Stevens has been singing since she was two-years old.
“My mom has videos of me singing to Barney somewhere around the house,” Stevens joked.
Music is in Stevens DNA and she has a knack for singing songs that people like. “Mostly pop or some jazz,” Stevens said.
Stevens recently won the annual Minnesota Sings competition in Elk River.
“Minnesota sings is a statewide competition,” Stevens said. “It happens every year. In order to move on to the state wide competition you have win a local sings event. This year I won Elk River sings and the past two years I have won at Centennial sings.”
Next stop for Stevens is the Minnesota Sings finals in Fairmont in October where she will represent Blaine.
“There is places for the top five,” Stevens said… “Last year I won fourth place so I won $500 and some really nice music equipment. Hoping to win a first place prize this year…If you win one of the top three prizes at Minnesota Sings you get a recording session.”
Music is universal
Stevens main job is in the classroom.
“I’m an early childhood special education teacher for the Centennial School District.” Stevens said. “Love teaching.”
But hitting the right notes and singing songs is something Stevens also loves.
“I would say it’s definitely my passion and it’s nice because I get to incorporate it into the classroom as well,” Stevens said… “I participated in theater growing up in high school, so I did a lot of musicals. Very involved in the choir program at Coon Rapids High School.”
Stevens knows that singing gives her a chance to impact people in a powerful way.
“I think that music can convey a whirlwind of emotions,” Stevens said. “I think you can convey an entire lifetime. That’s what’s beautiful about it.”
Stevens believes that music can be a unifying force.
“I think that music connects people from so many different walks of life in just different ways,” Stevens said. “It’s universal.”
“Just a hobby”
For now, Stevens sings just for fun.
“Just as a hobby,” Stevens said.
But deep down she would like to reach another level of success.
“I think it would be great,” Stevens said. “It would be a dream come true. I don’t know if I’m made for a pop star life but I think it would be fun to have a couple things out there.”
Stevens says the most popular hit she’s performed is “orange colored sky” by Natalie Cole, which Stevens describes as a “really jazzy song.”