Steve Fertil, p/k/a Steve Reason, is a multi-talented artist who started singing at the early age of 10 and began playing sax when he was 12. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Reason was exposed to many forms of music at an early age. His exposure to several musical genres such as Rock, Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, World Music, Kompa, Latin and Reggae, have all contributed to his unique musical style. In middle school, he fell in love with the saxophone and with being a consummate musician. Eventually, he wanted more than being a young musician, so he took the initiative and started his first band, called "2EZ.” That band, comprised of high school juniors and seniors, played locally weekly, before several of its members eventually enrolled in various colleges.
That first band eventually broke up. After the break up, Steve was ready to try something new, so he enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corp. Joining the Marines Corp. resulted in him spending one year in Washington, D.C., performing Ceremonial Duties at the Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the White House; and his second year was a tour in the Middle East supporting our nation’s efforts for Iraqi Freedom. After Reason's honorable discharge from the Marines, he came home to Miami. Steve’s passion for music led him to Florida Memorial University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with concentration in Jazz Studies.
While pursuing his college education, Steve promoted his songs and unique style at local poetry spots, nightclubs, and private events and, at times, overseas. Steve conquered many struggles and obstacles on his journey. The biggest one was losing his father to Liver Cancer. Today, Steve lives everyday with the intent of covering as much ground as possible. That sense of purpose includes doing whatever he can to make himself a better person, but also includes helping others fulfill their dreams. After graduating college in 2011, Reason got a job as an intern at Circle House Recording Studios. There, he managed Inner Circle’s social media and also met many of the super stars, who often recorded there. Inspired and surrounded by successful artists, Reason formed another band, this one called “Reasonable Doubt.” The band auditioned to be the house band at Club Play, a popular hip-hop club in South Beach. After their live audition they were hired as the house band for Club Plays comedy night, “Laugh, Play, Party.”
Reason wanted to discover more about himself and his own music, so he decided to take a break from the band. He then started doing gigs solo as a saxophone player. After playing at a party for the co-founder of The Opium Group, owners of six night clubs in South Beach, he was referred to Nikki Beach Club where he soon became the sax player for all their weekend events. Slowly and surely Reason’s reputation was growing. Soon, his performances began showing up on YouTube channels.
After seeing Reason perform on a YouTube clip, Reason was asked to tour as a saxophone player for platinum-selling international recording artist Mia Martina. That would be the start of Reason building his name as a saxophonist internationally. This opportunity resulted in Reason performing all over Canada, the United States, Russia, Turkey, and Europe. While touring as a saxophonist, he started working on a debut album. Together, with producer/keyboardist EJ Lewis, a/k/a Black Panda, he started working on a project that would later become his debut album. In the interim, Reason took whatever gigs he could get so as to network, even playing on many records for no compensation. That work ethic landed Reason a feature on Cash Money’s artist Jae Millz’ Mix Tape, entitled “Dead Presidents 2.” This feature landed Steve a performance in Atlanta with DJ Benny Demus, Akon’s official DJ. And that led to him being hired by a Miami rapper. While working on a record for the rapper Stack$, who is also President of SoBe Entertainment, Reason was asked to play on a record which SoBe’s CEO, Cecile D. Barker, was producing as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, prior to Mandela’s passing. It was then Reason would meet the CEO of SoBe Entertainment for the first time. After hearing and seeing Reason play live on the Mandela record, titled “We Thank You,” Barker offered Reason a recording contract. And so, right there, after many years of grinding, Reason’s recording musical odyssey began that day. His hard work was finally paying off.
Reason has now completed his debut album, “Let’s Have Sax.” This collection of love songs also contains musical tributes to two of his iconic idols, Bob Marley and Nelson Mandela. His first single, “French Love,” is being shipped now in the first quarter of 2014. With the debut album now completed, Reason is presently rehearsing with his new band, preparing to embark on a national tour in support of his album. Listeners worldwide are going to have to get their ears ready for Reason's unique fusion of R&B and Jazz. He is not just a saxophonist … he is a singer, dancer, producer, songwriter, and performer. The winner of “Musician of the Month” by Star Central Magazine he is working towards gaining many other awards in his musical career. With his album getting ready to be launched in May the world will be enthralled with his music and artistic talent. He is totally new and fresh. As a new versatile artist, Steve has the talent, drive, attitude, and ambition to become a very successful entertainer.
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