Tuesday, December 23, 2014

lovely version of In The Bleak Bleak Midwinter

We've recorded a lovely version of In The Bleak Bleak Midwinter to say thank you to all our Pledgers. If ya wanna Pledge or indeed get the song, join us here please...thank you!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Story is unfolding for musical double act Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton


By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 10, 2014
AFTER a career which has involved touring the world with the likes of Elton John, Santana, Joe Cocker and Celine Dion, you might be forgiven for taking your foot off the pedal.
But when Steve Balsamo and his fellow members of The Storys decided to call it a day, it meant other opportunities arose.
After all, you don't get through a career which started on the West End stage as Jesus Christ Superstar, no less, without a modicum of talent, or without making a few contacts along the way.
And despite spending a lot of that time living out of a suitcase, Steve is still calling on the help of friends from back home as he embarks on his latest project — which he also hopes will be able to help a Swansea-based charity.
After first meeting fellow musician Rosalie Deighton in a London recording studio 10 years ago, the pair, who bonded over a love of 1970s singer- songwriters, country music and cake, are now finishing their debut album, and are employing a new method of interacting with fans, which also allows them to fund the work.
Father-of-two Steve said: "Having started the album with John Reynolds, who has worked with Sinead O'Connor and U2, we've been finishing it with Tim Hamill at Sonic One Studios in Llanelli where we recorded The Storys' third album, Luck.
"Tim is an old friend, consummate musician and as good a producer as anyone I've met over the years.
"It's great to have recorded our debut Balsamo Deighton album with him on board, and mostly in Wales. We've also been writing songs with Andy Collins, who was also in The Storys.
"Our album will be called Unfolding, after one of my favourite songs we've written for the project.
"Initially we plan to release the album on our own label Ghost Horse Records, hence the pledge music campaign, but are also in talks with bigger record labels to release the album in other countries, so we're keeping our fingers crossed!"
Pledge is a new way for fans of an artist to interact and get special exclusive items.
As well as pledging contributions for the album upfront, ahead of its release next spring, fans can get special house performances, limited edition artwork, special T-shirts and other merchandise — Rosalie's father will even make a personalised handmade guitar.
Steve said: "It's a long process, from writing, recording, gigging, presenting our music to radio for consideration but both Rosalie and I love it.
"We've both been making music in various guises for 20 years now and never before has there been so much opportunity to take matters into the artists own hands.
"It's a very exciting time to be involved in music and new ways to get your music released, such as synched in TV shows and film, mean that artist don't really need the old model of record companies. In fact the most record labels are incorporating these new revenue streams into their new deal structures."
Once the project has reached their pledge goal, the pair, who are both patrons of Harry's Fund, plan to donate a proportion to the charity.
It was set-up in memory of Swansea Valley youngster Harry Patterson, who was just five when he died following a freak accident outside his family home in Alltwen, after being struck by his parents' car as it rolled down their driveway.
It is not the first time the pair have helped the charity, of which they are patrons.
Last year the pair recorded a version of the Jackson Browne song, Sky Blue And Black, which had its first public airing at Pontardawe Arts Centre for a fundraiser for the charity, which aims to help other families who have been through similar, tragic experiences.
It also financed the creation of a park for children in the village of Alltwen, Harry's Park, which opened one year ago today.
Steve said: "I've known Harry's parents Michelle and Christian for many years, and I admire the way they've come through what they have.
"The song released helped in its own little way to fund the beautiful park in Alltwen, and ten per cent of the money raised from our pledge campaign will go to Harry's Fund."
To find out more about the Balsamo/Deighton pledge campaign, visit: www.pledgemusic.com/ projects/balsamodeighton Or for more information about the pair's music, visit: www.balsamodeighton.com
Nino Williams / nino.williams@swwmedia.co.uk

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Balsamo/Deighton - 'Unfolding' | UNDER THE APPLE TREE (at Grass Roots Music UK)

Balsamo/Deighton are the first act to join us for a special Under The Apple Tree session on the sofa at the Grass Roots Music UK showcase. Here they are performing 'Unfolding' live in the Basement Bar of The Albany pub!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Balsamo-Deighton new album live on Pledge music

Hey friends, we just went live on Pledge Music! Check it out - pledge for some great things and there will be lots more goodies to come and teasers and snippets and all sorts. We're so excited! Please share away and spread the love.


