Stephen Roper was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Houston, Texas, where he started his early education. From a brief stay in the American education system, Stephen ended up in Reading, South England, where he has spent the majority of his adult life.
After taking art and design at Reading College, he enrolled at West Herts College, Watford to study music. He went on to teach guitar in schools and at students' homes around the south of England.
Shortly after Stephen started teaching he began to perform at various venues throughout the country in a variety of cover bands. Since then he has co-founded the covers duo Zipper Tongue, with fellow guitarist Nick Andrew.
From the covers duo 'Zipper Tongue', Stephen and his duo partner Nick Andrew decided to set up an original rock band also named 'Zipper Tongue'.
They started to write rock music together and created their first demo track 'Wrong', this was received with great enthusiasm by all who sampled it. They started to complile songs for a new original music demo and went on to perform their first original gig. From this gig they received an invitation for their first 'Zipper Tongue' radio interview, on Reading's local radio station 'Reading 4 U', where they showcased their recordings.
Zipper Tongue completed their debut album 'Above All Noise' in October 2013. The songs on the album were written and developed over the course of around two years, from rough demos to the finely chiselled album worthy material, available for purchase today.
Amongst the tracks on the album is Zipper Tongue's unique arrangement of the well known cover 'Something Got me Started'.
The album has been available for download and cd purchase since the 1st January 2014 from various sites, such as CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon, or is available direct from the website www.zippertongue.com.
Zipper Tongue duo performed their first gig in 2009 to raise money for the charity 'Child Reach' for which Stephen climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Shortly after their first performance together the duo recorded their first demo of classic to modern day covers. By 2010 they were playing regularly on the pub circuit.
Stephen continues to perform with bands and duos, and as a solo artist.