Stephen El Rey’s voice channeled the vulnerability of Roy Orbison, the sex of Elvis Presley, the raw power of Howlin’ Wolf, or the insanity of Jerry Lee Lewis. Like Lynch’s movies, Rey’s music can feel familiar, but always carries with it a more complex undertow waiting to pull you in. ” - Clinton Ross Davis - THE TROUBADOUR  
The Gun Club meets Memphis' Tav Falco drunk...” - MOJO NIXON   

Stephen El Rey : musician / songwriter


  • San Diego Music Awards 2022 Nominated Best Blues 

  • San Diego Music Awards 2019 & 2020 Nominated Best Americana

  • Stephen El Rey is performing  as Tormenta Rey

  • Stephen El Rey can be also be seen playing bass for The Schizophonics, Cashed Out, Lady Dotty and the Dimonds, The Schizophonics Soul Review,  El Vez,  The Little Richards.
  • Stephen El Rey is featured in Scallywag In Space Episode Unknown a short film directed by Marco Marcus / Dr. Flaw Comix.
  • Stephen Rey plays the part of Miss Erika Davies characters' love interest in the short film CAVERN directed by Dave SimsCannes Court Métrage Short Film Corner Festival De Cannes 2016 . Official Selection 46th Annual USA Film Festival 2016
  • Stephen El Rey can be seen performing around the country Solo Acoustic to a full New Orleans style brass band.

Stephen El Rey Nominated Best Blues 2022 , Nominated Best Americana 2019 & 2020 ” - San Diego Music Awards


Rey has written and composed hundreds of songs and performed with various musicians from all over the world.
The following are some of the prestigious bands Rey has performed with throughout his music career:   
  • Dave Alvin
  • BRMC
  • Danzig
  • Diablo Dimes
  • Hank Williams III
  • Jesus Lizard
  • John Doe
  • Mike Ness
  • Reverend Horton Heat
  • Sharon Jones & Dap Kings
  • The BellRays
  • Tim Blume 
  • Gregory Page
  • Andrew Bird
  • Cash’d Out
  • Dirt Bombs
  • James Hunnicutt
  • Jewel
  • Leon Russell
  • No Doubt
  • Rocket From the Crypt
  • Soda Gardocki
  • The Blasters
  • Wayne Hancock  
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Big Sandy
  • Dale Watson
  • Detroit Cobras
  • El Vez
  • Jesse Dayton
  • Joan Jett
  • Marcia Ball
  • Pearl Jam
  • Rosie Flores
  • Steve Poltz
  • The Knitters 

Stephen El Rey is an American musician, artist, actor, model, songwriter, and a troubadour of sorts. He was born at the George Air Force base in the high desert of Victorville, California. His folks transferred to San Diego when he was three. At age seventeen he learned the art of hitchhiking and busking the streets of San Francisco before doing a brief stint at San Diego State University and learning the construction trade. In 1998, Rey obtained a publishing deal with Warner Chappell as a songwriter, after which his songs appeared in films and documentaries such as Embrace of the Vampire with Alyssa Milano.

Rey primarily attributes his musical influence to his childhood in El Centro – an agricultural city situated in the Imperial Valley of California. His grandfather was a selfmade, hard working truck driver/owner and rancher who measured the stature of a man by how hard he worked. Rey’s grandmother owned a local Cantina where occasionally live music was brought in. Invariably, a Juke Box would be playing Johnny Cash, Rene/Rene and others. Coincidentally, Rey's grandparents on his mother's side owned two working Jukeboxes in their living room. These were leftover remnants from a failed restaurant/bar business in the border town of Mexicali. It was there that Rey gravitated towards the Jukebox; he just loved reaching up and randomly pushing the big square whitehorsetooth buttons of letters and numbers to see what songs he might surprise himself with. If he was lucky enough to pick a good one, his grandmother would just laugh, dance and have a good ole time. As a result, he discovered 50's rock ‘n roll, country music, and a long lasting affinity for old Mexican love songs.

Rey’s affliction for blues also expanded to jazz and murder ballads. He carries a torch and passion for those things that are slowly disappearing in our American culture. These changes are characterized in his composition, “The Old Fashioned Future.” His songs dangerously tight rope honky tonk, border town barrel house country blues, and at times unpredictable rock & roll with a southern swamp. As MoJo Nixon said, it’s “The Gun Club meets Memphis’ Tav Falco drunk.”


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