Biog



Steve Balsamo is a singer-songwriter from Swansea, Wales. After years of learning the ropes in local rock bands, he 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 Steve released his debut album - All I Am - which reached the top 40 in the UK. He then went on to win Best Male Solo Artist at The Welsh Music Awards the same year.

Gentle 'persuasion' by the head of the label saw Steve return to the stage in the French phenomena Notre Dame De Paris, which was followed by 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, with Andy Collins, Rob Thompson and Dai Smith. The band's 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 at home and invited the band to tour Europe with him – twice! The Storys have also toured and played with the likes of Joe Cocker, Katie Melua, Celine Dion, Santana, Runrig, Daniel Lanois, Van Morrison and Tom Jones to name-drop but a few.

The Storys' songs have been featured in the US teen drama One Tree Hill and hit Brit-flick The Bank Job , in which the band also made a cameo appearance playing two of their own songs. They released their second album - Town Beyond The Trees - in the UK in 2008, again to great reviews. Although calling time on The Storys, the band released a third and final album called Luck in the summer of 2010. Do not buy replica handbags online.

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 Booth (Magenta), Margo Buchanan, Bluei, Nigel Hopkins, Andrew Griffiths and Sian Cothi. The musical influences were Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Bjork and Massive Attack.

Steve 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. An EP, Five Songs For Jen, is available for download - details in the Shop section of this website.

After meeting Jon Lord, founder, writer and ex-keyboard player with Deep Purple at The Sunflower Jam in 2007, Steve was asked if he would like to tour with him. A huge fan of Jon, his solo work and Purple, Steve feels very privileged to have worked with such a legend and genuinely nice man. Until Jon's recent death, he and Steve were writing and recording for an album project.

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

Recently he has been writing songs with beautiful, ethereal-voiced folk/country singer Rosalie Deighton and Julian Wilson of Grand Drive for a duet project originally titled Balsamo/Deighton and they have released a stunning new video and a new version of the Shawn Colvin song "I Don't Know Why", also available for download as a single. He has also been working with a Welsh classical crossover singer Annelies on an exciting new project.

Steve feels blessed to have had many adventures in music which have allowed him to sing on stage with the likes of Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward, Lara Fabian, Madeleine Peyroux, Glenn Hughes, Steve Harley, Lulu, a couple of Stones, a couple of Eagles, a couple of Floyds and some of the best players on the planet!

When he's not making music, Steve tries to be a good dad, paints, swims, reads, listens to Radio 4 and thinks too much...

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What They Say...


"A pure and beautiful voice"
- Robert Plant


"Steve has a classic voice - great range and true feeling. He is versatile and puts his heart and soul into every performance"
- Bob Harris


"If I could sing, I'd sing my songs exactly the way Steve sings them - he is to great singing what Madonna is to coffee table books"
- Jon Lord


"Balsamo has a truly spellbinding voice"
- Lisa Vericco, The Times


"Forget the Pop Idol and X Factor wannabes, Steve Balsamo is the real thing, a singer's singer who sweeps effortlessly through the octaves, hits just the note the song demands and opens the floodgates of emotion. Truly, this man is the son of God"
- Neil McCormick, The Telegraph


"Steve Balsamo is the British Don Henley: his huge, breathy, passionate voice sounding like it originated in California, not South Wales"
- Martin Townsend, Sunday Express


"Steve Balsamo's vocal is country rock perfection and full of feeling"
- shakenstir


"Not since the days of Pete Ham and Badfinger has Swansea seen the likes of such a brilliant singer/songwriter as Steve Balsamo"
- John Davies, South Wales Evening Post


"Steve Balsamo's performances were spine-tingling throughout"
- David Sinclair, The Times


"A couple of years of heavy gigging [have] given Steve Balsamo's fabulous voice more dark tones and more weight"
- Kate Lay, South Wales Evening Post




Bullshit Or Not...?


– Steve is not interested in football.


– Steve is very interested in cage fighting.


– Steve once sang "With a Little Help from My Friends" at a wedding, only to look out at the congregation and see Ringo Starr smiling back!


– Steve was born in Wales on 19 May 1971.


– Since childhood, Steve has harboured a desire to be a news anchorman (jazz flute anyone?).


