Steven Ybarra – One of the Most Gifted and Honest Musicians to Emerge From San Diego’s Singer-Songwriter Scene in Years
Steven Ybarra has emerged as one of the most gifted and honest musicians from San Diego’s singer-songwriter scene in recent memory, captivating audiences around the country while sharing stages with artists like Gavin DeGraw, Jeremy Camp, Sugar Ray and Hootie & the Blowfish.
He and his wife Jessica are developing various commercial properties along Bissonnet in the East End. Their latest project can be found at 3509 Harrisburg Boulevard – close to a Metro rail stop nearby.
Early Life and Education
Steven Ybarra has long been an integral member of San Diego’s vibrant singer/songwriter scene, beginning his journey with local bands Liquid Groove and 34Below. Ybarra won several SDMA awards as part of these groups and has shared stages with artists like Jason Mraz, Sugar Ray and Hootie & The Blowfish among many others.
He has appeared on MTV, ESPN, surf movies and other television programs; using his music as the voice for numerous charitable causes like three Surfrider Foundation benefit shows and March of Dimes events.
His latest release, What I Really Want to Say, features him collaborating with Nashville session players for an impressive collection of modern country rock songs that boasts crisp production with powerful drums and intricate guitar licks.
Ybarra has become one of the city’s favorite performers, delighting crowds from coffee shops to amphitheaters and even San Diego street corners with his vibrant blend of fresh melodies, pop and gospel-inflected modern country rock that earned him an endorsement deal with Universal/Ingrooves.
His music serves as a platform for activism, and he frequently uses his microphone (and guitar) to advocate for causes like the environment, human rights, equality and youth leadership. Additionally, he is active within his church community and regularly encourages others to pursue their creative dreams.
Michelle has become renowned as an attorney thanks to her pro bono work, winning decisive victories and creating substantial changes for gay plaintiffs through an administrative challenge against California Proposition 8 and representing death row inmates at San Quentin who appealed for stay of executions. Michelle is sought-after trial counsel by both start-ups and multinational corporations in intellectual property disputes, class actions, legal malpractice claims and related disputes.
Achievement and Honors
Stephen Ybarra has emerged as one of the finest musicians from San Diego’s vibrant singer-songwriter scene in recent years, captivating audiences while earning critical acclaim from music critics and industry professionals alike. From coffee shops to amphitheatres he has performed thousands of times, offering audiences his melodic blend of modern country with gospel-influenced pop.
Ybarra has taught Chicano and Latin American Studies at California State University Fresno for 24 years and written numerous books on sociology of family, women, and contemporary Latin America as well as numerous papers about leadership and community service.
Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth is an innovative program dedicated to nurturing children and adolescents’ academic talent. They research and identify those possessing exceptional scholastic talent within liberal arts disciplines while offering exciting, in-school and out-of-school programs for these extraordinary learners.
Steven Ybarra uses his guitar and microphone to bring awareness to charitable causes while simultaneously fulfilling personal ambitions. As a result, Steven remains highly in demand as both an activist and vocalist having performed at three Surfrider Foundation benefit shows as well as March of Dimes events.
He now resides in San Diego, where he serves as worship arts director at Grace Point Church. This position provides him with creative expression that fulfills him creatively, as Ybarra just completed a kidney transplant that allows him to enjoy swimming rivers and pools again; he’s grateful to his donor, and hopes others consider doing the same thing.
San Diego-born singer-songwriter Anthony Ybarra has delighted audiences everywhere from coffee shops to amphitheaters with his melodic blend of pop, gospel-influenced modern country, and his guitar in support of various charitable causes.
Garrett Moore has been featured on the CBS drama Blue Bloods for nearly a decade as a regular character, appearing in over 200 episodes since 2009. The series chronicles the Reagan family and their long history in law enforcement.
He has appeared in various films, most notably Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Musically he has extensive film and TV song placement credits to his name as well as having released his own solo album called Love Love Love which received several accolades.