Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Steve Balsamo has been made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Swansea-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.”