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"Kevin McWha Steele is a brilliantly versatile modern singer/songwriter who can rock furiously as well as deliver languid french chansons in a smooth as silk crooner's voice. There is always something arresting going on in his extremely well-crafted and catchy songs. He deserves to be alot better known."
- Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Gods and Monsters, Captain Beefheart, etc.) May 2012
"Recently cited as 'a cross between (Bowie's) Ziggy Stardust and Serge Gainsbourg' in Veglam Magazine, Steele brings his own unique blend of French-Anglo pop, folk, rock and jazz to the stage. Recent releases include a 21-track self-titled LP (February 2012) and a glam rock concept album "Ki & The Arrowtooth Waltz" (May 2011). Squealing, eye-rolling and/or profanities welcome!"
- PR Newswire, January 2012
"In Kevin's set the band could go from sounding lyrical like Jeff Buckley, to something fierce and rockin' on a dime,... like Credence or John Lennon..."
- Sole' East, Third Annual Montauk Music Festival 2012
Kevin McWha Steele is a poet and songwriter, who finds inspiration through singing, writing poetry/lyrics, and travel. After studying music and poetry in France for four years, he relocated to New York City in 1996, where he has been writing and performing songs in French and English. His professional music credits range from session vocalist for Virgin U.K. to performing/recording with a variety of musicians, performance artists and songwriters in both New York and Los Angeles.
Recent venues/festivals performed at in 2011/12 include: Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit at Bowery Electric (headlining with Lenny Kaye, Steve Earle, Jesse Malin, among others), WilliFest 2012, The Third Annual Montauk Music Festival, CBGB 2012 Music Festival, Cafe Wha?, Bowery Electric, The Knitting Factory, Pianos, The Living Room, The Bitter End, The Village Lantern, The Elbo Room, The Village Vanguard, Fontanas, Caffe Vivaldi, Alphabet Lounge, The National Underground, Freddys Bar, Bar Matchless, The Manhattan Inn, Pete's Candy Store, among others.
Although, primarily a French cabaret inspired-folk rock/pop singer, Kevin is first and foremost a songwriter and inspired by taking risks.
His most recent self-titled album is part one of a folk rock/ electronica trilogy, in the style of Brit folk/pop from the 70s a la Alan Price, Paul McCartney, The Beatles (Srgt Pepper and later). flezaDoza joins on guitar and bass, Andrew Potenza on drums. The album was recorded in Brooklyn and Binghampton, NY with flezaDoza as the engineer.
Previous releases from Kevin include the EP, "Lumière Violette", a folk album featuring songs in English and French, and "Ki & The Arrowtooth Waltz", a concept album co-written with the French guitarist Aurelien Budynek. Further infomation on both albums can be viewed in a recent interview with Veglam Magazine at www.veglam.com
"At The Serial Killer Disco". Semi-Finalist. Pop Category. Song of the Year, 2011. Judge: Pink
"Be With Me Tonight". Finalist. Overall. We Are Listening, 2010
"Love in June". Finalist, Jazz Category. Song of the Year 2009. Judge: Sting
"St. Germain des Pres". Finalist. Electronica/Dance Category. Song of the Year, 2007
Kevin is pleased to have worked with the following studios and engineers:
4th Street Studios: Santa Monica, CA with Chris Mullins
Perfect Mixes: Brooklyn, NY with Godfrey Diamond
Moody Mammoth: Brooklyn, NY with Stefano Zazzera
Of a Dazzle Studios: Binghamton, NY with flezaDoza
Pitch Volley Studios: Barcelona, Spain with Manu Molina
Kevin's stage clothes are sponsored in part by the following stores:
Peach Frog, Brooklyn, NY: www.peachfrog.com
1 of A Find Vintage, Brooklyn, NY www.1ofafindvintage.com
Currently, Kevin is working on the release of two new albums from a selection of older and new work.
Kevin resides in New York City.
Kevin McWha Steele - Guitar, lyrics, Piano, Percussion, Vocals / Songwriter, 8-Course Lute
"Ki & The Arrowtooth Waltz" LP Release, April 2011
"Lumiere Violette" EP Release, May 2011
"Kevin McWha Steele" LP Release, February 2012
"Christmas Valentine" Single Release, December 2012
"Sweet Lime" EP Release, January 2013
"The Nightly Howl" May 2013 (forthcoming)