photo by Mark Elliott

photo by Mark Elliott

M. Bailey Stephenson (fka SUN RIAH)

GoldFlakePaint // Album stream & feature

For the Rabbits // Video premiere

Hullabaloo // Interview 

The Oklahoman // Interview 

Anti-Heroin Chic // Interview 

Sun Riah was the name of native Oklahoman experimental harpist/songwriter M. Bailey Stephenson's project. She’s now shed that moniker and is playing music under her own name. We released her third album Sitting With Sounds and Listening for Ghosts on July 21, 2017.

Named one of Paste Magazine’s “five harpists who nail experimental pop music,” she sings and drums into her harp and layers melodies into a dreamy tapestry of sound.  Sun Riah’s voice wanders a broad swath between Julianna Barwick and Kate Bush and her music is not entirely unlike her freak-folk predecessors Joanna Newsom and Coco Rosie. 

“There’s a lot of different layers of storytelling on this album,” recounts Stephenson, “but what inspired me to write it was losing somebody in my family and realizing that my relationship to this particular place was going to change dramatically.” 

She’s currently living in Tucson, Arizona pursuing her Ph.D. and at work on a new album.