Hello and welcome everyone, Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton here!
We are so excited to be collaborating with PledgeMusic to bring you our beautiful debut album, which we’re very proud of. Over the last few years, we’ve been been working diligently, crafting and creating the best songs we possibly can, and now is a chance for you to get involved and be a part of our campaign.
This will not merely involve pre-ordering the album on CD and vinyl, but also includes paranormal activity and cakes! On top of this, we’ve created some really individual items and experiences for you – come and spend some time with us in the studio, own a guitar we played on the album or even the opportunity to write and record a song with us. Read on below to browse the selection of goodies we’ve exclusively created for you.
We’re planning on releasing the music to you by early May 2015 and would be thrilled to have your involvement. During the course of the campaign we’ll be posting news and updates from behind the scenes in our Pledgers Only Updates section. We’ll take you through the process to where you’ll find photos, videos, mp3s and our blog covering the release and the promotion plus our experiences playing up and down the country. Those of you who join us at some of these experiences may be photographed and filmed (with consent of course) and we’ll feature you in the Updates section.
10% of any money raised after the goal is reached will go to a charity very close to our hearts, Harry’s Fund. Please visit http://www.harrysfund.org.uk/ to learn more.
So, THANK YOU in advance for your Pledges – we’re so looking forward to get this going with you and really appreciate your interest in our music and this release.
See you soon,
Steve & Rosalie x


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Steve Balsamo to be Patron for new BMus in Contemporary Music Performance in Cardiff

Steve Balsamo Head Shot
The Institute and the University of South Wales is delighted to announce that renowned vocalist Steve Balsamo has agreed to become the Patron for the new BMus in Contemporary Music Performance launching in Cardiff this October.
As patron Steve will take an active role in providing feedback and guidance to the course team, as well as providing one-off lectures and masterclasses to students on the programme.
Steve is a singer-songwriter from Swansea, Wales who shot to prominence in 1997 after playing Jesus to great critical acclaim in the West End revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has since released a top-40 solo album (All I Am); formed the critically acclaimed band The Storys with whom he recorded and toured until 2010 (Elton John, who thought The Storys were ‘fantastic’, felt the need to call Steve at home to ask them to tour with him!); featured in the film ‘Bank Job’; toured with keyboard legend Jon Lord (Deep Purple) and written songs performed by artists as diverse as Meat Loaf, Anthony Callea, Jonatan Cerrada and Slash of Guns n' Roses fame.
The BMus Contemporary Music Performance is the first course of its kind to provide such comprehensive instrumental tuition in Wales, offering guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists the opportunity to build the skills and expertise required to develop sustainable careers as musicians in the modern music industry. This will not only provide musicians the premier opportunity to study contemporary music to the highest standards in Wales, but will allow them access to the University’s inspiring facilities and environment. The programme will be delivered at the custom-built ATRiuM building situated in the heart of Cardiff city centre, allowing student’s unrivalled access to work alongside fellow music production students and cutting edge music recording facilities.
Pete Whittard, Director of the Institute commented “it is an honour to have a musician, vocalist and songwriter of Steve’s pedigree as our patron. We believe in what we are doing, but to have such an artist support us in this way, validates our conviction!”
Steve commented “Having heard the amazing music talent the Institute is producing I'm delighted to be Patron for new BMus Contemporary Music Performance. Education is extremely important to me, and as a vocalist I am constantly learning. The tutors in all disciplines are world class, and the visiting tutors are some of the best players on planet earth

Steve Balsamo

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jack Bruce was crème de la crème of Cream for Steve Balsamo

Swansea singing star Steve Balsamo recalls the time he rocked out for the late '60s music legend Jack Bruce, who he says was the 'real star' of the band

One is the Swansea-born stage star who found fame in Jesus Christ Superstar, the other the classic rocker who formed a band with the guitarist many fans claimed was ‘God’.
But for Welsh West End singer Steve Balsamo it was late bassist Jack Bruce, rather than six string wiz Eric Clapton, who was the true talent behind Cream, the infamous late ‘60s super group that sold an incredible 35 million albums during its fleeting two year career.
And, as he paid tribute to the late musician – who died from liver disease aged 71 on October 25 – Balsamo added that one of the biggest thrills of his life so far was singing some of Bruce’s most famous compositions in front of the great man himself in 2008.
“A good mate of mine who used to drum for (Paul Weller's band) The Style Council got me involved in a tribute concert at Shepherds Bush Empire in honour Ginger Baker,” he said – name-checking the polyrhythmic percussionist who made up the other third of Cream.
“It was an amazing line-up, a real who’s who including the likes of Charlie Watts from The Rolling Stones and Jon Lord from Deep Purple.
“But the most incredible thing for me was getting to meet Jack during rehearsals.
“I mean, this is the guy who co-wrote such timeless tracks as Sunshine Of Your Love and I Feel Free.
“Best of all I got to perform White Room” – the seminal Bruce-penned single from ‘68 – “while he watched.
“I’ve never done anything so nerve-wracking in my life because no one could sing that song better that Jack did, but he was lovely about it.
“When I finished he just came over to me and said, ‘Great work, man’."

