Former Magazine Publisher Now Playing at Starbucks

Kids, it’s never too late to pursue that dream of performing arts stardom.

Consider the case of Raspin Stuwart (not a typo). After 29 years of work as the publisher of Boulevard magazine, he decided to switch over to folk singing. Hollywood Patch caught up with his story at a recent edition of Indie Thursdays, a weekly open-mic night at the Renaissance Hotel staged by the organization Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA):

Stuwart started at the bottom, playing coffee houses and open-mic nights. Now he’s a featured Starbucks artist and has had songs from his album, “We Do What We Do,” played on the radio.

“I started a year and a half ago, and it’s like every door opened up,” Stuwart said. “I love to do what I do, as you can probably see. I’m very spiritual, so the little voice said to me one day, ‘Go do your music, and I’ll open up every door.’ ”

On his website, Stuwart thanks all those who have sent emails to him… from a Starbucks. Appropriately, his next gig is at Altadena’s The Coffee Gallery this Saturday, May 14th.