"...flirts with many musical styles, flitting energetically and effortlessly from Dylan's poetic storytelling to Bowie's epic lyricism."
- Houston Chronicle
Joel Henry Stein is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. He has released five original albums featuring musicians from the bands of John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Beth Orton, Rickie Lee Jones, Kris Kristofferson, and Edie Brickell, and his songs have received radio play nationwide. Joel is also the mastermind behind the alternative synth-pop project, Colossal Orange.
Joel has been nominated “Songwriter of the Year” in the Houston Press, been voted “Best Houston Songwriter” by Ticketmaster/Citysearch.com, been featured in Time magazine, received seven ASCAP awards for his songwriting, and been showcased by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. His songs have also appeared in TV shows such as “Future Car” and “Sun Devil Rewind.”
Joel has performed at dozens of venues in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and elsewhere around the country, as well as at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, Topanga Earth Day Festival in Los Angeles, Big Horn Music Festival in Southern California, and the Strawberry Folk and Wine Festival in Napa.
In addition to his own singer-songwriter material, Joel plays a unique blend of traditional Americana, bluegrass, spirituals, classic country, and Hebrew psalms, prayers, and folk songs. In 2016, he recorded a collection of American Folk Favorites for the SongKeeper Project, an outreach organization he founded to promote traditional folksongs. .