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    Steve Balsamo

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    Genre:Musical, Indie, Pop, Rock
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Come What May lyrics
    2Theme from chimpan A Part 1 lyrics
    3All I Am is You lyrics
    Immortal lyrics
    Eric Woolfson feat. Steve Balsamo
    Somewhere in the Audience lyrics
    Eric Woolfson feat. Steve Balsamo
    6I Came to Say... lyrics
    7Future Love Games lyrics
    8Reverie / State of Grace lyrics
    9Next Time I See Her lyrics
    10Torn Apart lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    chimpan A [2006]
    2All I Am Is You (Single) [2001]
    3Well Of Souls - Single [2009]
    4All I Am is You [2001]


    Steve Balsamo was born in Wales on 19 May 1971. His father, a chef from Venice, his mother Welsh. At school Steve was evicted from the choir, being told he could not sing. He channelled his creative leanings into art and attended art school to specialise in painting. At the age of 17 Steve once again started singing and songwriting again, forming several bands that toured pubs and clubs doing renditions of classic rock songs.

    He had jobs that included a stint as a piano remover and working at Port Talbot steelworks - inbetween bouts on the dole - taken to support himself whilst gigging, Steve secured a place at Bristol University to study Graphic Art. He turned it down to accept a place at a local music college, where he fatefully played the role of Jesus in a production of "Superstar". In the meantime, Steve picked up a guitar, taught himself to play and continued to write songs.

    Steve Balsamo shot to prominence in 1997 after playing Jesus to great critical acclaim in the West End revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar". After winning a Variety Club Award for the role, Steve decided to return to his first love, writing and performing his own music, and signed to Columbia Records soon after. In 2002 he released his debut album "All I Am" which reached the top 40 in the UK.

    Steve returned to the stage in the French phenomena "Notre Dame De Paris", and "Poe – More Tales Of Mystery and Imagination", a new musical by Alan Parsons Project writer Eric Woolfson. Based on the life and work of Edgar Alan Poe, the show had it's world premiere at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 2003, and features the powerful song "Immortal".

    In 2004, Steve formed The Storys, a West Coast influenced harmony country-rock band. Their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album, released in 2006, came to the attention of Elton John who, after publicly declaring it "Fantastic!", personally called Steve and invited the band to tour Europe with him – twice! The band have also toured and played with the likes of Joe Cocker, Katie Melua, Celine Dion, Santana, Runrig, Sinead O'Connor, Daniel Lanois, Van Morrison and Tom Jones to name-drop but a few.

    Their songs have been featured in the US teen drama "One Tree Hill", and hit Brit-flick "The Bank Job", in which they make a cameo appearance playing two of their own songs. The Storys released their second album "Town Beyond The Trees" in the UK in 2008, again to great reviews.

    As a side project, Steve also formed a progressive experimental rock project with Rob Reed (Magenta) and Rob Thompson (The Storys) called ChimpanA. The resulting CD also featured Sam Brown, Tony Dallas, Christina Boothe (Magenta), Margo Buchanan, Bluei, Nigel Hopkins, Andrew Griffiths and Sian Cothie. The musical influences were Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Bjork and Massive Attack!

    He has also formed a trio, Oystermouth, with Rob Thompson and Andy Collins of The Storys, creating a sound that is a modern twist along the lines of Simon & Garfunkel in the those hazy, folky, seminal days of the late 60s/early 70s.

    Aside from this, Steve is a prolific songwriter, having scored hits in Europe and Australia, with artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Anthony Callea, Jonathon Cerrada and Slash of Guns N' Roses fame.

    After meeting Jon Lord, founder, writer and ex-keyboard player with Deep Purple at The Sunflower Jam in 2007, Steve was asked if he'd like to tour with him. A huge fan of Jon, Purple and his solo work, Steve feels very privileged to sing for such a legend and genuinelly nice man.

    Steve has also sung on stage with the likes of Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward, Lara Fabian, Madeleine Peyroux, Glenn Hughes, Steve Harley, Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Lulu, a couple of Stones, a couple of Eagles, a couple of Floyds and some of the best players on the planet!

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