“Dear IRS” was a sensation on tax day 2006. The last decade has certainly been an eventful one in Corporate America, and when the song was released on his CD “Just Take a Sick Day,” the effect was palpable to the taxpaying public. It and other songs were well received and immediately became popular on satellite (XM Radio) and terrestrial radio stations around the country. The CD “Just Take a Sick Day” was ranked #47 on the Folk Roots Music Chart.
Steven Zelin received a fair amount of press thereafter on the Joey Reynolds Show (WOR) on tax day and made the New York Daily News on April 17th performing his song “Dear I.R.S.” at the main Manhattan post office. Subsequent, he was a featured CPA in the Spotlight section for “The Trusted Professional, ” the NYSSCPA publication. Steven was a hit as the featured entertainer at the annual New York CPA Conference in July 2006. Most recently he was profiled in the February 2007 issue of CFO magazine. http://www.cfo.com/article.cfm/8581936/c_8613584?f=magazine_alsoinside
Steven Zelin, the Singing CPA, grew up in Brooklyn, NY and started singing and counting right away. He was exposed to a wide variety of music at sleep away camp at age 12 but was inspired most by the campfire sing alongs which included meaningful songs that Steven still enjoys singing (i.e. Blowing in the Wind, Imagine) today.
At age 17, Steven traded in his violin for a guitar when he was blown away by "Silent Lucidity" (by Queensryche). He played lead guitar in high school and in college he started writing his own songs.
People say there’s a link between math and music, and this notion seemed to play out for real in Steven's life. As he studied accounting at Alfred University he was also playing and studying music, and as he landed his first job at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was playing his first “performance” gig at the Orange Bear in downtown New York City. When he became a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) it became only natural to let this complement his songwriting and performances in other venues.
Steven enjoys working with other talented artists and songwriters and regularly co-writes with Judy Klass, Steven Allard, and Mark Donohoe. He also records songs with Fred Bogert, a twice nominated GRAMMY producer.
You may have actually witnessed him yourself around New York City as he performed witty and quirky music on radio, in cabaret bars, comedy clubs, coffee houses, private parties, and corporate events all around the city. He has also been spotted in the occasional show in a post office, airport, library, school, and at such far flung places as the Great Wall of China!
Steven chooses places where the understated tone of his work can create an immediate bond with fans and supporters, since these settings allow for the moments to reflect the confusions and ironies of contemporary life. His music seems deceptively simple, but as the songs unfold, the comic underbelly emerges. His musical style uniquely captures many amusing cross-currents facing today’s young, smart city dweller. Businesspeople can also relate to his tongue-in-cheek songs about taxes and Corporate America.
Steven is now working on a CD focusing on accounting and business related songs, and also CDs in Spanish and French! He enjoys writing clever customized songs honoring retiring executives or celebrating birthdays of family members.