Stevie Soul Ansara

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Stevie Soul Ansara
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Steven Ansara

(1987-09-23) September 23, 1987 (age 36)
Detroit, MI
Other namesStevie Soul
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Beatboxer
  • Multimedia Producer
Years active2005- present
Known forBeatboxing

Steven Ansara (born 23 September 1987) also known as Stevie Soul is an American artist, beatboxer, and multimedia producer. Soul is known for his ability to perform the sounds of numerous musical instruments in perfect harmony with this mouth. He’s achieved national acclaim for his appearance in H&R Block’s “Never Settle Campaign”. Soul is best known for beatboxing and through stage and video performances. He has performed with and opened up for several associated acts like George Watsky, Whitney Cummings, Cody Simpson, Jeff Bass & Kevin O'leary from Shark Tank, and other musicians.[1][2]

Soul has been frequently praised by media outlets for his eclectic musical performances across the country. In his childhood, he was suffering from stuttering, which inspired him to beatbox and subsequently helped him cope with his stutter. Soul has gained international press attention for his work in the music industry and is often recognized for popularizing the concept of beatboxing. Soul has also taken on some highly innovative audio/visual projects over the years. In 2016, he completed “Year of Beatbox” where he created and uploaded a new beatbox video to Instagram every single day.[3][4][5]

Early life

Soul was born to Jordanian parents and grew up in Redford, Michigan. He grew up with a severe stutter. When he would try to say words, funny sounds would come out of his mouth. He would always get caught up on the first letter and could never push the full word out.[6][7]

Eventually, he took these funny sounds and turned them into beats and patterns, which helped him understand sentence structure. Once he found his internal rhythm, he realized that he had true talent within his struggle — beatboxing.[8][9]

Right from his childhood, he was influenced by Bobby McFerrin, Rahzel and The Roots, who helped him find his sound and rhythm as a beatboxer. He became obsessed with mimicking instruments and mastered his internal clock. Soon, he was recognized for his ability to beatbox and sing and had performed in several school functions and talent shows which gave him the early popularity and inspired him to become a professional beatboxer and artist.[10][11][12]


Soul began his independent music artistry in 2005 and then started collaborating on film and video projects during his college days at IADT Detroit.[13][14]

In 2008, Soul traveled to Amman, Jordan for a month of performances and press. Performing with local musicians at festivals, markets, and clubs including Wadi Rum and Petra. That same year, he began working with the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit as a Creative Producer and Teaching Artist for their Y-Arts department. In 2009, he began working with the College for Creative Studies as a Teaching Artist with their Community Arts Partnerships program.[15][16]

In 2012, he began working with the Quicken Loans Family of companies. Starting to work on creative production with Bizdom and RaptFM. Then in 2013, he began working with Rock Ventures LLC as a digital media producer which serves and connects Quicken Loans Founder and Cleveland Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of more than 100 companies. From there in 2017, he helped startup Woodward Original a full-service creative video company in downtown Detroit where he works as a producer working on commercials, mini-documentaries, short-form web content, and motion graphics videos.[17][18]

Over the years, in addition to hundreds of live performances and collaborations. He has worked with CBS Corporation as a Contributing Writer, WDIV Local 4 News/ClickOnDetroit where he had a Street Photography Blog titled PPL Watching. In 2019 he became the BravoBRAVO! Entertainment Producer for the Michigan Opera Theatre.[19][20]

He volunteers with Merit/Fate Goodness as a Student Mentor, Detroit Youth Volume as a producing volunteer, FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation and the National Stuttering Association.[21][22]

In 2020, He has created a project to collate the skills he learned throughout his career. He created a series of videos inspired by the sounds of everyday life. The series combines the sights and sounds of his collaborators’ trades with Soul’s beats and videography in iconic Detroit settings.[23][24][25][26]


Won best television commercial CBS Detroit Proud "BeatBoxer" 2015 from Michigan Association of Broadcasters.[27][28][29]

In the media



  1. Winn, Ashley (2020-04-23). "Beatboxer Stevie Soul Finds Music in the Rhythms of Everyday Life". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  2. Porter, Christopher (2020-04-03). "Vinyl Revival: How Detroit Became a Hub for the Industry's Comeback". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  3. Contributor, SEEN. "Feeling the Flow with Detroit Beatboxer Stevie Soul". SEEN Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. Varanasi, Lakshmi (2020-01-09). "Houseplant Sales Boom As Millennials Embrace Nurturing Nature". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  5. Chowdhry, Amit. "Detroit Based Launches In Public Beta". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  6. "A Childhood Struggle Overcome Through Beatboxing". Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  7. Kyriazis, Stefan (2019-07-07). "Stevie Wonder BST Hyde Park review: Kidney transplant news overshadows disappointing show". Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  8. White, Spencer (2016-11-30). "Watch 'Mr. Wonderful' Kevin O'Leary Jam With A Detroit Beatboxer". Benzinga. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  9. Hodges, Michael H. "BravoBRAVO! celebrates its 20th at Detroit Opera House". Detroit News. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  10. Haddad, Ken (2019-02-18). "Owner of Silvio's Pizzeria, Italian art museum in Redford Township dies at 80". WDIV. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  11. "With stylish BravoBravo!, Michigan Opera Theatre turns its eye toward millennials". Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  12. "Film Listings, 11/1/18 – 11/8/18". New Times San Luis Obispo. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  13. "Brandon Ratcliff 'Uncovers' Stevie Wonder's 'Living For the City'". Sounds Like Nashville. 2020-04-10. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  14. DeVito, Lee. "BravoBRAVO! gala celebrates 20th anniversary and Detroit culture with annual fundraiser". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  15. Walters, Jamie Kaye (2019-12-13). "We're Jingling, Baby". WDIV. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  16. White, Spencer (2016-11-30). "Watch 'Mr. Wonderful' Kevin O'Leary Jam With A Detroit Beatboxer". Benzinga. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  17. Haimerl, Amy (2019-12-17). "Winter Reading Pick: "Children of Virtue and Vengeance"". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  18. [email protected], Kathy Blake. "Southeast Michigan entertainment June 7-13". The Oakland Press. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  19. Haddad, Ken (2016-04-12). "Detroit artist overcomes speaking disability through beatboxing". WDIV. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  20. "12 songs you need for a perfect Michigan summer". mlive. 2017-07-16. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  21. Varanasi, Lakshmi (2019-10-14). "Como's Interior Pays Homage to the Old-School Charm of Its Space". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  22. Waraniak, Jeff (2017-03-01). "Hamtramck's Planet Ant Theatre Expands". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  23. Alverson, Chloe (2020-01-31). "The Lumineers, Riverdance, and 30 More Things to Do in Metro Detroit". Hour Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  24. Crawford, Greg. "The weekend: Big Bounce in Fraser, Motor City Pride, Art of Fire in Royal Oak". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  25. Harlow, Elizabeth (2018-10-15). "Madam Secretary Season 5 Episode 2 Review: The Chaos Game". TV Fanatic. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  26. "Detroit quiere detener a Shepard Fairey, el artista que convirtió a Obama en icono pop". El Confidencial (in español). 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  27. "America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van only on WDIV-TV Local 4 - Thursday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m." WDIV. 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  28. "America's Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van only on WDIV-TV Local 4 - Thursday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m." WDIV. 2014-11-27. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  29. Crawford, Greg. "Best of the best: 5 fun things to do Aug. 4-7". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2020-05-19.

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