Musical sensation Stephen Michael Schwartz is a composer and recording artist who performs live music throughout the world to a wide range of audiences both young and old. Stephen's reputation as a superlative singer-songwriter came into focus as one of the three original members of the award-winning children’s musical group, Parachute Express. Stephen has produced popular music for children and their families for over 30 years. The first group ever to be signed to Walt Disney Records, Parachute Express has enjoyed a long-lasting partnership with San Francisco-based Gymboree Corporation, providing music for their Play & Music Centers throughout the world.
Stephen and Parachute Express, to date, have sold well over a half million CD's, securing a rarified position in the world of children’s entertainment. With Parachute Express, Stephen co-wrote and produced twelve award-winning albums, receiving numerous prestigious awards including first place in the International Songwriting Festival, the NAPPA Award, the Parents' Choice Gold Award, the Indie Award and the Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Award.
Stephen also composed and sang the title song for the popular PBS animated show, “Jay Jay The Jet Plane”, created Book and Tape projects for “Hello, Kitty” (Sanrio) and produced various Disney products including “Mickey Mouse’s Greatest Hits”. Stephen co-wrote and produced the highly acclaimed "Tales From The Rails", for The Smithsonian Institute featuring country music star, Trace Adkins.
As an accomplished live performer, Stephen continues to perform to sold-out venues throughout the world and has shared the stage with such children’s music luminaries as Raffi, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Mister Rogers, Bob McGrath from Sesame Street, and even Kermit the Frog. Stephen has also had the privilege of performing at The White House over a half dozen times, in addition to singing onstage with President Bill Clinton at The Kennedy Center.
Stephen’s most recent production is his third solo album, BUCKET OF WOW! Released in Summer 2016, critics are calling it his finest work yet and one reviewer wrote,
“Stephen’s lyrics are Broadway-quality, with sparkling rhymes and clever, evocative wordplay. The melodies are among the best out there, anywhere”.
Other achievements in his illustrious career include a solo recording contract with RCA records at age 20, starring in two television sit-coms, "Please Stand By" for NBC and "The Music Shoppe" (Cable), and winning six Ovation award nominations (one win) for his musical, “It Came From Beyond!”. Co-written with Norman Thalheimer and Cornell Christianson, “It Came From Beyond” is scheduled to make it's Off-Broadway debut within the coming year.
Whether acting, writing, singing or producing, Stephen has shown his talents to be as varied as his creativity is boundless. His original compositions, filled with both humor and sensitivity along with his unusual talent to engage and put an audience totally at ease, make Stephen Michael Schwartz an unforgettable experience … no matter what your age.