|Associated acts||The Moment|
|Website||Official Rinaldi Sings Site|
Rinaldi Sings is the stage name used by Steve Rinaldi, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose orchestrated pop music prompted the New Musical Express to describe him in 2004 as a "cocksure 20th Century Scott Walker".
Originally from Haverhill, Suffolk, Steve Rinaldi was formerly a trombonist with cult indie mod band The Moment. After the demise of the group, Rinaldi continued to work with The Moment’s guitarist Adrian Holder in a succession of bands. He eventually wrote half of the material and briefly took over as the band’s vocalist before leaving to focus on Rinaldi Sings, his first solo project, produced in collaboration with music journalist Chris Hunt.
Going into the recording studio with Ian Shaw and Paul Bevoir, both former producers of The Moment, Rinaldi set out to make an album of orchestrated pop music, reminiscent of the late nineteen-sixties bubblegum soul of such artists as Love Affair and The Foundations.
The first single from the album, a cover version of Tony Christie’s "Avenues And Alleyways", was released by Tangerine Records on 10 May 2004. The album, What's It All About?, was finally released on 21 February 2005, and was described by British newspaper the Daily Mail as an album "of time travel pop [that] oozes with fab Sixties kitsch and wouldn't have sounded out of place in a Carnaby Street boutique". Several of the album's songs were inspired by films, including "A Matter of Life and Death". "Come Fly With Me" was released as a single on 14 March 2005.
After touring with his six-piece band throughout 2005, Steve Rinaldi spent much of 2006 writing material for his second album, Bingo. Co-produced by Steve Rinaldi and Paul Bultitude, Bingo was released on 4 August 2008.
Collaborations and session work
Steve Rinaldi has made guest appearances with many other artists, both on stage and in the studio, including The Jetset, Squire, Long Tall Shorty, David Cairns, Mark Joseph, Katie Buckhaven, Ian Page, and with the reformed Secret Affair, with whom he regularly tours. As a session player he has frequently appeared in London's West End and has toured Japan as a member of The Glenn Miller Orchestra. He also played trombone and sang backing vocals on the recording of the Mod Aid 20 charity record "Whatcha Gonna Do About It", appearing on the recording with Ron Wood, PP Arnold, Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock, Censored, Reg Presley and Chris Farlowe.
- NME, 4 September 2004