– Steve once worked as a piano remover.


– Steve has a 3 and a half octave range voice.


– Steve is a second cousin to Dame Shirley Bassey.


– Steve once ran the Venice marathon.


– After winning a Variety Club Best Newcomer Award, Steve's appearance sold £160,000 worth of theatre tickets in half an hour!


– Steve is known to cry at "Mr Bojangles".


– Steve has an extra toe on his left foot.


– Steve had to go through 14 auditions before winning the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.


– Steve believes aliens walk amongst us and disclosure of their existence by world governments is imminent.


– Whilst at College, Steve used to do the washing up at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants.


– Steve believes everyone is a little bit psychic.


– Steve was invited to play at Windsor Castle in front of Prince Charles.


– Steve designed the logo for Childline Rocks.


– Steve's great great grandfather was a famous Italian chef who pioneered the use of balsamic vinegar in Italian cooking.


– Steve was once "The Milky Bar Kid".


– Steve has a small Welsh dragon tattoo on his right buttock!


– The Box music channel asked Steve to stop requesting his video of Sugar For The Soul!


– Steve once put words into Jennifer Aniston's mouth!


– Catherine Zeta Jones played Mary to Steve's Joseph in his infant school nativity play.


– Steve originally played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar when studying performing arts at Neath College.


– A teacher once told Steve he couldn't join the school choir because he couldn't sing!


– Steve believes comedian Bill Hicks told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...


– Steve was once a karate champion.


– Steve learnt to sing by doing Elvis impressions in the bath!


– One side of Steve's Italian family are very distant relatives to Luciano Pavarotti.


– As a child, Steve turned down the chance to study at the Royal Ballet School.


– Steve is a little bit obsessed with Rachel Weisz and is known to sing her name in his sleep - to the tune of Edelweiss!


– Steve is a little bit more obsessed with Mickey Rourke.


– Steve once ran for Parliament.


– Steve once played in George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic.


– As a child, Steve's nickname was "skinny woman".


– Steve's great great great great great grandfather was occultist and magician Cagliostro, who makes Harry Potter look like a little boy!


– Aerosmith's Steve Tyler added backing vocals to one of Steve's songs.




On Screen

DVD - Jon Lord Live (Bucharest - November 5, 2009)
jonlord.org
Released: 6 Sep 2009
DVD - Eric Woolfson's Poe: The World Premiere Performance
www.edgar-allan-poe-musical.com
Released: 6 Sep 2009
DVD - The Bank Job
Released: 30 Jun 2008
Cameo appearance with The Storys
DVD - Dear Mr Fantasy: Tribute To Jim Capaldi
Released: 18 Sep 2007
With The Storys
DVD - Shooting Shona
Released: 5 April 2007
Steve plays a character called Spencer
DVD - The Strat Pack - The 50th Anniversary of The Fender Stratocaster Live
Released: 2 May 2005
On backing vocals




On The Record



A full and detailed discography of The Storys is on their website.