Balsamo, whose currently performs in a folk rock duo with Rosalie Deighton, added that while many Cream devotees may have worn badges saying ‘Clapton is God’, it was Bruce who gave the band its heart .
“He had a great voice, was a virtuoso bass-playing and a fantastic song-writer - a real triple threat.
“I’ll never forget sitting next to him on the bus back to hotel and him telling me that, whatever I do in life, I should always go with what my heart says.
“It may sound so obvious but it’s true, and it’s something I try to adhere to daily.”
However, Balsamo joked that he couldn’t say the same for Bruce’s former bandmate Ginger Baker, the notoriously cantankerous sticksman with whom he would often argue - rows that frequently descended into fisticuffs, reducing the nearby Clapton to tears of frustration.
“I remember the comedian Al Murray compering that 2008 gig and going up to Ginger afterwards to introduce himself, at which point he just blanked him and turned his back.
“Al was mortified because Ginger had been an idol of his – he just walked over to me all embarrassed and said, ‘Well, that went well’.
“Then, later on, I was in the loo and Ginger came in and stood at the urinal next to me,” remembered Balsano.
“He just looked me up and down and snarled, “Know what? None those ***** out there can swing.”


Friday, November 7, 2014

Boo Hewerdine: 'My Name In Brackets' Album Launch + Rosalie Deighton


Music / Friday, 14 November 2014 - 8:00pm / Hall Two  
£12.50 | Savers £9.50*
Amazing Robot is the new single by one of England's finest songwriters Boo
Hewerdine, released by Reveal Records on June 23rd 2014.

The song is 'about the certainties of childhood and how they disappear' whilst paying tribute to the much loved 1970's board game The Amazing Magic Robot. In the game a small green robot would spin on a mirror and point at the answer to your question. The Amazing Robot was always right!

Released as either limited edition CD or digital download Amazing Robot comes backed by a second brand new track Drinking Alone of which Boo explains:
'Drinking Alone is a song for anyone who has sat up at two in the morning having just one more. Both these tracks were recorded as a one man band just like the very first recordings I made, with the exception of the drums (Chris Pepper) and clarinets (Gustaf Ljunggren), I can't do those'.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Pepper at Hub Studios in Cambridge Amazing Robot / Drinking Alone are the first tracks from Boo Hewerdine's forthcoming My Name in Brackets album currently scheduled for October 2014 release by Reveal.
Support comes from English/Dutch singer-songwriter Rosalie Deighton. Beginning her career with the musical entourage that was The Deighton Family, Rosalie released her first solo album, Truth Drug, in 2001. 21 Days followed six years later, and earlier this year Rosalie released her third album, Burning Boat, the first from newly formed UK label Bearclaw Records. Rosalie navigates her way through her Country and Folk roots, delivering a seasoned performance that engages, through a voice that inspires trust. She also performs as the critically acclaimed duo Balsamo/Deighton with long-time collaborator Steve Balsamo, as well as from time to time appearing as guest member of the band Danny & the Champions of the World. 

update Andy Collins -ex member the Storys

Track 8 ....2nd album. ..2 (or maybe 3) to go .... Spring release looks about right .. its sounding great if I do say so myself ....Thank you all for your patience .....
Andy xxx


Monday, November 3, 2014

update Dai Smith- vote for the song YEARNING -Swiss Eurovision 2015

Hi all Could I ask a HUGE favour please? The song YEARNING that I co-wrote with Allyson Summerhayes and Kitty Brucknell (from forthcoming musical Life Happened Kid) is shortlisted for Swiss Eurovision 2015. Could you please log onto the below website and Register a vote? (click and vote next to YEARNING).

Voting starts today and I would be very grateful if you could find the time. Please share this post with your friends thank you.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nov 2003 - Poe Press Release

Eric Woolfson's POE, More Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a magnificent follow-up to the Alan Parsons Project's 1976 debut album.
Eric Woolfson was the creator and writer of the Alan Parsons Project, who released Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe, in 1976, which went on to sell over 8 million units. The Alan Parsons Project released ten albums between 1976 and 1986, which have sold in excess of 45 million copies to date.

