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Interview:
Stephen Kellogg at 20 Front Street, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Stephen Kellogg has been going strong since 1994 -- and has no plans to stop any time soon.



The singer and songwriter maintains a busy schedule, both on his own and with is band the Sixers. You'll also find him doing plenty of charity work, including for St. Jude's Hospital and the Children's Cancer Association, and he's made regular trips overseas to perform for U.S. military personnel.



Last year he took stock of his career, in a way, with the concert recording "Tour De Forty: Greatest Hits (So Far) Live." This year took Kellogg, 42, back to the studio, resulting in the recently released "Objects in the Mirror," a lyrically probing set produced by fellow troubadour Will Hoge that reflects some of Kellogg's classic rock roots throughout its 12 songs...



• Kellogg says by phone that "Objects in the Mirror" came perhaps a bit ahead of schedule due to circumstances. "I had a bunch of songs kinda kicking around for awhile, and then I was supposed to be part of a big tour last summer that fell through, as sometimes happens. For some reason that really bummed me out more than anything has in almost two decades, but that morning my buddy Eric Donnelly, who co-wrote six of the songs, called and was like, 'Man, I’m not sure that would’ve been the right tour for you...' He wouldn't let me go to the dark place I felt like I wanted to go; He said, 'We're the Bad News Bears. Why don't you just write the best songs you've ever written and let's just do this. That was the beginning of it."



• That tour cancellation also gave Kellogg a little more time to work on his material, which he feels benefitted the album. "It took a few months but we just worked the songs real hard, and by the time we went into the studio I worked with some really tremendous musicians and we just kinda went for it and took the result, which I'm real happy with."



• Kellogg is also writing a book of essays inspired by the songs on "Objects in the Mirror," subtitled "A Storyteller's Take on What Matters Most," which he plans to publish during the spring of 2019. "It loosely aligns to each song on the record -- essays about marriage and forgiveness and having a sense of humor. It's a bit of an autobiography, but there's also, 'Here's what I think, and here's what has worked' -- kind of a recipe for a life well-lived. I'm excited to take a crack at this. It's fun to have a new medium where people don't have to like Americana-type music or rock 'n' roll or whatever it is I do to get the good stuff and enjoy the stories. I'm excited to watch the degree it becomes a part of my future."



Stephen Kellogg brings and Taylor Carson perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at 20 Front Street in Lake Orion. $30. 248-783-7105 or 20frontstreet.com.

Web Site: www.20frontstreet.com

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