ROWAN STUART – BIOGRAPHY
As a child who felt displaced in a world of hard facts and harsh realities, South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Rowan Stuart always dreamed of a better place, where reality could be shaped to his will. At the age of 11, he discovered the guitar, and with it, the ultimate key to unlock the worlds that had existed in his mind. He took to the instrument naturally, becoming a sought-after session guitarist from a young age.
But he had always felt the need to tell his own stories, and so in 2008, he took a leap of faith and stepped into the spotlight as a singer-songwriter, releasing his debut album 'A Thousand Brand New Places'.
Now with 5 more solo albums, multiple South African tours and national radio success - most notably with singles 'Survivors', 'Silver Balloon' and 'The Kingdom Of Leaves' - under his belt, Rowan continues his quest to bridge the gap between reality and fantasy with his signature style of Story-Driven Dream Folk Pop.
In his own words: "My job is to find the glint of magic in the mundane, and to carefully chisel away until something rare and majestic reveals itself. This is my sanctuary, and it is here for anyone who needs a refuge from the chaos of modern life, and who could do with a little more meaningful escapism in their own life."
This year, Rowan kicked off a 6-month music release plan, starting in March with lead single 'Empire', followed by 'Otherlife', and his latest single 'Hidden Stars', released on the 9th of June. Each of these releases has been accompanied by cinematic music videos, punctuated by a 'post-apocalyptic fairytale' aesthetic, inspired by the dystopian nature of present-day life, and his love of science fiction and fantasy.