POE, More Tales of Mystery and Imagination, features the amazing lead vocals of Steve Balsamo, who played the lead in the recent West End production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Eric comments that "I have finally found my 'Voice'. My material has never sounded better than when Steve Balsamo sings it". Steve Balsamo continues that "It's probably the best recording yet of my voice, and there seems to be a beautiful marriage between Eric's music and the way I sing".
Top musicians, including guitarist John Parricelli, who played the mandolin in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, bassist Laurence Cottle, who has worked with Sting, Cher and Seal, keyboards man Simon Chamberlain (Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney), Ralf Salmins (Madonna, Van Morrison, Mike Oldfield), an 80 strong choir and a forty piece orchestra were enlisted to record the album.
POE, More Tales of Mystery and Imagination has taken 6 years to make and cost over 3/4 of a million pounds to record in Abbey Road Studios.

The album was recently previewed with three stunning, sold-out, "POE In Concert" world premiere performances at Abbey Road Studios, featuring a 16 strong cast, a full orchestra and a specially constructed set, lighting and sound system. This staged rock opera concert version of POE was filmed and recorded for release on DVD later next year.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Steve Balsamo - He’s gone from Son of God to father-of-two

December 5th 2011

He’s gone from Son of God to father-of-two, but becoming a dad again hasn’t slowed Steve Balsamo down. Here the West End star-turned-rocker tells Nathan Bevan about cosmic co-incidence, performing with his childhood musical hero and giving Robert Plant singing lessons

STEVE BALSAMO is a big believer in serendipity. The former West End star-turned-rocker recently became a dad for a second time to a bouncing baby boy born at 2.22pm on Friday, November 11
And 2.22, 11/11/11, as he’s keen to tell me, is quite significant chain of digits in numerologist circles.
“Some friends of mine who are into that sort of thing have informed me that those numbers together have a very auspicious meaning,” says the Swansea-born singer.

“So we’ve named him Frankie Balsamo, and with a name like that he’ll either end up a boxer, a rock star or a gangster – or all three.

“Personally, I’ve always been more into psychic phenomena and, without being too hippy-dippy about it, usually take note of the significant events that occur in my life and see if they correlate with other things further down the line,” adds the 40-year-old.

Talking of which, I tell Balsamo that next summer my sister (who’s a big fan) is holding her wedding reception in the same Swansea hotel where I first interviewed him back in 2006.

“See! There you go, spooky,” he laughs, adding that since his Elton John-approved West Coast-style rock outfit The Storys broke up a few years back he’s been gigging around the world with one of his childhood heroes – Deep Purple’s keyboard maestro Jon Lord.

“God, I was huge Purple fan growing up and loved their singer Ian Gillan’s turn as the Messiah on the album version of Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar,” he adds – a part which, co-incidentally, Balsamo would later go on to make his own when it became an acclaimed London stage production.
“In fact, if I’m honest, I pinched most of his chops for my own rendition.”

And it was performing at a cancer charity event organised by Lord’s wife that turned the 70-year-old legend onto Balsamo’s impressive three and a half octave range voice.

“Next thing I know I was part of his band and performing a show halfway up a mountain in Switzerland,” says the singer, who was first prompted to perform in his teens as a means of competing with a then-girlfriend’s crush on Jon Bon Jovi.

“Ever since then me and Jon have been writing songs, largely classical crossover numbers that we’ve thought about getting Bryn Terfel to sing, really beautiful stuff.

“Unfortunately though Jon is battling cancer himself and isn’t well at the moment, so we’ve had to put a few things on hold,” adds Balsamo – although he later emails to say that, serendipity again perhaps, Lord had phoned him shortly after our chat to say he’s feeling much better.

So that means the pair’s recent re-recording of part of Purple’s groundbreaking 1969 Concerto For Group And Orchestra, also featuring Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, should get to see the light of day soon.
“Proper rock royalty that lot, it was a thrill to be asked,” says Balsamo.

Until then though the Italian-blooded dad-of-two has got his “Celtic Americana” musical project with winsome Anglo-Dutch-Indonesian folk singer Rosalie Deighton to occupy most of his time.
“I love Rosie, I’ve know her for ages and she ended up joining The Storys in 2008 when Dai (Smith, guitar) left – she’s fabulous, got a voice just like Emmylou Harris,” he smiles.

“At the moment the group’s called Balsamo/Deighton, which sounds a bit like a firm of solicitors, but I quite like that though.

“It’s quite an eclectic sound, with a bit of cajun in there – a bit like that Grammy-winning bluegrass/country album Robert Plant did with Alison Krauss a while back.”

