Stacy Sevelin grew to adulthood before she decided to pursue music. Now, considered a significant contributor to the music ecosystem and punk scene in Fort Collins, the middle school counselor by day compels anyone with a dream to pursue it without delay.
Sevelin, lead singer and songwriter of Senorita Sometimes, recorded part of her debut album, “Miss Sometimes,” at the Blasting Room Studios in Fort Collins with Shane Zwegardt as the producer/ mixing, and mastered by Jason Livermore (BR studios) and released in April 2018.
She says she experiences music perhaps differently than most people.
“As long as I can remember, music meant something very powerful to me,” she says. “I have a vivid memory of being 4 years old and listening to a Led Zeppelin song on the radio. I remember how it gave me goosebumps and how it brought out many different emotions. My body responded, and that was the first memory of the start of my musical obsession. I thought I was weird, since I noticed it didn’t affect my friends as it did me. It was like I had to know everything about the songs that inspired me — the band, their influences, where they were from, etc. Like I had to know their back story or something.”
Stacy always wanted to pursue music professionally. But the world had different plans for her. She was shy and timid, and it stood in the way of her performing. “My dad bought me several karaoke machines, and I would rock out when no one was home,” she says. “As soon as I heard a noise in the house, I pretended I was sleeping in my room as soon as somebody came in my door. I figured out how to fade the vocals of any song on CD with these machines, so it felt like I was singing to them. I pretended the cottage cheese-type looking ceiling in my room was the audience. I would often record myself. I’m not sure where these tapes ended up.”
In high school and college, she could not escape the innate desire to create music. She was writing songs, but she was still too shy to share. She went to school, worked and continued to consume music. “I would mosh and crowd surf at any opportunity,” she says. “I was broke because of my addiction to punk shows, rock shows, and indie shows. It was O.K. back then because I put hella butter on my ramen noodles and added frozen vegetables to make it extra fancy.” Her influencers were No Doubt, The Distillers, Hole, and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, which changed her life regarding taking music seriously.
“I wanted to rock like Gwen, Brody, Courtney, and Karen,” Stacy says. “And Bjork, and PJ Harvey, and Shirley Manson, and Stevie Nicks, and, the list goes on. I started playing with friends and had a few bands before I moved to Colorado and started Senorita Sometimes. No matter what I did (grad school, working, etc.), there was this pull on my heart to start performing for real.”
Stacy moved to Colorado and met Menyus Borocz (Wire Faces) and starting playing music. She showed him her songs on acoustic guitar, and he played his standup bass. She moved to northern California for a few years, and when she came back, Senorita Sometimes was in full effect. They added on Sean Speer (Stella Luce) on drums and had their very first show-FoCoMX7! Then they said Craig Powell on bass to sweetly complete the band last fall. Craig originally was going to play the No Doubt Halloween set, but they wanted to keep him permanently. “The dudes I play with are amazing musicians, and I am blessed and grateful they like the songs I write and want to play them with me,” Stacy says.
As a counselor, a musician, and someone who was too afraid to share her gift with the world, Stacy advises young girls and women who want to pursue music to just do it.
“If you have a dream in your heart, do it,” she says. “It doesn’t matter what people say or how they react. Make it happen; you’ll be glad you did. I’m glad I did. It’s been on my bucket list for years.”