In 1974 RCA Records released the self-titled album,
Stephen Michael Schwartz – featuring Stephen, backed by some of the best studio musicians in the country.
The list is impressive…. Larry Carlton (Guitar), Michael Omartian (Keyboards), Jim Keltner (Drums), Wilton Felder (Bass), Kim Carnes, Clydie King, and Venetta Fields (Background vocals).
The album drew industry attention to Stephen’s talent both as a songwriter and a solid vocal performer. The single, “ROCK ME AWAY”, generated favorable airplay on local FM stations around the country and classified Stephen’s musical genre as “Funk/Soul”.
Given the musical climate at the time and disco’s stronghold on radio play, one song off the album that received the most “buzz” was “GET IT UP FOR LOVE”.
It was just the beginning of a long and fruitful recording career.