He graduated from seminary school and wrote songs on the side in the 1970s; his first chart hit as a songwriter was for Crystal Gayle, who cracked the US country Top Ten with his "Your Kisses Will" in 1979. Stephenson went on to write hits for Kenny Rogers, Dan Seals, Janie Fricke, and John Anderson. Partnering with Dave Robbins, Stephenson wrote a string of hits for Restless Heart, and would continue to work with Robbins later in his career. First album "China Girl" was released in 1981 Stephenson landed a recording contract of his own, and his album, Righteous Anger, was released in 1984. He scored big on the Billboard charts with "Modern Day Delilah", peaking at #22, and a second hit, "What the Big Girls Do", peaked at #45. Righteous Anger charted at #54 on the Billboard 200, but his follow-up 1986 disc, Suspicious Heart, did not chart, nor did its lead single, "We're Doing Alright".
It also included two songs featured on movie soundtracks: "Make It Glamorous" from the 1984 film The Wild Life and "No Secrets" from the 1985 film Secret Admirer. Stephenson returned to songwriting duties until the early 1990s, when he became one-third of BlackHawk, a successful country group, through the end of the decade. In 2000, Stephenson left the group after being diagnosed with melanoma, and he died on April 8, 2001 as a result of the disease. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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