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Steve Nelson: Bio

A Steve Nelson fan at Nashville’s storied Bluebird Café said it best:  “It’s as if his songs have been in my life all along but it just took me a while to discover them."

The entertainment industry has certainly noticed:  Steve is two-time winner of the SESAC Americana Music Award, received an Emmy nomination for Sesame Street and scored two Emmy-winning TV series, and contributed to the recent Grammy-nominated Guy Clark album, “Workbench Songs.”  After quietly slipping us songs all these years via the voices of pop megastars (Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Paul Anka), Nashville legends (Guy Clark, Doug Stone), outrageously famous puppets (Sesame Street), and the world’s most popular bear (Winnie the Pooh theme song), in the last decade, Steve has gotten back out to perform favorite songs you may already know – plus a shimmering collection of new ones.  Some of those, appear on two recent albums of his own that were beautifully produced by Grammy winner Don Henry.  Evident throughout are Steve’s hard-won life experience, relentless honesty, mischievous humor and deep social conscience.

Along the path that has led him from his New York roots to California and then to Nashville, Steve has built on the work of the artists he loves most – The Beatles, Woody Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Randy Newman – to create his own signature blend of styles.  That path continues to feed Steve’s ongoing artistic growth, clearly evident on his latest release, “Distance Over Time.”  From its poignant opening track (“John’s Pond,” featuring Bruce Hornsby), this impeccable, engaging, and timeless tapestry of songs, further establishes Steve as an enduring – and endearing – original voice of American music. 

Steve currently resides in Easthampton, MA.