1/6/2012 Go go Jango!
now has tracks playing on Jango internet radio.
I hear voices...
it is at long last! The world premier of andabrek,
live, in its entirety, with an extremely talented live band and featuring
forty members of the fabulous VoiceWorx
We've been given three spots at this year's Exeter Fringe Festival, all at what is surely Exeter's loveliest venue - The Barnfield Theatre.
Eurovision - "Nowhere near rubbish enough!"
had a lengthy conversation with Tiger Aspect following the broadcast of
the programme and it seems that his lyrics may have been found to be a
little too serious for Justin to use. Naturally Steve is disappointed
by this, as it was his belief at the time of writing the song that the
UK was poorly regarded by Eurovision for not taking the competition seriously
enough. Of course in the confusion Steve wrote the song thinking it was
for the UK, whereas Justin was attempting to represent Ireland and maybe
this was also a factor in the decision not to use the song.
Eurovision - Free Download
Switch (Eurovision demo)
All for charity
played at the recent benefit concert at The Corn Exchange which raised
nearly £1500 for the children of Haiti - a fantastic effort by Kiss
This,The Reoffenders, El-Cojones and everybody involved on the night.
All for charity
is due to appear as a guest at two charity events for the Haiti Earthquake
appeal to play his new single 'New Friends' specially written for the
Going all commercial
A new year brings fresh enthusiasm and hope for things to come. With that in mind we are running an advertising campaign on Exeter FM which will last up until the end of February. If you'd like to hear the commercial you can either tune in to Exeter FM of course on 107.3 or listen online at exeter.fm or you can hear it right here on the audio page.
a very hectic Christmas Steve has finally found time to record and mix
the song that he performed OpenMic 2009. You can download it for free
from his MySpace
We're still awaiting news regarding Eurovision 2010. After the hectic rush to submit the demo and sign the contract with the TV company all has gone quiet. Let's hope no news is good news!
Well it's nearly the end of the year and probably the last update from me until 2010.
I've been so busy I still haven't managed to get 'round to recording the podcast or the OpenMic song which so many of you have requested, but I'm hoping to do at least one of those things very very soon.
andabrek is still going strong and recently I've been getting some very positive fan mail - wow, I can't believe I'm typing the words "fan mail" in my own newsletter!
most exciting news though is that I have teamed up with the gorgeous and
super talented Marina Costigan and submitted an entry for next year's
Eurovision Song Contest.
If you'd like to listen to the song I recorded specially for BBC Radio Devon a couple of years ago, (which was also considered by Cliff Richard's management for a Christmas Single!) then please click the icon.
I hope you all have an utterly brilliant Christmas and that all your heads don't hurt too much on New Year's Day ;o)
12/11/2009 Close - but no cigar! A personal message from Steve.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that voted for me, I know a few of you that voted many times. I really am so grateful.
I led the regional vote and then joined the national table in 2nd place. The night before the vote closed I had slid to 4th, but then with all your help I moved up the table again to 3rd place which is where I finished.
means I didn't make it through to the national final but it was a close
run thing. Bearing in mind that
I also came 3rd in the "Exposure Award" (ooh err! - I
think they mean publicity) for the South West region for which again I
thank Vic Morgan at BBC Radio Devon, James Santer at Exeter FM and Graham
Exeter FM & Palm FM - Acoustic Exclusive
Steve had a great time on Tuesday on Exeter FM. He was on air from 8 til 9pm and had a lovely relaxed chat with James Santer and played a couple of tracks from 'andabrek' as well as his own acoustic version of Howard Jones' hit 'What is love'.
Last night Steve recorded three interviews with Graham Russell at Palm FM. One is online at http://www.palm.fm/p/the-7-11-evening-show, one should be going out on air tonight at about 8:45pm, and the last one tomorrow night at the same time. As well as chatting to Graham about andabrek and OpenMic 2009, Steve specially recorded three acoustic songs for the show: Angry Man from andabrek, What is love (as previewed by James Santer) and Candle in the wind. You will be able to hear "Angry Man" as part of tonight's broadcast and "What is love" tomorrow. We're not sure when "Candle in the wind" is being broadcast!
Tune in on 105.5FM or online at http://palm.fm
needs your vote to help him through to the national finals, so please
come along on October 31st to
Steve continues to impress!
receiving the glowing appraisal of andabrek from the music industry professionals
at Caragan Music (click
here to read the full review), Steve has been selected by the
judges of this year's OpenMic competition to go through to the regional
final in Bristol at the end of October.
Live & Acoustic
playing just piano, has teamed up with Dr Dave Sanderson on guitar and
they have created an acoustic selection of material from andabrek. Dave
is a very highly regarded and respected musician from Exeter and Steve
is thrilled to have him on board.
No passport required!
Last night, Steve was interviewed about Andabrek by John Hogarth on Torbay's local radio, Palm FM. A recording of the interview is on the audio page.
The first US sale!
the good news today that Andabrek has made it's first sale in the US.
The full launch party interview on BBC Radio Devon
Last night, Vic Morgan broadcast the full interview with Steve which took place at the launch party on 6th April at The Showman. It's over ten minutes long! You can hear a recording of the broadcast on the audio page.
Steve's appearance on Exeter FM
Steve appeared on James Santer's show on Exeter FM where he chatted to
James about the album and played two tracks from it. Steve was also given
the opportunity to play two other tracks that were influential or meaningful.
His first choice was 'New Song' by Howard Jones as the song that influenced
him the most as a musician and explained that the song had opened his
eyes to a whole new way of thinking. Steve's second choice was purely
of the moment; he chose 'About my Garden' by unsigned artiste Bryn Morgan
Evans in memory of Norah Andrew who sadly lost her battle with cancer
earlier this month. James will be featuring tracks from the album for
the rest of this week on his show which starts at 8pm.
launch took place at The Showman in Cowick Street, Exeter, Sunday 5th
April. The event was a fun filled evening including an exclusive video
where Stephen James talked about the album and gave the guests an insight
to what lies behind the songs. That was followed by a full length video
accompanying the album and there were competitions and prizes too. The
event was well attended by many of Steve's fans and special guests were
Vic Morgan and Kirstin Neilson Hunter both presenters from BBC Radio Devon.
Vic Morgan (who won the totally loony launch the album competition) made
a short speech in which he said that he hoped that the album got the success
it deserved and that if anyone deserved success it was Stephen James.
Vic broadcast a short feature on Steve on the breakfast show, Wednesday
8th April, including playing an interview which took place at the launch
party and will hopefully be playing tracks off the album when he's back
on his regular late night show in a couple of weeks time. You can hear
the broadcast of the interview on the audio
Andabrek launched today