And while we’re on the subject of certain ex-Led Zeppelin front men...

“The Storys played at Radio Two DJ Bob Harris 60th birthday and Robert had seen us and liked our harmonies,” recalls Balsamo.
“So when he rang me up asking if I knew anything about Appalachian mountain music I automatically found myself saying, ‘Yeah, sure’, when what I really meant was, ‘No, haven’t a clue’,” he laughs.
“In any case, what on Earth can I tell Robert Plant that he doesn’t already know – he’s sold a gazillion albums for God’s sake!
“But that still didn’t stop me finding myself in a recording studio with him going, ‘Mmm, that sounds great Robert, but what if you try it like this’?” he smiles.

“You can’t help but love it though when someone of his stature still has such great love and enthusiasm for music – I mean, he could just be out playing golf or something.”

And would he ever consider rekindling his love for the stage, having originally found such great acclaim there back in 1996?
“Never say never, that’s my motto,” says Balsamo. “I keep getting asked and occasionally I’ll go along and sing something just for the craic.
“I’ve not done that sort of performance in a long time but I take my voice very seriously and have a great vocal coach in London whom I go and see all the time.
“The voice is like a muscle, a tool that needs a constant workout,” he adds.

“But people’s ranges generally change over time and they tend to get lower the older you get, so I’d have to see.
“Then again, everything starts to drop when you hit 40, so it might be nice to be told I have a lovely bottom end,” Balsamo laughs.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Steve Balsamo All Those Years ago

Jon Lord All Those Years Ago is an exclusive, limited edition book and music package, available as a strictly limited edition box set. http://balsamo-deighton.blogspot.nl/

Monday, September 15, 2014

the Story of Balsamodeighton

Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton met over 10 years ago at Grammy award winning producerMartin Terefe's London recording studio where he was working on their respective major label debut albums. Bonding over a love of 70's singer/

songwriters, country music and cake, they vowed one day to record together as they felt their voices would blend and give what Emmylou Harris calls 'the rub'.

Several times around the world in various musical guises and Balsamo Deighton's paths crossed again when Rosalie supported Steve's highly regarded country/rock  bandThe Storys. 

 Having returned from touring with the likes of Elton John, Santana, Celine Dion and Joe Cocker, The Storys asked Rosalie to join and help write and record for their 3rd album, "Luck"

When The Storys decided to call it a day, Steve and Rosalie took it as a sign that the time was right to make some music together. They called on friend and ace songwriter Julian Wilson of Grand Drive, and slowly and quietly kicked some ideas around at his South London studio

These initial sessions were inspiring, fun and very rewarding and all three realised that indeed they had found 'the rub'.

Recording began in earnest with producer and songwriter John Reynolds ,who has worked with Sinead O'Connor, The Indigo Girls and U2, tracking the first song ideas at his North London Studio.

nfluenced by everyone from Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Crowded House, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Douglas Adams, Balsamo Deighton's songs pretty much nod, wink and steal from them all.

The duo have released a couple of cover songs to whet peoples' appetites; 'Sky Blue and Black' by Jackson Browne, and Shawn Colvin's 'I Don't Know Why' for which they have made a remarkable, hair raising/removing video.

The duo Balsamo Deighton are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album with producers Tim Hamill and Ben Robbins and are looking forward to sharing the fruits of their labour both on record and on the road very soon.

© www.balsamodeighton.com




Thursday, August 28, 2014

Balsamo Deighton - Back To Your Life (songwriting demo)

After a recording session, and while we were supposed to be rehearsing for a gig today (28th Aug 2014), a new song sneaked up and demanded to be written. In less than an hour we had this cheeky little love song finished and put down in scratch form. We wanted to share the very first take in all its dusty glory to see how it differs when we come to record it 'for real'. Andy Collins, our old Storys compadre wrote it with us.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton at videoshoot

Couple of stills from our video shoot for Light In The Dark last night.

 It  looks beautiful...

Huge thanks to Rhys and all who came and took part!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Steve Balsamo Jon Lord tribute concert out in September...

