Finding Purpose Through Music; Former Andover Singer A Voice Of Hope In Nashville


By Judy Wakefield

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Scroll down the website for a Nashville recording studio used by country music superstars Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson and you’ll find a hip-hop singer-songwriter who grew up in Andover recording songs in the same space.

Nashville-based recording artist Brian Thompson, better known by his stage name Stealing Oceans, released a new single, “Blueprint,” in October. The track is the first release off of Stealing Oceans’ forthcoming short album, or EP, “Let The Kids Play,” which will be available in early 2018.

Thompson’s lyrics are about his struggle with alcohol abuse and depression.

He speaks candidly about his difficult teen years in Andover and how music helped him get through the tough time.

“Like so many young people do, there was a period of time where I had personal struggles and didn’t make the best decisions,” Thompson says in a press release. “Because of music and the help of family and friends, I was able to overcome my inner battles and was inspired to change. I haven’t had a drink in over two years and I remind myself every day to be grateful and give back as much as I can.

“I’ve made it my mission to spread positivity and be an encouraging influence in one way or another; performing at schools and speaking to students about drug and alcohol abuse or throwing charity…click here to continue reading