While it's not unique for artists to go from unknown to known thanks to their music landing in television commercials, Stephen Wrabel's story involves a song ("Ten Feet Tall"), a commercial (Bud Light), a superstar DJ (Afrojack), and exposure to 100 million viewers (it premiered during the Super Bowl). Following that breakthrough hit, Wrabel issued a series of EPs and singles, culminating in a retrospective 2019 live set, one nite only.
Thanks to transient parents, Wrabel grew up all over the U.S., but he put down some roots when he attended Boston's Berklee College of Music. A move to Los Angeles came next, as did gigs writing songs for artists like Phillip Phillips and Adam Lambert, but Wrabel was still working on his own career, and landed a deal with Island thanks to a demo recording of "Ten Feet Tall." He recorded the cut with Dutch EDM DJ Afrojack and it premiered in early 2014 thanks to Bud Light's Super Bowl commercial. It also landed on Afrojack's debut album, Forget the World as well as Wrabel's debut EP Sideways. The following year, the single "I Want You" and a remix by MNDR arrived. In 2016, Wrabel collaborated with songwriter/producer Alex Hope on his Epic debut single "11 Blocks," a song inspired by the same relationship that sparked "Ten Feet Tall." That year also saw the release of Marshmello's "Ritual," which featured Wrabel on vocals. Wrabel began 2017 with the release of another highly emotional single, "Bloodstain," which was included on his EP We Could Be Beautiful. Further singles followed into 2019, when Wrabel issued one nite only, a career-spanning live set. ~ David Jeffries