Six years ago, Steph Macleod found himself in rehab for homeless men with addiction problems. According to StornowayGazette.com, the singer/songwriter is now clean and sober, and has begun to share his experiences with others, where his personal faith transformed his life.
He has been asked to share his story at Martin's Memorial Church, in hopes to inspire others through his words. Steph was a classical guitar student at the royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before he began using drugs and alcohol. He began using, seeking an escape from problems tracing back to his teenage years. He ended up homeless in the streets of Edinburgh, begging for money to fund his habits. Eventually, he entered a treatment center for homeless men suffering from addiction.
Eight months into treatment, in 2006, Steph picked up a guitar for the first time in years. Songs describing his experiences of addiction and homelessness began pouring out of him. After treatment, he continued writing music and began performing locally. In the following year, he got married and started a family, and his writing became influenced by that, as well.
Steph has continued recording, as well as performing around the UK. He has played at festivals like The Retrofest, The Belladrum Festival, The Wizard Festival, and The Spratton Folk Festival. He competed in the 2009 Troubadour Singer Songwriter competition, where he won. For the last two years, he has been performing with his band, The Whitney Shuffle.
Steph's music and life has been greatly influenced by his faith. In 2009, with the help of Origin Scotland's Exile Band, he wrote and recorded a 12-track Christian album, detailing his faith and the impact it had on his recovery.
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