(keyboard, guitar, vocals)
I was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio where my father was the minister at Grace Brethren Church. That's where it began; me standing on a step stool between my parents, singing in church.
My mother taught me to play piano, but when I discovered a guitar stashed in the corner of my uncle's closet, I instantly wanted to ditch the piano and go to “the dark side.”
My parents finally broke down and bought me a guitar for my 12th birthday. When I learned enough chords (3 of them), I started writing my own songs. After high school, I took that guitar and my songs to local college coffee houses and concerts.
What followed was years of performing in clubs and lounges, locally as well as nationally; as a single, in duos, trios, rock bands and show groups. (Full list here)
In 1979, I met and studied voice and piano with a brilliant musician and vocal coach, Herb Buchanan Eidemiller (Dionne Warwick, Eydie Gorme, Teresa Brewer), who had moved back to Covington Ohio from New York City when his wife became ill.
In 1980, I recorded an album of original music at Cybertecnics in Dayton Ohio, titled "Girls Don't Play Rock and Roll .”
In 2000, I also recorded a CD of 11 contemporary Christian songs “He Touched Me” at Encore Studios in Dayton.
My latest project is a CD titled "Vagabond;” a collection of original songs as well as a few covers.
You can listen to samples of Vagabond and purchase the CD here
Steve was born into a family of professional musicians, his father was a multi- horn player and his mother was a big band singer. Steve's 1st performances were singing solos in church at 5 years old. Then the trumpet, bassoon, tuba and guitar lessons began from 5 to 9 years old. At 10 he began playing bass guitar and by 12 had found his "niche", playing bass and singing in his 1st rock band.
Through his teen years he was torn between playing bassoon in state and national honors groups and performing in local rock bands. He did his 1st national concert appearances when he was still in high school and entered Wittenberg University's School of Music. By 21 he had played in the band with or opened shows for "Rare Earth", " Guess Who", "Tina Turner", "BTO", "Lee Michaels", "Golden Earring", "Johnny Winter" etc.
At this point Steve began turning down touring opportunities to spend more time at home. He began playing local Dayton clubs 5 & 6 nights a week while teaching music at Sinclair College and the University of Dayton. During this time he also played shows with "The Diamonds", "Joey Heatherton", Nancy Sinatra", "Frieda Payne", "The Coasters" and "Dionne Warwick".
During this period he was also a regular on several local TV network affiliate shows in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. Steve appeared with many celebrities on these shows: "Dion", "Sonny Bono", "David Brenner" , "George Carlin" etc.
In the mid 80"s, Steve returned 1st to fusion/ funk bands and then to top 40 rock and roll appearing in the tri- state area 3 and 4 nights per week.He also did shows in this era with "The Crystals," "Leon Russell" , The Vogues" and "Dave Mason". He was known as "Buttszilla" in the 70's and 80's and is remembered that way by many concert goers.
Steve has over 50 recording credits, owns Stone Ridge Horse Stables, Stone Ridge Studios and Stone Ridge Salons. He has been, and is currently, a member of several of the most popular bands in Ohio. "The Wizards", "Airborn", The Dinosaurs", "Fallen Angels", Cornerstone", "Time Machine" and "Pocket Aces". Most recently he played bass and sang in the Tommy Tutone band (867-5309) .Steve has done over 6,000 live shows from small clubs to arenas and still "loves the music".
Gary Hill Entertainment
With over 40 years experience in the music business, Gary has toured 28 states, 3 provinces of Canada, and was held over for 6 months in Bermuda. Gary has played and/or produced literally thousands of recording sessions.
He also produces and performs with the Double Eagles Tribute Band, Fleetwood Dreams (Fleetwood Mac tribute band), and works as a solo act as well.
Gary Hill Music