Hailed as a “topnotch performer” by Daily Variety’s Joel Hirschhorn, Steve Kirwan breathes a certain truth and honesty into any music and lyric set before him. Easily delivering vocal performances with an uncommon depth and range, he charms listeners, creating a renewed intimacy between audience and artist. In small rooms, jazz clubs or on a theatre stage, Steve’s nuance, timing and unabashed connection to the music draws the audience in.
It was the late Rosemary Clooney who taught Steve to live each song in the moment. Both performing on stage and recording with her, he learned first-hand how to give songs life, vibrancy and clarity. “Songs are written about a single moment in time – a thought that comes to your mind of an experience or memory. I think of each song I sing as a scene from a play,” he once said. As Steve developed his own contemporary style, he sought to retain deep roots in the old school tradition and acknowledges teachers and cabaret stars like Julie Wilson, Marilyn Lovell, Margaret Whiting and Kay Starr for their influence.
Steve’s second CD, “Steppin’ ‘Round The Yellow Brick Road” is a tribute album to the Harold Arlen songbook. Produced by record industry veteran and three-time Grammy® Award-winner Denny Diante, the collection features some of Arlen’s best loved tunes set in never-before-heard arrangements. Steve’s first CD, “Blame It On My Heart” received critical acclaim following its 1999 release. The debut album contained a collection of songs written by Steve and lyricist Ken Klar.
A singer/songwriter and graduate of the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theatre Cabaret Symposium, Steve has over 80 recordings to his credit and has shared the microphone with both classic and contemporary artists. He was a featured soloist with the twice Grammy® Award-nominated L.A. Jazz Choir, and a session singer for Hal Leonard Publishing. Steve has recorded albums with Rosemary Clooney, Jack Sheldon and Bebu Selvetti and performed in concert with Gary Morris, Linda Ronstadt, Lucie Arnaz and the late Steve Allen. His theatre performances include: FALSETTOS; 1940'S RADIO HOUR; THE GIFT; THE CHOSEN; GODSPELL; CAMELOT; EVERYTHING’S COMING UP HITS; BROADWAY SINGS OUT!; WORKING; and THE MELODY LINGERS ON – THE SONGS OF IRVING BERLIN. Steve’s film and television credits include: ANYWHERE BUT HERE (20th Century Fox); THE JUDDS: LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE (NBC); and RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET with Frank Sinatra Jr. (TelMax Films). He has worked along side some of America’s best loved songwriters including: Hal David (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”); Carol Hall (“Hard Candy Christmas”); Charles Fox (“Killing Me Softly”); Amanda McBroom (“The Rose”); Arthur Hamilton (“Cry Me A River”); Ray Evans (“Silver Bells”); and Gloria Sklerov (“I Just Fall In Love Again”).