Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This Sunday oct 3rd 2015 at 11pm Steve will join Alan Thompson on his BBC Radio Wales show

This Sunday at 11pm Steve will join the great Alan Thompson on his excellent BBC Radio Wales show to talk about our debut Balsamo Deighton album. Tune in to hear exclusive first plays! Those of you not in Wales can listen via the link below, or on catch up if ya miss it

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Steve Balsamo has been made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Steve BalsamoSwansea-born singer/songwriter Steve Balsamo has been made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea (14/07/15).
Steve Balsamo came to prominence in the late 1990s 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 signed to Columbia/Sony records, made an album and won best male solo artist at the Welsh Music Awards all in the same year.
In 2004, Steve formed The Storys, a West Coast-influenced harmony band. Their debut album came to the attention of Elton John who publically declared it ‘fantastic’ and invited the band to tour with him for three summers. The Storys have also toured with Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, Santana, Van Morrison and Tom Jones to name 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.
Steve was also the singer and co-writer with legendary keyboard player and founder of Deep Purple, Jon Lord, for five years until his death in 2012.
Aside from this, Steve is a prolific songwriter, having scored hits around the world with several Pop Idol singers, Meatloaf and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. He feels blessed to have had many adventures in music which have allowed him to sing on stage with the likes of Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward, Lara Fabian, Madeleine Peyroux, Glenn Hughes, Steve Harley, Lulu, and band members from the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and Pink Floyd.
He is currently finishing an album with folk singer Rosalie Deighton for a duet project called Balsamo Deighton. They will release their debut album, Unfolding, in September 2015.
When he's not making music, Steve tries to be a good dad, paints, swims, reads and listens to Radio 4.
Steve Balsamo said: “It’s an absolute honour to be here and to be recognised in this way, thank you. Congratulations to the graduates on their amazing achievement.
“I have no idea how seemingly unconnected paths have led me to here talking to you today. I was lucky that I realised my passion very early on and decided to see where music and my voice could take me. However, there was no real plan, there was no real map, just a series of synchronistic events that I paid attention to and sometimes acted on.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

filming at Oakwood church studios

Great day filming at Oakwood church studios yesterday - now getting ready for two solo shows supporting my mate Boo Hewerdine at the green note in Camden - come down!


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Welsh talents take to stage for fundraiser

september 4th 2015

SOME of the biggest names in Welsh music are due to take to the stage in Llanelli tonight. Steve Balsamo and Sian Evans, formerly of Kosheen, are just two of the big names set to entertain the crowds at the Selwyn Samual Centre to raise vital funds for Cariad Defibrillators Wales.Steve and Sian spoke to the Star ahead of the highly anticipated performance, which also includes appearances by Lemar and Wynne Evans.

Steve Balsamo:
You are due to appear in Cariad's star-studded charity show this weekend, are you excited?
Very much so. I haven't seen (charity founders) Anthony or Sherilyn since I played in Laugharne last year in the old tin shed.

It was brilliant. I asked her if she was still singing, and she said yes, and we have stayed in touch since then. I always said to them if they wanted me to do anything I would, so that's how I got involved in this show.

Lemar, Sian Evans formerly of Kosheen, Wynne Evans and many others are taking part on the night, have you performed with any of them before?
I met Lemar years ago through management and he is great. I have sung with Wynne before too and it will be nice to see him again. It will be really great to hear everyone sing on the night and see a lot of people I haven't seen for a long time.
As a musician it's fantastic to be able to share the stage with these acts and to be involved with a cause like Cariad which does such great work.

Are you pleased to be supporting the charity?
Absolutely. I am always willing to help Cariad as the work they do is so worthwhile and could save lives.

What projects are you currently working on ?
I am currently working on a duets album with Rosalie Deighton called Balsamo/Deighton. Rosalie used to be in a band with me called The Storys, so I have known her for about 10 years. When the band came to an end we decided to make an album. We are so excited to put it out. We have made a record we are incredibly proud of. We have recorded it in various places, in London with teams who have worked with U2 and ended up finishing it in Llangennech with Tim Hamill. It's nice to know that there are people all over the world of this calibre who have been involved.

What type of music can people expect in the album?
It's Americana, kind of a country, folk , pop sound. It has been influenced by musicians like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and Crowded House.

Has your lengthy working relationship with Rosalie allowed you to produce some really interesting songs on this album?
The song writing process has been really easy. At the time we were writing she was living in Sheffield. I would be writing a section and she would ring me with another idea and it would just finish it perfectly. It would just sit in the song really well. We known each other really well and we work well together, so it felt really easy to try to write the best songs possible for this album. We have just had such good fun. After the band ended we all took some time, but this is the record that has been percolating for some time now. To see it finished is great and we are so proud and happy with it.

When is the album due to be released?
There will be an official announcement this week, so watch this space.

You have such a varied career, having appeared on the West End stage, written songs for hit TV shows including One Tree Hill, and worked with some musical legends, which experiences have you preferred?
All the experiences I have had have been amazing in their own right. Playing in the West End (in Jesus Christ Superstar) was brilliant and it all came about by accident. We toured a lot with Jon Lord of Deep Purple and I had been working with him before he died. I ended up singing at his funeral which was an honour. Then I got to sing at a concert celebrating his life at the Royal Albert Hall. It was an honour to perform at this event to remember one of my musical heroes.

You have also toured with world renowned artists such as Celine Dion, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones and Van Morrison, do you have any great memories from this?
Everyone we have worked and toured with has been lovely in their own way. Elton John was amazing, and he was a really amazing support to us (The Storys). He rang me at home in Swansea and said he had loved our album and wanted us to tour with him. He started singing one of our songs down the phone to me, which was so surreal but amazing. He was an absolute gent and an incredible musical talent.
Joe Cocker was a really lovely man too. We have had some really good laughs whoever we've been working with. It certainly hasn't been boring.

Did you always want to be a singer?
No, I started singing really late. I had wanted to be a psychologist. I was given a fellowship to the University of Wales Trinity St David's. I have always loved writing and academia. Observation and different thought processes really help in song writing.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

release new cd febr 5th 2016!

Official word from our lovely label earMUSIC

"Singer/Songwriter duo Balsamo/Deighton release their debut album ‘Unfolding’ February 5th 2016. Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton - both respected vocalists, musicians and songwriters in their own right – have joined forces to record a collection of ‘grown up songs on the human condition’.

Steve and Rosalie