Exclusive Audio: Sufjan Stevens

December 14, 2006 5:00 PM ET

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens has promised to write an album about each of the fifty states. The quietly prolific indie darling is four percent done, having released Greetings From Michigan and Illinois. Despite the long journey ahead, he took some time away from his ambitious project to talk to Austin Scaggs about how Arthur Lee influenced his songwriting, the strange things you hear when you hang out in deserted churches at night, and why, despite his strong Christian ties, Christmas is just like any other day for him.

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