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Birth nameStephen Wrabel
Born (1989-01-07) January 7, 1989 (age 29)
New York, United States
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • acoustic guitar
Years active2012–present
Associated acts

Stephen Wrabel (born January 7, 1989), better known by his stage name Wrabel, is an American musician, singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles.

Life & Career[edit]

Wrabel attended high school at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. After high school, he studied at the Berklee College of Music for a semester until he left Boston to move to LA and focus on songwriting.[1] He got his first big break when he was signed to Pulse Recording as a songwriter.[2]

In 2010, Wrabel recorded the theme song for the NBC game show Minute to Win It, "Get Up", produced by Eve Nelson.

Wrabel was signed to Island Def Jam in 2012 by Island Def Jam Music Group chairman and CEO Barry Weiss and Executive Vice President/Head of A&R Karen Kwak.[3]

In 2014, Dutch DJ Afrojack released a version of Wrabel's song "Ten Feet Tall", resulting in an international hit. The song premiered in the United States during Super Bowl XLVIII in a Bud Light commercial and was viewed by around 100 million viewers.[4] Wrabel later released the original piano-based version of the song on May 19, 2014.[5] BuzzFeed named the Afrojack version of "Ten Feet Tall" one of the "35 Best Pop Songs You May Have Missed This Summer".[6]

On June 24, 2016, Wrabel released his single "11 Blocks", which was heavily supported and promoted by Kesha.[7] He also released both a lyric video and a music video for the song. He released his second single, titled "Bloodstain", on March 10, 2017.[8] A lyric video for the song was released the same day. In May 2017, he released an EP titled We Could Be Beautiful.[9] In July 2017, he released a song titled The Village[10], the song dedicated to show support for transgender people. The video shows a young trans boy living with his closed-minded family while the lyrics explain the difficulties in being transgender and a part of the LGBT+ community. The video ends with "#trans_rights_are_human_rights". In the video, Wrabel's political opinion is clearly shown, with the narrow-minded family supporting Donald Trump. The song was written in February 2017 after the removal of federal protections for trans students in public schools, and was quickly released after Trump tweeted about banning transgender individuals from the military.[11]


The Huffington Post named Wrabel an artist you need to know in 2014.[12]

Nylon says Wrabel's debut EP Sideways is "stocked with the soulfulness of a Sia or Sam Smith, and a melodic pop DNA that throws back to icons like Paul Simon, the title track twists heartbreak into something, well, beautiful."[13]

BuzzFeed named "I Want You" one of "The Most Criminally Underrated Pop Songs of 2015".[14]

MNDR released a remix of Wrabel's "I Want You" on October 21, 2015, which premiered on Noisey.[15]

His songwriting credits include releases by Ellie Goulding,[16] Will Young,[17] Prince Royce,[18] Phillip Phillips,[19] Adam Lambert,[17] Pentatonix,[20] Katharine McPhee,[21] Lea Michele, and more.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2016, the song "Sideways" appeared in the season one finale of Quantico during the graduation celebration.
  • In 2017, the song "We Could Be Beautiful" appeared on the reboot of Dynasty in episode 1x15 'Our Turn', during the wedding preparation scene.

Personal life[edit]

Wrabel is gay.[22] His song "11 Blocks" is autobiographical describing his feelings about his first love who had moved 11 blocks away from him in California.[23] In his song "Bloodstain", directed by Isaac Rentz, the video displays suffering and heartache in a relationship, while the star Wrabel is fighting for his life.[24]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Peak positions
Sideways 2014
We Could Be Beautiful[9] 2017


Title Year Peak positions Album
"I Want You" 2015 Non-album single
"11 Blocks" 2016 [A] We Could Be Beautiful[9]
"Bloodstain" 2017
"It's You" 2017 Non-album single
"The Village" 2017 Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Album


"Ten Feet Tall"
(Afrojack featuring Wrabel)
2014 100 22 57 57 29 182 53 9 20 Forget the World
(Marshmello featuring Wrabel)
2016 11 Non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"With You" 2017 Kygo Kids in Love
"Written In The Scars" 2017 Galantis The Aviary

