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After many months of raising money, writing songs and recording in the studio, Sunderland resident Steven Plater released his debut extended play album on iTunes, and everywhere else music is sold, on Feb. 28.

The EP, titled “The Crowned One — Still Standing,” is an R&B/soul/pop project, and with it, Plater hopes to send a message of empowerment and encouragement to his listeners: Dreams do come true when people persevere through life obstacles and never give up, a press release states.

Plater, the great-grandson of the late George “Broome” Harrod, one of Calvert County’s pioneers, was born and raised in Sunderland, the release states. As a child, his musical gift was recognized and nurtured. His first solo was “Follow the Drinking Gourd” at Sunderland Elementary School. He won “Outstanding Vocalist” at the King’s Dominion Music in the Parks Competition as an eighth-grader at Windy Hill Middle School. During his high school years, he was an active member of the music department at Northern High School, performing in the spring musicals as well as the All-County Honors Chorus, Tri-County Honors Chorus and Maryland Senior All-State Honor Chorus. Plater was frequently called upon to sing solos at various events throughout the county, such as The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, one of his favorite events.

Upon graduation from Northern High School, Plater attended Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where he obtained a bachelor’s and master’s in music education (voice), the release states. While at HU, Plater thrilled audiences with his interpretations of characters such as the Scarecrow in “The Wiz,” Teen Angel and Johnny Casino in “Grease” and A-rab in “West Side Story.” He also performed with the Virginia Opera for two years while attending Hampton. He moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue his musical dreams. He continued to perform in Off-Broadway productions, was a featured singer for Royal Caribbean International and is a current member of The Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Throughout his life, Plater was often asked when he was going to record an album, the release states. This certainly was a dream of his; however, he never had the financial means to do so. He was encouraged by friends to raise money for the project, and did so through in 2013.