From appearing as a contestant on Stars In Their Eyes nearly 30 years ago, one Nottinghamshire musician has described going on to spearhead a touring theatre company and topping the Amazon Rock Chart.
Steve Steinman, from Newark, has had quite the career as a performer and it all started back in 1993 when he performed some of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits on TV.
He is now getting ready to release his debut album this year – music inspired by Jim Steinman (no relation) who wrote some of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits including ‘I Would Do Anything for Love.’
Nottinghamshire Live spoke to Steve about his forthcoming album, building on his TV appearance to launch Steve Steinman Productions, and his show at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena later this year.
The 55-year-old who is originally from Manchester said: “I perform music from Jim Steinman who wrote lots of hits. He’s a legend in the music industry and is well-known as the man behind Meat Loaf’s career success.
“I’ve been doing that for 30 years now since my performance on Stars In Their Eyes. When TV was good, that used to be a brilliant programme and I was running a restaurant at the time I was a contestant.
“It wasn’t a thing to go a TV show back then and then make it big. My performance gave me a big boost when I had to change route in the early 1990s. I ended up going into music.”
Prior to his total immersion in rock music, Steve had embarked on a career as a chef which led to him running his own restaurant.
It was during this time that Steve, encouraged by others who heard him sing, decided to apply to be a contestant on Stars in Their Eyes.
Last week he reached No. 1 on the Amazon Rock Chart and No. 2 on the iTunes Top 40 Rock Chart with his original new single ‘Leap of Faith’ from his forthcoming debut album ‘Take a Leap of Faith’ which is being released in autumn 2021.
The album also features Lorraine Crosby who now stars alongside Steve in his hit show Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story – which will be coming to Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on December 16, 2021.
Steve added: “The journey I’ve had has been mental, and it’s taken a lot of hard graft to get here.
“I’m on stage when I perform, but I’m in charge of the whole show too which I really like. It’s all grown to be quite a big company now and we tour across the UK.
“By touring I’ve built up a fan base and people stay in touch with you like that.
“I’m hoping the album can help raise my profile further. My single is already doing so much better than I thought it would.
“Looking back on it all, Stars In Their Eyes feels like the thing that has launched my whole career.”
Steve is also well known for his musical fantasy rock show ‘Vampires Rock’ which has attracted guest stars such as punk queen Toyah Willcox and U.S. rock guitarist Eddie O’Jeda from the band Twisted Sister.
Steve has since worked hard to extend that one magical Stars in Their Eyes night into a full-blown hugely successful career in the course of continuing to entertain his fan base as a performer, producer and promoter.
This was the beginning of a new life and a professional career in music. His first production, ‘The Meat Loaf Story’, which he also wrote, was so successful that it was subsequently performed at The London Palladium.
Vampires Rock is also touring from January to March 2022 taking in 23 dates around the UK.