His father is a singer/songwriter from Liverpool/England, who was a guitarist and bandmember of the Australian band Max Merrit and the Meteors. His grandfather sang opera to the troops during world war II.
In his early years in London (Henley), Steve formed the band Endever, which was supported by the all-star band The Dolphins (with members of Brand X, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac). He later worked with Robin Lumley (Brand X) on projects at Alley Cat studios/Reading.
While living in England, Steve also played principal characters in professional theater musicals, such as Broadway’s “Hair” (US cast-European tour), “Godspell,” and a rendition of The Who’s “Tommy” at the Apollo Theatre in Oxford Musical Pics. He later worked with Simon Townshend on a project produced by Martin Rushent.
2012 – Working for the USA (w4USA)
Steve Cooke’s single “Working for the USA”, was commercially released on Sept 3rd 2012. It won best song in Americana at the Hollywood Music and Media awards in 2009 and the album won Best Album at the Malibu Music Awards 2012. http://tinyurl.com/clxvfvb . “w4USA” features Robbie Burns (Dave Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Jon Lord, the Dolphins, Ian Paice) on bass and Maxayn Lewis on backing vocals. The song is featured already with front cover on the FMQB radio sampler & news and is impacting on Triple A radio.
The video features musician like Jeff Kollman on guitar, Steve Stephens on drums, Marcus Brown on bass and Laura Wilde on guitar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0YcAYsSZZ0
The album “Working for the USA” (release date Sept 22nd 2012) was recorded with Phil Rudd in Phil’s studio in Tauronga/New Zealand (tracking Phil Rudd, produced by Steve Cooke & Maurice Cook). One of the songs of this album, “Live for the Moment”, already achieved national airplay on National Radio, More FM in New Zealand and stadium airplay during Rugby and Cricket games internationally. “Live for the Moment” also broke a Radio airplay record in Germany.
2010 – 2011 Radio/Paramount Sessions
Steve recorded a studio album for a label at Paramount recording studios in Hollywood California (mixed at the House of Blues studios/CA). For this album “Radio” (produced by 2x Grammy award winner Bob Cutarella ), Steve is backed by an all star band including Monte Pittman on guitar), Phil X on lead Marcus Brown on bass & keys, Steve Sidelnyk, and Niki Haris on backing vocals. This album later got bundled with Adam Lamberts album by the label and was released as “The Paramount Sessions” in late 2011. ”Paramount Sessions” achieved album of the month in Germany with Antenne 1 and gained airplay all over Germany in early 2012. Steve Cooke’s song from the original album “Radio” achieved airplay in the United States already earlier.2 videos have been made featuring some of the above musicians (Radio & Gravity)Videos
2012 – 2013 Mercury Feather (Steve Cooke & Monte Pittman)
Steve Cooke has co-written an album with guitarist Monte Pittman (The Mercury Feather project). The first single “Bad Girl” got released for Madonna’s Superbowl performance and already had airplay in Los Angeles. The second single “Need your Love” was released later in 2012, featuring Indian American actor Jay Tavare in the video.
2014 ”Change is Gonna Come”
Steve Cooke’s new single for 2014. Highly acclaimed producer Kevin Dorsey produced the all star band at Paramount studios in Los Angeles. The lineup features Sam Sims (Michael Jackson) on bass, Tommy Organ (Michael Jackson) & Ricky Rouse (Bobby Womack) on guitars, Michael White (Whitney Houston) on drums and Daniel Moore (Jennifer Hudson) on keys.
Musicians he is working with
Steve collaborates with many session players like Monte Pittman (Madonna) , Ric Fierabracci, Jeff Kollman, Shane Galaas (The B’z), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty), Tommy Joe Raftliff (Adam Lambert), JP Cervioni, Phil X (Bon Jovi) and many others. Steve Cooke performs regularly in Los Angeles and Europe.
Styles and method
Steve Cooke’s style can be described as a marriage of Blues, Hard rock, Americana and Acoustic music, topped with heavy choruses, lots of light and shade and dynamic singing.
Cooke’s vocal influences are most commonly cited among late-sixties and early-seventies rock/blues singers. His guitar antics and stage persona are commonly traced to 60′s and 70′s Rock era. He also plays a 12 string guitar and has invented a new tuning. Strongest guitar influences are Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Peter Townsend.
Steve Cooke plays a hand made German 12 string, a 6 string acoustic Guild and a burgundy Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and a Jarrell acoustic 6 string. When playing live, he uses a Marshall JTM 45,a Highwatt and a Vox AC 15.
Steve Cooke is currently endorsed by Jarrell Guitars and Syemour Duncan pickups, Shubb capos.
Awards & recognition
Voting Grammy member
2009 Winner Hollywood Music and Media Awards - Best Song Americana (Working for the USA)
2012 Winner Malibu Music and Media Awards – Best Album (Working for the USA)