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Hard-hitting original rock songs driven by classic guitar licks and heavy riffs are what Steve Costello has always strived for. And in the years since playing the Northern Ontario bar circuit at the age of 13, he has more than adequately proven his ability to rock with the best of them. Now 22, Steve has travelled across the U.S. and Europe doing what he loves best: entertaining. And whether it be in his rapidly growing solo career, playing guitar for The Mark Wood Experience or his involvement with the “Electrify Your Strings!”™ program in schools across America, Steve continues to impress audiences around the world.
As a teen building his chops, Steve found inspiration in the work of artists like Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Joe Bonamassa; but his earliest influences were the legends—Zeppelin, Hendrix, Clapton—and it is from these British Blues roots, along with elements of Rock, Grunge and Steve’s own considerable gift of invention, that he has managed to forge a fresh, signature sound. And nowhere is this sound better demonstrated than in his 2013 debut solo album, Steve Costello – Vol. 1, a powerhouse collection of 7 originals and a rockin’ cover of the Willie Dixon classic, “Evil.” Following its release both physically and digitally on iTunes, the album took his growing fan base by storm, and has lead to many new opportunities, including winning the 2013 LCBO Whisky Rocks Competition and opening for Theory of a Deadman in November of that year.
When not immersed in his own projects, Steve has been fortunate enough to work with Tran-Siberian Orchestra founding member, Mark Wood. He has had the pleasure of playing with both The Mark Wood Experience and Mark’s music education program, “Electrify Your Strings!”™ (EYS). With The Mark Wood Experience, Steve has played alongside professional symphony orchestras to audiences of as many as 20,000, and in the EYS program he has helped bring a new excitement for music to schools across America.
With a never waning commitment to his music and a rapidly growing international fan base, Steve is doing whatever it takes to become a successful musician. He has shown time and again that he can rise to any challenge, and will continue to grow and express himself with an unrelenting passion for music.