Steve Walsh (musician)

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Steve Walsh
Steve Walsh - Kansas 2012.jpg
Steve Walsh performing in 2012, photo by Wayne Camlin
Background information
Born (1951-06-15) June 15, 1951 (age 63)
St. Louis, Missouri
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Progressive rock, hard rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, vibraphone
Associated acts Kansas, Streets

Steve Walsh (born June 15, 1951) is a musician and singer-songwriter best known for his work as a member of the American progressive rock band Kansas.[1] He sings lead on Kansas' four best-known hits: "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind", "Point of Know Return", and "All I Wanted", the last two of which he also co-wrote.

Career[edit]

Walsh was in a number of local groups prior to his joining Kansas, most notably a group named "White Clover" which ultimately became Kansas. The band White Clover toured relentlessly and sharpened their brand of distinctively American, hard-rocking progressive music. When the group was being signed to Don Kirshner's label their name was changed to Kansas.

During Walsh's time with the band, Kansas recorded two enormously successful albums, 1976's Leftoverture and 1977's Point of Know Return. With Kansas, Walsh has released 12 studio albums, six live albums, and numerous singles. He has released three solo albums thus far.

Walsh left Kansas after 1980's Audio-Visions due to philosophical differences with the band's primary song writer Kerry Livgren. Earlier in 1980, he released his first solo album, Schemer-Dreamer, which included band mates Kerry Livgren, Rich Williams and Phil Ehart, as well as guitarist Steve Morse (who in 1985 would join the revamped Kansas). It contains the popular song "Every Step of the Way". In 1982 he formed a rock band called Streets, which released the albums 1st in 1983 and Crimes in Mind in 1985 before disbanding.

Steve Walsh in 2008, by Randy Idleman

As a guest vocalist, Steve Walsh has appeared on numerous other artists' recordings.

Kansas (who had obtained a different vocalist, John Elefante) split in 1984, but reformed in 1985 with Walsh back on board. He has remained with the band ever since.

Walsh released his second solo album, entitled Glossolalia, in 2000. His third, Shadowman followed in 2005, with the collaboration of such musicians as Joe Franco on drums, Joel Kosche on guitars and bass, and David Ragsdale on violin on the song "After".

Steve continues to tour with Kansas as their lead singer and sole keyboardist. He contributes guest vocals for different acts from time to time.

On June 30, 2014, Steve announced he would retire from Kansas after 41 years. This was publicized through a statement posted on the bands official Facebook page on July 2: "On June 30, 2014, Steve Walsh informed the members of KANSAS that he is resigning from the band. His last performance with KANSAS will be August 16, 2014, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As KANSAS continues on, the band wishes Steve only the best in his future endeavors, and thanks him for the 41 years."

Personal life[edit]

Steve Walsh was born June 15, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was adopted as an infant and grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended St James Catholic School and is a 1969 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is married and he has a son named Blue who was born in 1980, a daughter who was born in 1999, and another son in 2006.

Discography[edit]

Solo

Streets

Contributions

Kansas

Studio Albums
Live Albums
Compilations

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". kansasband.com. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 

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