Jon Lord tribute concert out in September...shivers and a tear or three at the beautifully filmed concert footage.Thanks Classic Rock Magazine for the mensh!..Steve


Jon Lord celebrated as The Composer

View clip from memorial box set clip featuring world premiere of icon's song with Steve Balsamo

A second promo from Celebrating Jon Lord At The Royal Albert Hall has been released, including a clip from the world premiere of a track the late icon wrote with Steve Balsamo.
Last week EarMusic launched a video detailing the half of the April concert dedicated to Lord's "Rock Legend" career, including performances by Deep Purple, Bruce Dickinson, Glenn Hughes, Rick Wakeman, Micky Moody and others.
The new teaser concentrates on his life as a classical composer and features a section of his piece All Those Years Ago, which had never previously been performed.
Celebrating Jon Lord will be launched on September 26 containing a Blu-ray of the April concert, three CDs, two seven-inch vinyl singles, a shirt, a replica of a page of Lord's score for Sarabande and a reproduction of the concert programme. Separate Blur-ray, 2DVD, CD and download editions will also be available. Pre-order now.


The Composer

  1. Fantasia from Sarabande
  2. Durham Awakes from Durham Concerto
  3. All Those Years Ago (with Steve Balsamo and Micky Moody)
  4. Pictured Within (with Miller Anderson) 
  5. Sarabande from Sarabande (with Rick Wakeman)
  6. One From The Meadow (with Margo Buchanan)
  7. Bourrée from Sarabande
  8. Afterwards (with Jeremy Irons and Paul Mann)

The Rock Legend

  1. Things Get Better (Paul Weller)
  2. I Take What I Want (Weller, Moody)
  3. Silas and Jerome (Phil Campbell, Ian Paice, Bernie Marsden)
  4. I’m Gonna Stop Drinking (Campbell, Paice, Marsden)
  5. Soldier of Fortune (Balsamo, Sandi Thom, Moody)
  6. You Keep On Moving (Glenn Hughes, Bruce Dickinson, Paice, Don Airey, Moody) 
  7. Burn (Hughes, Dickinson, Paice, Airey, Rick Wakeman) 
  8. This Time Around (Hughes) 

Deep Purple celebrating Jon Lord

  1. Uncommon Man
  2. Above And Beyond
  3. Lazy
  4. When A Blind Man Cries
  5. Perfect Strangers
  6. Black Night
  7. Hush (Dickinson, Wakeman, Campbell, Marsden, Moody)


Thursday, August 7, 2014

new song Balsamo/Deighton


Friday, August 1, 2014

new song balsamo/deighton

Howdy friends...been having a little social media break due to organising music stuff! I've just uploaded a new Balsamo Deighton tune to www.balsamodeighton.com called Only For The Night. It features Rosalie and is written with the mighty Andy Collins, our old compadre from The Storys. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume...enjoy!

Steve Balsamo http://balsamo-deighton.blogspot.nl/

work in progress

© Graham G photography
When on the beach I like to wear cowboy boots and hang out with my partner in crime- thanks to graham for an excellent day of shooting - most definitely my favourite photographer to work with - here is a sneak peak at Balsamo Deighton promo shoot- thanks to the amazing Samantha Justice Wheeler  for her patience - working with someone who is always hungry and tired is not easy - sorry xx

Thursday, July 24, 2014

West End star Steve Balsamo announced for 100 Voices charity concert at Llanelli's Ffwrnes

West End star Steve Balsamo announced for 100 Voices charity concert at Llanelli's Ffwrnes

ONE of the West End's biggest male stars will be coming to Llanelli with plans revealed for a huge charity concert.
Following the success of last summer's 100 Voices charity variety night, the show will return next month with an even bigger bill of acts.
The show is the brainchild of Llanelli lad Dale Francis, a musical theatre enthusiast who has used his connections to help to raise cash for local charities.
Last year's show raised money for the Welsh Guards Benevolent Fund and Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.

The charities are close to the 28-year-old's heart as he lost his brother in the forces and his mum to cancer.
He hopes to up the charity effort this year to further boost local causes.

Mr Francis said: "It was going to be a one-off extravaganza last year, but with the success and the sum of money we raise for charity there was no reason we were going to let it go.
"From this year we are going to try to grow and grow and grow."

Taking place on August 29 and 30 Llanelli's Ffwrnes, the show will featuring everything from vocal talents to comedians and TV dance troupes to all round entertainers.
Swansea-born Steve Balsamo is one of the stars of the night.

He made his name in the theatres of the West End and is highly regarded for one of the best portrayals of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.
Mr Francis said: "Lloyd Webber himself even said he was one of the most talent guys he had worked with.

"Steve Balsamo has a massive following, and nobody can sing Gethsemane like him.
"I thought it would be nice, as there have been so many amateur productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, that people could come and meet him.

"I think he is the most talented male musical theatre star ever."

