Born in Soveria Mannelli, Italy, Stefano took to music at an early age and began classical piano training at age seven. He quickly gained notoriety by performing on popular Italian TV shows, and since then has collaborated with famed songwriters, as well as the famed director Franco Zeffirelli. Honing his craft further, the musician and singer has ultimately composed and scored motion picture soundtracks under the guidance of award-winning filmmaker Jamal Joseph.
2019 marked the beginning of his solo project, when Stefano began collaborating with famed producer Chico Bennett (Madonna, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Prince). His debut single “Prayer” highlights the songwriter’s warm and confessional vocals brimming with such passion, and yet such delicate vibrato tones. Stefano’s otherworldly vocal delivery glides with memorable melodies over intimate piano. The moving lyrics detail the act of loving again after hardship and disconnection. With comparisons to Sam Smith, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Bublé, “Prayer” marked a graceful and exciting debut for this generational artist on the rise.
In Stefano’s last single “We Are The Power,” the songwriter invites us all to take part in healing the world together. The glorious composition features soulful vocals, a soaring melody, and a vivacious chorus complete with a gospel choir for a most heartfelt demonstration of love, optimism, and vitality. Stefano confides, “It is a song that describes the importance of every person’s mission to use their individual gifts to unify the world in harmony and peace.” After almost two years of collective hardship and widespread disease, “We Are The Power” is the perfect anthem to inspire bright beginnings for the new year ahead.
“Find My Way” was born as a musical tribute to the Motown world that has been highly influential to Stefano’s musical taste and sound since he was a young child. Thematically, the song was inspired by his mother, who raised Stefano to pursue big dreams and share his gifts with strength, patience, and heartfelt dedication. “Find My Way” is an upbeat, danceable song which celebrates elements of funk, jazz, and soul reminiscent of legendary Motown hits. The song was written starting in the mountains of southern Italy in December and was recently finished in Miami, after a period of deep introspection and gratitude for his family. The result is a collaboration between Travis Mazza, John Smallwood and Stefano May under the production of legendary producer Chico Bennett. In the powerful video, Stefano narrates daily life in Los Angeles during unparalleled times, ultimately alluding to profound messages of compassion, grace, and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Stefano confides, “No matter how challenging your surroundings can be, you will always be able to find your own way…”
Stefano aims to bring people together through the power of music. By sharing his gifts, he empowers others to do the same. “Music is made to heal your soul. People find commonality in the music they listen to and every song has the right time and place for each of its listeners.”