The pandemic hasn’t left anyone’s life unchanged. In February 2020, Stephen Day was gearing up to tour his 2019 album Guess I’m Grown Now. He and his band were prepping for his first show in Asia and to return to the states for their first headline tour a week later. As news on COVID-19 started to spread and the world began to shut down, Day’s view of the imminent future, like everyone else’s, was no longer certain. On March 7, flights to the Philippines were canceled, then SXSW along with his official showcase slot, and he and his team had to make the decision to cancel his tour. Like that, Day, along with the rest of the world, was in a new digitally-driven community.
Over a year later as the world started to re-open, the 25-year-old Nashville resident took the time to reflect on his place in culture, business, and art. “It felt like the world around me and the world inside me was begging for me to dig deeper, in a way asking me to accept the calling of being an artist, and I did my best to answer back.” Since the shutdown, Day released his first self-produced project Original Songs and Sound, collaborated with Allen Stone, and passed 43 million streams on his catalog. American Songwriter called his track “Every Way (Supernatural),” “a huge musical leap forward,” and went on to add that it “signals rebirth and renewed creative force.” The five-song EP made alone in the confines of his bedroom lend to the crooner vocal performance his fans have come to love, and moves his sound into a contemporary space.
In 2021, Day wrote, recorded, and finished his second full-length album The Shapes I’m In. The project was co-produced by Micah Tawlks (COIN, Hayley Williams, Liza Anne) and Day. Eager to get it out to fans Day says, “I put so much of myself into this record in hopes that we could all grow a little closer together after the year and a half we’ve had of being separated. It feels like the easiest way to re-enter and rebuild a more social and communal world is by remembering how to give away a little bit of yourself to someone and trust them with it.” The project represents a new era for Day that isn’t afraid to push boundaries sonically or in subject matter. He’s come a long way since his 2016 debut and looking forward to the future ahead.