Narrative songwriter Sufjan Stevens grieves with new album, heals with live audiences

Sufjan Stevens will perform Monday at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

Sufjan Stevens, the indie singer-songwriter who’s best known for his powerfully emotional folk tunes, is making a rare stop in North Charleston on Monday.

The artist is on a global tour promoting his latest record, “Carrie and Lowell,” released in March. The album, named after his mother and stepfather, followed the death of his mother, who suffered from mental illnesses and reportedly didn’t have much of a relationship with Stevens for most of his life, according to The Buffalo News.

Thus, the album is gripping but often devastatingly sad, the type that can only erupt from the complexities of loss and grief. Still, for many fans, “Carrie and Lowell” has marked a welcomed return to his straightforward, narrative style of songwriting after several exploratory projects through different genres, from electronica to holiday music. If all the glowing reviews from recent concerts are an indication, the audience at his local show can expect to be confronted with deep sadness, dazzled by an elaborate light show, and stunned by the immense healing power of honest music.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $39

More info: www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com

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