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"McKellar reaches heights that most vocalists can only dream of."   

- Consequence of Sound


"...a breath of fresh air in the alternative and indie rock scene.

 - Audio Inferno

"ETHIO...An arresting sonic soliloquy to society"

- Texxandthecity

"...a man with a real talent for writing...with a divine voice.

- Velvet Underground

Steven Dayvid McKellar is a South African born musician, songwriter and painter. 


At twenty-one, McKellar moved to the U.S. to pursue his music career as lead singer and multi instrumentalist for the band Civil Twilight.  They released three records (a self titled, Holy Weather, and Story of an Immigrant) with numerous songs featured in television shows and films including Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Arrow, and many more. After extensive touring at major festivals from Bonnaroo to Rockin' the Daisies in Cape Town, the band has gone on an indefinite hiatus allowing McKellar to focus on his career as a solo musician and artist. 


McKellar’s debut solo release on Sonic Ritual Records, “ETHIO," is a collection of songs exploring eight unique characters, tied together by a mutual frustration, alienation and desire, within a modern world. The result is a singular work, one that, both musically and lyrically, captures the essential confusion of our times.  McKellar's second release with the label, "NAMA" was released in 2022 and includes the dramatic video of "One and Zero." Velvet Thunder calls the LP, " eclectic and ethereal indie rock that simply takes your breath away."


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