Other stars will include Britain's Got Talent dance acts Pre Skool and Nu Sxool.
There is also Karl Morgan from the band Who's Molly, who has just released a single about Swansea City and has been on tour with Steps.
But this is by no means the extent of the range of acts performing on the night.
Mr Francis said he was particularly pleased to have Denny Twp involved as compere for the show.
"He was the one that discovered me back in the pantomimes, so it's nice to be back working with Denny again," he said.
Tickets for the event are £15 and are available from the Ffwrnes box office, or from the 100 Voices website

"It's going to be a night of pure variety," Mr Francis added.
"There's something that is going to whet everyone's appetite."

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The remarkable journey of Steve Balsamo takes a new twist

From Jesus Christ Superstar to The Famous Farter: The remarkable journey of Steve Balsamo takes a new twist

  • july 6th 2014 
  • By Nahan Bevan

Welsh singer Steve Balsamo signs up for kids' musical about 19th century French fartiste

Steve Balsamo

He shot to fame as the Son of God.
But now, to paraphrase Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Steve Balsamo is about to prove he’s not the Messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy.
That’s because the former Jesus Christ Superstar singer is developing a new project with an altogether less than divine subject matter – farting.
The 43-year-old West End wonder from Swansea is working on songs for a new kids’ musical about a professional flatulist – or “fartiste” – and he hopes audiences won’t think they stink.
“A mate of mine called David Boyle, who’s an actor and ex-Disney illustrator, tweeted me about a children’s book he’d written called The Famous Farter and asked me if I wanted to write the music for a bilingual stage version,” said Balsamo.
“I bought a copy of it for my little girl Izzy, who was about eight at the time, and she loved it – so I jumped at the chance.”
Boyle’s book is based on the true story of 19th century French baker Joseph Pujol, who discovered he had the ability to control his abdominal muscles in a way that allowed him to break wind at will.
Going under the stage name Le Petomane, he became an international celebrity and performed in all the great opera houses around Europe, playing tunes like O Sole Mio and the French national anthem with his bottom.
“He even performed for Queen Victoria, but gave it all up when WWI broke out to open a biscuit factory with his wife,” said Balsamo, who added that he’s also roped in his songwriting friend Christian Phillips and actress and presenter Caryl Parry Jones – both of whom worked on Children’s Bafta-winning film Rhestr Nadolig Wil – to help bring his vision to life.
“We’ve got numbers like Don’t You Steal My Thunder, Hey Mr Fartypants and Whoops, Pardon Me! I’m sure the little ones will love them.
“We’ve tried to emulate the classic vibe US tunesmiths like Sherman Brothers conjured up for such films as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – although we had a little more trouble in working out where we were going to get our fart noises from. In the end we decided on a mix of trombone and general raspberry blowing sound effects.”
So, they weren’t tempted to record their own personal contributions then?
“If we were do you really think I’d admit it ?” he laughed.
And plans are underway to showcase the production at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre later this month.
“The guys there are co-producing it with us and we’ve managed to get funding from the Arts Council of Wales.”
Is he worried about the title offending anyone?
“Not really, because everyone we’ve told about it breaks into a big grin the second we mention what it’s called,” said Balsamo.
“It seems, whether you’re young or old, farting is just funny.”

Sunday, June 29, 2014

steve on bbc radio june 30th 2014

Eleri is joined by her childhood crush, 80s heart-throb Paul Young. Plus, singer-songwriter Steve Balsamo is on today's panel and Kathy Griffiths shares her pick of the week's TV.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

new website Rosalie Deighton

It's been a busy couple of weeks- meetings, photo shoots and writing. My website is now up and running again with links to tour dates, diary, twitter and other stuff you would find on websites- enjoy the sun - it's blazing already . http://www.rosaliedeighton.com

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Steve Balsamo -Born of the Son

A couple of months ago my neighbour, Rev Alex Pye asked if would I get involved in a musical project with the youth group of St Peter's Church, Swansea. Over the next few weeks we wrote and arranged a worship song called Born Of The Son and... called the group Saturday Circle. We recorded it at my good friend Andrew Griffith's studio and another mate, Gareth Davies made a cool film of the process. If you feel moved to (...especially my Christian friends!...) please share far and wide! Many thanks!

To watch the video click on the title below!

Born of the Son

West End singer's a write hit with youths

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 10, 2014

The Saturday Circle Youth Group  at St Peter's Church Cockett with Steve Balsamo.
The Saturday Circle Youth Group at St Peter's Church Cockett with Steve Balsamo.

