More than a decade ago, guitarist and vocalist Steve Oliver burst onto the contemporary jazz scene with a sound so fresh, so positive, so bright, that he immediately became a favorite on radio stations with songs like “West End” and “Highway One.” The Weather Channel loved his music so much it put “Right Direction” into heavy rotation during its local weather breaks. Smooth Jazz News magazine named Oliver its Debut Artist of the Year.
Now, after four studio CDs, a Christmas project and a CD that captured his infectious live-on-stage energy, Oliver on March 30 returns with Global Kiss on SOM Entertainment. As the title makes clear, Global Kiss expands Oliver’s repertoire with its world-music energy while retaining the lyrical melodies and song hooks that have made him a fan favorite. 12 all-new original songs, all written by Oliver. Although Oliver plays a guitar synth he designed for the Carvin guitar company – one on which he can trigger orchestral, brass, piano and other sounds – Global Kiss is enhanced by top-notch studio musicians and several songs were recorded live in the studio. Oliver has one of the most compelling and warm voices in contemporary jazz, which he shows on Global Kiss’ three vocal tracks: “Life Goes On,” “Fearless” and “Take Me Away (Distant Shore).” Influenced by the world-music sounds of timeless artists such as Peter Gabriel, Pat Metheny and Ralph Towner as well as the wordplay of more contemporary artists like John Mayer and Jason Mraz. Steve Oliver, an innovative artist using his guitar and vocals like no one else.