Steve Balsamo starred as Jesus in the 1996 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. He has toured with Elton John and Deep Purple and even gave singing lessons to Robert Plant!
His advice: make friends, learn from your mistakes and search for inspiration.
Your singing philosophy?
As I get older I realize that singing for me is not necessarily about hitting high notes or histrionics, but much more about the quality and connection.
How have you trained your voice?
I have studied many vocal techniques including Mongolian Throat singing, as a way to reveal different aspects as well as giving me different vocal colours. It has opened up a whole world of ancient devotional singing. The voice can be an extremely powerful healing tool, and in some ways singing has become a spiritual thing!
One influential singer, and what it is that makes them stand out to you?
Lisa Gerrard. Stunning ability and a holistic approach to the art of singing which for me reaches unfathomable depths of emotion and connection.
Biggest challenge to breaking out and sharing your music with new people?
These days there is so much music, so much noise and it seems that it’s all been done, that saying something different or being original is very tough.
Something’s that’s worked for you in reaching a larger audience?
Writing some good songs, as some have been used in films. Sync is the golden goose of the moment.
A performance FAIL?
I don’t see anything as failure, as it’s all learning…but sometimes that learning is in front of an audience!
A performance SUCCESS?
Singing Gethsemane at The Ahoy in Rotterdam. The song, the amazing band and my performance that day came together, and I managed to ‘get out of my own way’ and connect.
A vocal lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Plenty of water, plenty of rest. Warm ups and warm downs are important, and obviously don’t smoke.
A few ingredients of a memorable vocal performance?
Song, connection, venue, occasion, ‘bringing it’.
Steve Balsamo is a self-confessed student of the voice. He is currently working with Rosalie Deighton as Balsamo Deighton. The debut Americana/singer songwriter influenced album ‘Unfolding’ is released February 5th, 2016.