               IF you want to learn about song-writing, you won't go far wrong if you have a little helping hand from a West End star who has worked with some giants of rock.
And so youngsters from a Cockett church's youth group were grateful when Steve Balsamo agreed to join them when they came up with the idea of creating a new song of worship.
The musician, who has worked with and performed alongside the likes of Elton John and Deep Purple's Jon Lord, gave the benefit of his experience to St Peter's Church Saturday Circle Youth Club.
Steve, who famously took the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar in London's West End, said: "The project was all about the process of song-writing and how you put it together, but it also turned out brilliantly."

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Working under Steve's guidance over the past few months, the youth club members decided on the theme of the song, wrote the lyrics and were involved in the vocals and instrumentals that can be heard on their CD, Born of the Son.
The lyrics tell of the creation of the world, while remembering that the world is ravaged by war, want and need.
A youth group spokesman said: "They had little idea whether their efforts would be successful and they could not have possibly imagined the exciting journey on which they were about to embark or that the final outcome would be so professional.
"But when Steve stepped in and offered to help and collaborate with the project and sing lead vocals, it gained significant momentum .
"We are extremely grateful to him for his invaluable help in what had been a wonderful experience and also for the support that St. Peter's Mission Committee had given in financing the project," said the spokesman.
Steve added: "I was approached by the vicar and his wife to see if I could help out, and I was keen to get involved.
"I enjoyed seeing how they reacted to the song-writing process, and working with them to record the song and get it recorded.
"In a way the song was secondary to the song-writing process, but we are all really happy with how it turned out."
The CD of the song and film can be bought via the Cockett Parish Website at www.cockettparish.org.uk, or through the church's Rev. Alex Pye.
Proceeds will go towards a number of local charities

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

photoshoot for Balsamo/Deighton

© Graham Gphotography

Getting ready for a shoot the sun is smiling in us

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

new song!

Happy Monday! Sun is shinning here, so thought we'd upload a happy new www.balsamodeighton.com song! Yup I did say happy! Called only When I Leave, and was written with the very cool Andy Collins of The Storys.

Friday, June 6, 2014


Another preview of a new song...These Four Walls is one of our faves from our sessions for the new album. Simple, acoustic and emotional we think! Written while the studio was being set up to record another song. Rosalie started it and I had the shiver. Please Let us know if you dig..or not? thank yooo muchly! www.balsamodeighton.com x

Monday, May 26, 2014

New song world premiered in Wales

New song world premiered in Wales

March 7, 2014
Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010
Jon Lord in writing session with Steve Balsamo, February 2010
Today, Friday March 7 at 3.30pm GMT, singer Steve Balsamo will guest with Wynne Evans on BBC Radio Wales.
The show will play a world exclusive premiere of All Those Years Ago, the unreleased song by Jon and Balsamo, from which Jon Lord’s photo book takes its title, and which will be released together with the book.
On the show, Balsamo will talk about his work with Jon Lord, the upcoming photo book and the concert at Royal Albert Hall celebrating Jon next month.
The song itself is a gentle ballad with Jon on eloquent piano and Balsamo on eminent vocals, recorded in February 2010. Balsamo has confirmed that he will sing the song at Celebrating Jon Lord on April 4.

John Owen Jones Award & Steve Balsamo Scholarship 2014


John Owen Jones

Steve Balsamo
We’ve been overwhelmed with the standard of applicants for this year’s scholarships, which we are able to offer courtesy of two of our Patrons, the brilliant, awesome and all-round lovely John owen Jones  and  Steve Balsamo
Whittling down the applicants is never an easy job but we’re delighted to announce this year’s recipients – both guys, both on the Advanced Professional Diploma pathway, and both incredibly accomplished in their fields. The team felt that both of these amazing chaps have something extraordinary to offer the world of singing teaching, beyond the great work that they already do.
The recipient of the Steve Balsamo Scholarship 2014 is Daniel Haslam, an actor, singer, musician currently living in South London (along with the rest of the acting cognoscenti)!

Monday, May 5, 2014

update Andy Collins - The Storys

March 14th 2014

Hello all...been a while. ...x
Just letting you all know that a hectic period of recording starts in a couple of weeks ....hopefully culminating in an album for late spring release .....nothing like a good deadline to get the creative juices flowing haha ....will keep yoh posted ......right ....back to work !!!!!! X

April 14 2014

Hey all ...back in Studio week after next. ...it'll be 5 songs done and 5 to go ......loving this new adventure x

Steve Balsamo and Miller Anderson at Jon Lords concert 2014

                                            ©Steve Balsamo

The wonderful Miller Anderson and I at Jon's Concert. Miller is the original singer of Pictured Within and did a stunning version that night. http://www.milleranderson.co.uk/