about steve



There's so much to say, where do I start? Really, I'm a lucky guy. I've had the opportunity to make my living doing what I would do for free. I write songs. I sing songs. I try to get other people to sing my songs. And while I'm doing all of that, I make time to pass on the things I've learned. I teach. That's me in a nutshell.
Steve received his Bachelors Degree in Guitar/Jazz Studies from Morehead State University in Morehead Ky.

After teaching privately in Tallahassee, Fl. for eight years, Steve moved to Nashville in 1992. He was signed to a staff songwriting position at EMI Music Publishing shortly thereafter, where he had songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, and Neal McCoy, to name a few.

Steve earned a Grammy Certificate for the title cut to Ricky Skaggs' 2004 "Brand New Strings" which won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year.

Steve left EMI after nine years, and signed with Stage Three Music Publishing in 2005.

From 2007-2014 he maintained a career as an independent songwriter and music publisher, with songs recorded by Darryl Worley and Darius Rucker.

As an educator, Steve was Adjunct Professor of Jazz History at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, FL. from 1991-1992.

Steve is a popular songwriting clinician, and has held workshops all over the country at places like Morehead State University, Morehead, KY., Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN., Belmont University, Nashville, TN., Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA., Nashville Songwriters Association International, and NSAI Chapters in Toronto Canada.

Steve has reviewed book proposals for Oxford University Press, taught songwriting courses online via Skype, and mentored students privately in his home.

From 2011-2014, Steve was Adjunct Professor of Songwriting at Belmont University, in Nashville, TN.

In April 2013, Steve was one of four internationally selected candidates to interview for the Chair of the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA.

As a recording artist, Steve has two albums available; "In The Middle", and "Greater Gravity".

He has also written and produced a CD, with DVD, "Beautiful Love", introducing adult-contemporary artist Britt Lane.

Steve lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Amy, a fifth-grade public school educator, and 2009 Teacher of the Year! He has two sons, Steven and Jacob.

Steve is currently in the final production stages of a newly written musical, "Umbrella": a romantic comedy featuring twenty-one original songs. He is also writing a book of essays on the craft of songwriting.

In 2014, along with business partner and fellow songwriter Gary Reamey, Steve started SNG Music, LLP.