|Hometown||San Diego, CA|
|Genres||Pop, Alternative Country|
|Band Members||Steven Ybarra|
|# Years Experience Performing Live:||20|
|# Live Perfomances Past Six-months:||60|
|Market Draw:||San Diego: 401-450|
|Venue History:||Coors Amphitheater - San Diego, CA; House of Blues - San Diego, CA; Wyland Ocean Challenge National Tour - Laguna Beach , CA; Whiskey a Go Go - W. Hollowood, CA; The Roxy - W. Hollywood, CA; The Viper Room - W. Hollywood, CA; Humphreys by the Bay - San Diego, CA; Phoenix Film Festival - Phoenix, AZ; Annual Wisteria Festival - Sierra Madre, CA; Music on the Bay - Coos Bay, OR; San Diego Street Scene - San Diego, CA; PB Block Party - Pacific Beach, CA; San Diego County Fair - Del Mar, CA|
|Opener Experience:||Jeremy Camp; Lit ; Vertical Horizon ; Hootie and the Blowfish ; Big Head Todd and the Monsters ; Switchfoot; The Calling ; Unwritten Law ; Reliant K ; Gilby Clarke ; Kyle Cook ; Dick Dale ; Leah Andreone ; Superdrag ; Pato Banton ; Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers ; Comedian, aCarrot Topa ; Sugar Ray; Five For Fighting; The Pat McGee Band; Colin Hay ; Dishwalla; Jason Mraz; Gin Blossoms; Alien Ant Farm; Pete Best ; A.J. Croce; Dada; Deep Blue Something; Gene Loves Jezebel; Roger Clinton ; Common Sense; Gavin DeGraw|
|Similar Artists:||Keith Urban; Rob Thomas|
|Performing Rights Society:||Other|
|Discography:||Best Days LP—2011; Love Love Love LP—2008; Steven Ybarra EP—2006; Masses Collide LP—2005; Live at Dublin Square LP—2004; Is It You LP—2001; Inside This Radio LP—1998; Live at the Velvet Lounge LP—1994|
The world at large is already taking notice: Ybarra recently scored a licensing deal with Universal/Ingrooves for the title track of "Love Love Love." His music, a fresh and melodic blend of gospel-inflected modern country and pop, has been featured on MTV, NBC, ESPN, and in movies and documentaries. He's played the House of Blues, Coors Amphitheater, San Diego Street Scene and L.A.'s famed Whiskey A Go Go among thousands of other stages, from coffee shops to amphitheaters. Ybarra has also used his microphone and guitar to give voice to dozens of charitable causes, including the Surfrider Foundation, the Salvation Army, the March of Dimes and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He's poised for the spotlight, and he's going about it in the most virtuous way he knows.
Ybarra's musical journey began in childhood, like so many other artists. But not everyone had the unique blend of sonic influences — Julio Iglesias, the renowned tenor Helmut Lotti — that spread throughout his Houston, Texas household thanks to his German and Hispanic roots. The distilled essence of the music he grew up with, coupled with the Laurel Canyon-era rock and pop ballads he absorbed as a teenager in San Diego, would come to define Ybarra's signature sound. And the precision and craft he honed during a songwriting stint on Nashville's famed Music Row would ensure that he'd continue to churn out impeccably written hits, album after album.
There is another side of Ybarra's childhood that had a significant impact that carried over into adulthood, and, naturally, seeped into his soulful sound. Ybarra attended Catholic school through 8th grade, which set a spiritual foundation for the budding musician's life and gave his music a sincerity no amount of lessons could buy. He sang every week in church, and by regularly demonstrating his talent in front of his family and the congregation, Ybarra's confidence and stage presence was set at a young age. These first gigs, as they were, showed Ybarra the amazing sense of fulfillment his music could bring to others and himself. In his role as worship arts leader at San Diego's Grace Point Church, Ybarra has given himself a creative outlet for his music, and he's constantly inspiring others to pursue their own creative dreams. Take a listen, and let his music inspire you.