Currently

  • Stephen Rey plays the part of Miss Erika Davies characters' love interest in the short film CAVERN directed by Dave Sims.
  • Stephen Rey can be seen performing around the country Solo Acoustic, with a trio and even a full sextet at times.
  • StephenRey is featured with Cash’d Out – a Johnny Cash tribute band who is currently on tour performing in over 100 cities coast to coast throughout the USA.

Stephen El Rey

Stephen Rey is an American musician, artist, actor, model, songwriter, and a troubadour of sorts. He was born at the George Air Force base in the high desert of Victorville, California. His folks transferred to San Diego when he was three. At age seventeen he learned the art of hitchhiking and busking the streets of San Francisco before doing a brief stint at San Diego State University and learning the construction trade. In 1998, Rey obtained a publishing deal with Warner Chappell as a songwriter, after which his songs appeared in films and documentaries such as Embrace of the Vampire with Alyssa Milano.

Rey primarily attributes his musical influence to his childhood in El Centro – an agricultural city situated in the Imperial Valley of California. His grandfather was a selfmade, hard working truck driver/owner and rancher who measured the stature of a man by how hard he worked. Rey’s grandmother owned a local Cantina where occasionally live music was brought in. Invariably, a Juke Box would be playing Johnny Cash, Rene/Rene and others. Coincidentally, Rey's grandparents on his mother's side owned two working Jukeboxes in their living room. These were leftover remnants from a failed restaurant/bar business in the border town of Mexicali. It was there that Rey gravitated towards the Jukebox; he just loved reaching up and randomly pushing the big square whitehorsetooth buttons of letters and numbers to see what songs he might surprise himself with. If he was lucky enough to pick a good one, his grandmother would just laugh, dance and have a good ole time. As a result, he discovered 50's rock ‘n roll, country music, and a long lasting affinity for old Mexican love songs.

Rey’s affliction for blues also expanded to jazz and murder ballads. He carries a torch and passion for those things that are slowly disappearing in our American culture. These changes are characterized in his composition, “The Old Fashioned Future.” His songs dangerously tight rope honky tonk, border town barrel house country blues, and at times unpredictable rock & roll with a southern swamp. As MoJo Nixon said, it’s “The Gun Club meets Memphis’ Tav Falco drunk.”

Performance

Rey has written and composed hundreds of songs and performed with various musicians from all over the world.
The following are some of the prestigious bands Rey has performed with throughout his music career:   
  • Alice in Chains
  • BRMC
  • Danzig
  • Diablo Dimes
  • Hank Williams III
  • Jesus Lizard
  • John Doe
  • Mike Ness
  • Reverend Horton Heat
  • Sharon Jones & Dap Kings
  • The BellRays
  • Tim Blume 
  • Andrew Bird
  • Cash’d Out
  • Dave Alvin
  • Dirt Bombs
  • James Hunnicutt
  • Jewel
  • Leon Russell
  • No Doubt
  • Rocket From the Crypt
  • Soda Gardocki
  • The Blasters
  • Wayne Hancock  
  • Big Sandy
  • Dale Watson
  • Detroit Cobras
  • El Vez
  • Jesse Dayton
  • Joan Jett
  • Marcia Ball
  • Pearl Jam
  • Rosie Flores
  • Steve Poltz
  • The Knitters 

Stephen Rey has also been featured as the bass player for bands around the country. Those credits include:

  • Bartender’s Bible
  • Erika Davies
  • Lady Dottie & the Diamonds
  • Schitzophonics 
  • Cash’d Out
  • James Morris
  • Mad Juana
  • Diablo Dimes
  • John Reis
  • Sammy Yaffa