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Born in California, Steve’s musical roots were planted early having played the piano and saxophone from age seven, and singing and studying music throughout high school. He quickly traveled to Europe to seek foreign adventures and expand his musical experience and after tasting the life as a working musician in Spain he actively pursued the path of a musical career. Steve returned to the US for a few years, where he further developed his pianist and vocal techniques, but was drawn back to the musical buzz of Europe and settled in Holland, which at the time was the musical epicenter of Europe.
Based in Holland, the band ‘American Gypsy’, whose original fusions of R&B, rock and electric jazz saw them forging an 18 year career touring extensively throughout Germany, Denmark, UK, Spain, and Belgian to become Europe’s frontier live funk and soul presence. Commercial success soon followed with a record deal and release of the album ‘American Gypsy’ that produced a string of hits, leading to numerous TV appearances and touring alongside accomplished and popular R&B, Jazz, and soul leaders: Chaka Khan, Hot Chocolate, Kool and the Gang, Crusaders, Mothers Finest, Level 42, Santana, James Cotton Blues Band, Charles Lloyd , Frank Zappa, Taj Mahal.
Steve’s musical inspiration and experience expanded to producing, songwriting. His collaborations extended to co-write with award winning producer/writer Narada Michael Walden (Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey); Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate), and Ashley Ingram (Desree and Imagination).
Steve’s composing and song writing from the American Gypsy album attracted the attention of contemporary musicians with Groove Armada re-recording “Whatever Whenever” on their album (originally titled “Inside Out”) and Neneh Cherry using "Golden Ring" on the album "Man".
The early 90’s transpired into a journey of personal development and freshly motivated optimism which saw Steve yearn for clean living and the integrity of character to take full advantage of every opportunity that crossed his path. It was this transformation that led to a chance meeting in Holland with CG Productions founder, Charles Graham. This subsequent partnership was instrumental in Steve moving to Australia in 1999 and starting the joint production company Miracle8.
Australia soaked up the fresh sounds of Steve and he has since carved a solid reputation as a performer, producer, artist development specialist, lecturer at SAE (School of Audio Engineering, Sydney), and popular session singer.
Steve’s stage presence continued to be strong on the international circuit and he highlighted his performance career supporting Tina Turner throughout her 1996 European tour.
Ever the popular crowd pleaser, Steve’s a frequent performer at various Australian and International jazz festivals and has also released three live recordings that express the ambience and energy of his live performances (‘Steve Clisby Live …Temple of Love’, ‘Steve Clisby Unplugged at The Basement’, ‘Steve Clisby Live II’). Steve’s originally composed album of noveau jazz beats and lounge sounds ‘New Beach Road’ has been released by the label Instinctive Travels.
The Steve Clisby band delivers its pure velvet sounds with Steve Clisby on vocals; Bill Risby on keyboard; Kere Buchannon on drums; Alex Hewetson on bass, Jonathan Pease on guitar; and Adrian Cunningham on saxophone.
Steve optimism and passion for life transfers effortlessly into his music and live performances, leaving a buzz that stays with the audience long after the music has stopped.