Steve Balsamo is a singer and songwriter from Swansea, Wales in the UK.
After years of learning the ropes in local rock bands, Steve 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.
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. Their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album was released in 2006 and 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 performed with international artists including Joe Cocker, Katie Melua, Celine Dion, Santana, Runrig, Sinead O’Connor, 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 Storys make 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 band, The Storys have decided to release a third and final (for now) album in the summer of 2010.
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 album also featured Sam Brown, Tony Dallas, Christina Boothe (Magenta), Margo Buchanan, Bluei, Nigel Hopkins, Andrew Griffiths and Sian Cothie and reflected their diverse musical influences across Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Bjork and Massive Attack!
After meeting Jon Lord (the founder, writer and 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’s solo work and of course Deep Purple, Steve feels very privileged to sing for such a legend and genuinely nice man and they are currently writing songs for a forthcoming album project involving members of their touring band.
Beside all 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’ Rose. Most recently he has been writing with the beautiful etheral-voiced folk & country singer Rosalie Deighton and Julian Wilson of Grand Drive and has finally started started recording his first personal project in ten years, Balsamo Deighton.
Steve feels blessed to have had so many adventures in music which have allowed him to sing on stage with a range of truly great vocalists including Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Mario Frangoulis, Lara Fabian, Madeleine Peyroux, Steve Harley, a couple of Stones, a couple of Eagles, a couple of Floyds and some of the best players on the planet!
He is currently working on a musical & theatrical project called ‘Guinevere & The Angel”, has written a number of songs on the debut album by emerging artist Helena Jesele and songs with highly rated rock band St. Jude for release next year.