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Written with
“Shine” 2011 Stan Walker Let the Music Play Jon Asher, Drew Pearson
“Nirvana” 2012 Adam Lambert Trespassing Oligee, Josh Abraham, Adam Lambert
“So Easy” Phillip Phillips The World from the Side of the Moon Pete Amato, Pete Salis
"Kiss Kiss" 2013 Prince Royce Soy el Mismo Fernando Garibay, Dougy Mandagi, Amanda Warner
”Crazy Ass B*tch” 2015 Rozzi Crane Space Crane, Kendrick Lamar, Adam Levine, Ali Tamposi, James Valentine
"Blue" Will Young 85% Proof Jim Eliot, Dan McDougall
“Break” Katharine McPhee Hysteria McPhee, Pearson
“Rose Gold” Pentatonix Pentatonix Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Pearson
“Devotion” Ellie Goulding Delirium Goulding, Ali Payami, Klas Åhlund
“In Our Bones” 2016 Against The Current In Our Bones Tommy English, Tamposi, Chrissy Costanza, Will Ferri, Dan Gow
“Cold” Citizen Four Cold Pearson, Makeba Riddick
“Everybody Knows” Idina Menzel idina. Greg Wells
“Tough” Goldroom West of the West Josh Legg, MoZella, Nico Stadi
"You Know It's About You" 2017 Magical Thinker Leap! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Christopher Braide
“Crave” Dia Frampton Bruises Frampton, Stadi
“Hey You” Lea Michele Places Michele, Tamposi, Nick van de Wall
“Run to You” Michele, Tamposi
“Surround Me" Leon Surround Me Jon Mills, Kurtis McKenzie, Léon
“True Feeling” Galantis The Aviary Candy Shields, Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback, Jimmy Koitsch, Linus Eklow
“Written in the Scars”
“Woman“ Kesha Rainbow Pearson, Kesha Sebert
“With You” Kygo Kids in Love Pearson, Erik Hassle, Kygo
“Better Not" 2018 Louis The Child Robby Hauldren, Frederic Kennett, Rogét Chahayed, Wafia
“LY4L” Katelyn Tarver Tarver
“Water” Bishop Briggs Church of Scars John Hill, Sean Douglas, Briggs
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” Backstreet Boys Jamie Hartman, Stuart Crichton
“Healing Hands” Conrad Sewell Ghosts & Heartaches Sewell
“Still Good” DNCE People to People Eric Leva, Crichton & Robin Hannibal
“I'm Good” Wafia Wafia


  1. ^ "11 Blocks" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[25]


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  3. ^ "Singer-songwriter and musician Wrabel returns with 'I Want You': Pressparty". Pressparty. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  4. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII most-watched TV program in U.S. history". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  5. ^ "Ten Feet Tall - Single by Wrabel on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  6. ^ "35 Best Pop Songs You May Have Missed This Summer". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  7. ^ "Instagram video by Kesha • Jun 23, 2016 at 3:51am UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  8. ^ "Bloodstain - Single by Wrabel on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  9. ^ a b c https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/we-could-be-beautiful-ep/id1234389082
  10. ^ WrabelVEVO (2017-07-31), Wrabel - The Village, retrieved 2017-10-11
  11. ^ Cirisano, Tatiana (August 1, 2017). "Wrabel's 'The Village' Video Depicts a Trans Teen's Struggle". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "18 Artists You Need To Know Now That We're Halfway Through 2014". The Huffington Post. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  13. ^ "song premiere: wrabel". NYLON. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  14. ^ "Community Post: The 30 Most Criminally Underrated Pop Songs Of 2015". BuzzFeed Community. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  15. ^ "MNDR Remixes Wrabel's "I Want You" and the Results Rule | NOISEY". NOISEY. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  16. ^ "Ellie Goulding Evokes 'Delirium' With New Album, 'On My Mind' Single". Popdust. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  17. ^ a b "Emerging Artist: Wrabel - EQ Music Blog". EQ Music Blog. 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  18. ^ "Soy el Mismo (Prince Royce album)". Wikipedia. 2016-11-06.
  19. ^ "American Idol Winner Phillip Phillips Reveals Track Samples". American Idol Net. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  20. ^ "Pentatonix (album)". Wikipedia. 2017-01-23.
  21. ^ "Exclusive Interview - Wrabel - An Artist on the Rise | Twisted Male Mag". twistedmalemag.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  22. ^ "OUT Presents Soundcheck with Gay Artist Wrabel". OUT magazine. February 19, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  23. ^ Adam Salandra (September 21, 2016). "Queer Singer Wrabel Moves Us With "11 Blocks"". Logo NewNowNext. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  24. ^ Lewis Corner (April 10, 2017). "Wrabel sings of same-sex love in dramatic new music video". Gay Times (UK). Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  25. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles – Wrabel". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
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  31. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/31903/afrojack-ft-wrabel/

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