Stuart started playing guitar at the age of 13 and played for various bands throughout high school. In October 2010 he formed his own band and with money saved from waiting tables, recorded his first EP, Leave This Town, at Drop ‘n’ Roll studios with Bryan McLagan, founding member of The Finkelsteins. The EP consisted of 6 songs of which two made it onto national radio, with Love Song reaching number three on Algoa FM.
This surprise success inspired the recording of his first full length album, Chasing Shadows, which launched in April 2012. Both singles, namely Write About Us and Better Left Unsaid, were playlisted on national radio.
In June 2013 Stuart and his band headed into Drop ‘n’ Roll for a third time and recorded their second full length album, Storm, mixed and mastered by Paris Lucas. The album launched to a sold out crowd at the Athenaeum in Port Elizabeth in October 2013. The first and only single, Alright, also picked up national radio airplay.
In December 2013 Stuart relocated to Johannesburg and in March 2014 he recorded Falling for You with Marius Bouwer at Pop Planet Studio. The song was playlisted nationally and reached number five on Algoa FM.
Stuart Reece, solo and with his band, has played alongside many popular South African acts namely: Elvis Blue, A-King, Dan Patlansky, Prime Circle, Lloyd Cele, Mi Casa, Jimmy Nevis, Kurt Darren, Gold Fish, Justin Serrao, Howie Combrink, Graham Watkins Project, Evolver One, The Arrows, Farrell Purkiss, Jesse Clegg, Taxi Violence, Southern Gypsy Queen, Meri Kenaz, Tony Cox, Steve Newman and Robin Auld.
Stuart has also played in a number of different music venues across South Africa, such as: The Venue(Melrose Arch) and Tanz Café in Johannesburg; Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria; Barbas Café in Bloemfontein; Murambi Country Kitchen and Legends Showcase in East London; The Music Kitchen, Athenaeum, Colonial Kitchen and Bridge Street Brewery in Port Elizabeth; Potters Place in Jeffreys Bay; Legends in St. Francis; Tapas in Knysna; Arts Theatre in George; Perigators in Pringle Bay; Gecko Bar in Hermanus; The Fugard Theatre, The Waiting Room, and Daddy Long Legs in Cape Town.
“Whether it’s music, art, business or sport, allow yourself to get absolutely lost in the what you want out of your life,” explains Stuart Reece.
Away Away is available on iTunes along with the rest of the Broke Down Beat Down – EP