In 1984 he released the Righteous Anger LP, a more straightforward pop/rock album, which included his one top 40 hit, "Modern Day Delilah," (#22). The album reached #54 and a second single, "What the Big Girls Do" nearly broke the top 40 at #45. Unfortunately, Stephenson's next album, 1986's Suspicious Heart, did not chart.
As his solo career waned, Stephenson continued his songwriting (often for the country group Restless Heart) before forming the country act Blackhawk with Henry Paul and Dave Robbins in 1992. Blackhawk would go on to have significant success, with four top 25 Country records and 14 top 40 Country singles.
Tragically, Stephenson was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 and passed away in 2001 from the disease. He was 47.