ON TOUR ACROSS NORTH AMERICA NOW
Buzzing New York-based alternative pop singer and songwriter Stephen Dawes presents his anxiously awaited debut, The Day We Met EP, out now via Republic Records.
The Day We Met amplifies Stephen’s multi-dimensional sound and storytelling. He layers arresting pop melodies above cinematic instrumentation punctuated by D.I.Y. intimacy. At the same time, he paints a vivid picture throughout the project, touching on themes of heartbreak, nostalgia, and healing. Inviting everyone into this world, he personally teased the songs on Discord, building buzz among fans. Now, he delivers.
A standout track on the EP is “Don’t Hate Me When it’s Over.” About the track Stephen said,“While every song on the EP stems from a place of intimacy, “Don’t Hate Me When It’s Over” is by far the most personal. This song has taken a real journey over the past few months, and I am proud to say it has become my favorite song on the project. I wrote it about the fear of losing someone, and I hope it will be there for anyone who unfortunately relates to that feeling.”
He paved the way for the EP with “Never Get You” [with Dylan Conrique]. Beyond picking up traction at streaming platforms, it garnered critical acclaim. Right out of the gate, SWEETY HIGH named it among “10 Big Things That Happened in Music the Week of October 6, 2023” and christened it “an emotional powerhouse of a track.”
Stephen just hit the road for the first time, supporting Peter McPoland on tour. Following his stunning set in Toronto, he performed a rapturous acoustic set for fans. Check out the video HERE. Next up, he’ll roll through major cities across North America through the tour’s conclusion on November 19 in Asbury Park, NJ.
The EP also includes “Happiest Girl.” Thus far, it has amassed over 820K Spotify streams and 530K YouTube views on the lyric video. Meanwhile, “19” has earned widespread critical acclaim. rain hailed it as “a captivating sonic experience,” and Sweety High attested, “‘19’ has one of those choruses you can’t wait to scream alongside a crowd at a concert, and we believe Stephen is just getting started.”The Honey Pop touted it as one of “6 New Tracks We Have On Repeat” and raved, “Catchy with a chorus that makes us groove where we stand, it’s safe to say that we’ll be playing ‘19’ on repeat for quite some time.”
Earlier this year Stephen released “Lose My Mind,” which has generated over 1 million Spotify streams and counting. Inciting critical applause, OnesToWatch professed, “The short and sweet single paints a story of love and realizing a chance encounter could be the start of something deeper.” “Lose My Mind” served as the follow-up to 2022’s “It Could Be Me” which notably has racked up 4 million Spotify streams. Right out of the gate, it appeared on Spotify’s “New Music Friday,” and pop rising.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
11/3 Santa Ana, CA
11/4 San Diego CA
11/9 Austin, TX
11/10 Dallas, TX
11/11 Houston, TX
11/13 Atlanta, GA
11/14 Nashville, TN
11/16 New York, NY
11/17 Washington, DC
11/18 Wilmington, DE
11/19 Asbury Park, NJ