I grew up in a small area called Elkview, West Virginia (just outside of Charleston). As a young child, I developed a deep love for music and quickly learned many of the songs sang at our church. Singing was all I ever wanted to do and while other kids were playing with trucks, BB guns and going fishing, I found a way of making microphones out of anything possible to sing with.
The greatest day of my life occurred on Mother's Day, 1976. While driving home from church that Sunday evening, I began asking questions about Heaven, Hell and what it meant to be saved. My father and a close family friend prayed with me and kneeling down on a piano stool, I invited Jesus to come into my heart. Though unable to remember every aspect of the experience, I knew something amazing happened. A few years later, God began dealing with me about preaching and since I wanted to make sure it was Him calling, various ministers were contacted for wisdom on how to respond to this situation. Each of them said, "If it's God, you won't be able to rest". Again on a Sunday evening following church, I went up to my bedroom and said "God, if you want me to begin preaching, I surrender". Soon after, my parents were told about the calling on my life. My mother responded by saying, "What do you think we've been raising you for all these years??"
In the early 80's, my father began the ministry of preaching. Whenever he accepted speaking engagements in various churches, I would go along and provide the special music prior to the message. Before long, those same pastors began calling and inviting me to sing at revival services, youth rallies and other special events.
In 1983, I competed in the Elk Valley Christian School Talent Search and won first place for the Junior and Senior high divisions. Three years later, I competed in The First Annual Tri-State Talent Search in Huntington, WV with other participants from around the country. It was here I won the grand prize of recording an album in Knoxville, TN. This would be my first studio project titled "Steve Sings Your Favorites". In April 1986, I again participated in two competitions at the West Virginia ACE State Convention. It was here I earned the gold medal for the male solo division and silver for the mixed duet division.
In 1991, another project was recorded called "Reviving", using songs I had written over a four year period. The most popular and well received song on the album was and still is "Thou Art There".
In 1995, another musical career began. I was afforded various opportunities to perform the National Anthem. Since that time, God has opened doors for me to work with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds (Major League Baseball). Other doors also opened to sing for the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), the University of Kentucky Men's basketball team, the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), and the Charlotte Sting (WNBA). In the same year, another milestone was achieved for our ministry, when the first of several invitations were extended to perform for the Trinity Broadcasting Network in Richmond, Indiana.
In the Fall of 2013, another trip to the studio became possible; as work began on the project, "Determined". This new CD featured 10 songs including: "O Most High", "Go With God", "Hanging By A Thread" and also the title track, "Determined". As with the previous record "Reviving", it was also released on the Jettstream label for airplay and marketing purposes.
The Summer of 2015 offered a chance to release the project, ''We Stand As One'', a song written and recorded in honor of those affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This title track was sent to radio stations around America and charted at #66 in the Singing News Top 80 (October, 2015). Other songs included, "Here To Proclaim", "Bleeding Heart", "Swimming With Crocodiles" and "Lend Me Your Strength".
Though ministering through singing and songwriting is my passion, I am also the proud father of four wonderful children. Two sons, Drew and Brayden and two daughters, Heidi (deceased) and Hope.