Mario Frangoulis - Beautiful Things
www.mariofrangoulis.com
Released: 25 Nov 2011
Label: Sony Classical
Steve wrote Strong
Oystermouth - Five Songs For Jen EP
Released: Oct 2011
Label: Ghost Horse Records
Jon Lord - Live
jonlord.org
Released: Sep 2011
Label:
Steve Balsamo - Harmonic Healer
www.myspace.com/harmonichealer
Released: Aug 2011
Label: Ghost Horse Records
The Storys - Luck
www.thestorys.co.uk
Released: 7 Jun 2010
Label: Angel Air
The Storys - Town Beyond The Trees Special Edition
www.thestorys.co.uk
Released: 10 Aug 2009
Label: Angel Air
Eric Woolfson - Edgar Allan Poe
www.edgarallanpoemusical.com
Released: 31 Aug 2009
Label: Limelight
Childline Rocks 2009
www.childlinerocks.co.uk
Released: 1 Jun 2009
Label: Concert Live
Steve performs with Jon Lord
Patrick Jones - Tongues For A Stammering Time
www.patrick-jones.net
Released: 25 May 2009
Label: Anhrefn Records
Lead vocal on "Meat" and "When We Become Mountains" with Defiance of God
Mario Frangoulis - Mario & Friends 2... It Makes The World Go Round
www.mariofrangoulis.com
Released: 27 Apr 2009
Label: Sony Classical
Duet with Mario on Anthem and also sings Gethsemane
The Storys - Live EP - Part 1
www.thestorys.co.uk
Released: 26 Feb 2009
Label: Hall Recordings
I/O Earth - I/O Earth
www.ioearth.com
Released: 9 Jan 2009
Lead vocal on Come To Me and Take Me
Mario Frangoulis - Mario & Friends: What A Wonderful World
www.mariofrangoulisandfriends.com
Released: 8 Dec 2008
Label: Sony Music/BMG
Duet with Mario on You Raise Me Up and also with Mario and Madeleine Peyroux on What A Wonderful World
Brigyn - Brigyn3
www.brigyn.com
Released: 26 May 2008
Steve sings with Brigyn on Seren
The Storys - Town Beyond The Trees
www.thestorys.co.uk
Released: 31 Mar 2008
Label: Hall Recordings
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Spirit Of The Glen
www.scotsdg.co.uk
Released: 26 Nov 2007
Label: UCJ
Steve sings lead on Caledonia
Dear Mr Fantasy: Tribute To Jim Capaldi
Released: 20 Aug 2007
Label: Eagle
With The Storys
Tia McGraff - A Day In My Shoes
www.tiamcgraff.com
Released: 22 May 2007
Label: Busted Flat Records
Co-wrote and duet with Tia on Second Chance
Anthony Callea - A New Chapter
www.anthonycallea.com
Released: 27 Nov 2006
Label: Sony
Co-wrote Now You're Gone
Chimpan A - Chimpan A
www.myspace.com/chimpana
Released: 1 Oct 2006
Label: F2 Music
Margo Buchanan - I Should've Done This Years Ago
www.margobuchanan.com
Released: 15 May 2006
Label: Bahookie Records
Backing vocals
The Storys - The Storys
www.thestorys.co.uk
Released: 27 Mar 2006
Label: Korova Records
The Storys - The Storys
www.thestorys.co.uk
Released: 3 Oct 2005
Label: Hall Recordings
Rachel Mari Kimber - Life Changes Everything Changes Life
www.rachelmarikimber.com
Released: 18 Jul 2005
Label: V2
Duet with Rachel on Love Song
Jonatan Cerrada - La Preuve Du Contraire
www.jonatancerrada.com
Released: 27 Jul 2005
Label: BMG France
Co-wrote J'Apprends and L'Innocence
Anthony Callea - Anthony Callea
www.anthonycallea.com
Released: 28 Mar 2005
Label: Sony BMG
Co-wrote Per Sempre (For Always)
Jonatan Cerrada - Siempre 23
www.jonatancerrada.com
Released: 27 Apr 2004
Label: BMG France
Co-wrote A Chaque Pas
Jonatan Cerrada - A Chaque Pas Single
www.jonatancerrada.com
Released: 29 Mar 2004
Label: BMG France
Co-wrote A Chaque Pas
Meat Loaf - Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself
www.meatloaf.net
Released: 21 Apr 2003
Label: Mercury
Co-wrote Because Of You
Steve Balsamo - All I Am
Released: 9 Sep 2002
Label: Columbia Catalogue No: 5046292
Steve Balsamo - All I Am 5 Track Promo Album Sampler
Released: 2002
Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: XPCD1394
Steve Balsamo - All I Am Is You Single
Released: 2 Sep 2002
Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: 6730942
Steve Balsamo - All I Am Is You 1 Track Promo
Released: 2002
Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: XPCD2715
Steve Balsamo - All I Am Is You - The Balsamo Project Vinyl 12"
Released: 2002
Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: XPR3585
Steve Balsamo - Sugar For The Soul - The Balsamo Project Vinyl 12"
Released: 2002
Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: XPR3525
Steve Balsamo - Sugar For The Soul Single
Released: 4 Mar 2002
Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: 6718552
Steve Balsamo - Sugar For The Soul 1 Track Promo
Released: 2002
Label: Columbia
Catalogue No: XPCD1393