Art Garfunkel, Steve Perry, Stephanie Mills, Kenny Loggins, Johnny
Mathis, Phoebe Snow, David Crosby, The Four Tops, Aswad, Beyonce, and Pavarotti.
Stephen was nominated for two Grammy’sand awarded an Oscar nomination for his
song, “Separate Lives.”
Stephen appeared as the “Charming Guitar Player,” in Animal House. In the toga party
scene, John Belushi slams Stephen’s guitar to smithereens.