Known ForArtist/Band, Writing
Also Known AsStephen Nance
Sparkbird is the project of non-binary queer singer-songwriter Stephan Nance (they/them). Their poetic piano pop music explores mental health, trauma, post-traumatic growth, nature, and queerness, and has been featured by the National Audubon Society, Birding Magazine, Homoground, and Rock the Pigeon.
From 2017 until 2020, Stephan performed globally, with three tours of Japan and others in the UK, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Italy. Their shows regularly warmed the hearts of Sofar Sounds audiences across the U.S. Since the pandemic, they have been unable to tour due to high risk for serious illness from COVID. Stephan lives in Portland, Oregon with their partner Adam, a 13-year-old Senegal parrot named Georgie, and a 42-year-old Yellow-naped parrot named Fred. Stephan is currently working on their next album and a young adult novel set in Eastern Oregon.