Stephen Amos


Stephen Amos

Steve was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and has been writing and performing since 1964. First introduced to guitar by Joanie O’Bryant, folk music historian, archivist and English Professor at Wichita State University, Steve was hooked on music as a personal expression of identity and culture. As part of a folk duo, he performed at The Cedar, a popular Wichita State University hangout while attending that university. After graduating, Steve was drafted into the United States Army and spent 4 years overseas where he continued his performing and song writing interests. He performed wherever he was and began documenting his own personal experience thru music. After being discharged in 1973 he toured Europe for 6 months prior to coming home. He then determined to pursue his college interest in psychology, eventually earning a Masters Degree from San Jose State University in 1976 and then his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas in 1980. During his graduate years he continued working on the craft of song writing and was able to have one song published and cut in Nashville. His total earnings on that song were $3.76, so he continued to pursue his education and ultimately found himself taking a position at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine-Wichita. During this time, Steve discovered the Nashville Songwriters Association International and quickly became a member of the Wichita Chapter. It was at those meetings where he developed and honed his skill as a song writer and his song

“It’s A God Thing” was chosen as one of the six Finalists of the 2005 CMT-NSAI Song Contest. In addition, the same song won in the Country Category of the Songdoor Competition in 2007. After placing songs in the finals of several song contests, in 2012 Steve placed three songs in the final five of the Songdoor Contest in the Country Category. Steve continues to work part time at the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Via Christi Hospital while maintaining a private practice in Andover, Kansas. Besides writing, Steve has a love of the outdoors, is an avid hunter, golfer and baseball fan. His first CD, Prairie Bound and his second CD, Versus, can be found at or on iTunes.

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