Watch List: Steve Smyth Wants To Know When 'A Change Is Gonna Come'
Stirred by passions that reside in the depths of his being, Australian singer/songwriter Steve Smyth draws on the rawest of energies as he delivers, with his voice alone, a compelling rendition of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'; losing himself in the moment, his voice imbued with a blisteringly primal intensity, the guttural, husky rumble of which sears the senses, he communes with his humanity while transporting himself to a place deep in his soul, wading in the deepest currents of emotion and feeling as he offers up the classic call to hope.
Born the son of traveling ministers, Smyth learned the guitar at an early age, and went on to have his folk/blues/rock inspired musical instincts sparked by the discovery of influences as diverse as Leadbelly, Carol King, Radiohead, Nirvana, Tim Buckley, and Bob Dylan. After playing both solo and in bands during his teenage years, he followed his nomadic instincts to Europe and the U.K., touring with Angus & Julia Stone and playing numerous festivals. Releasing his debut album, 'Release', he continued to tour, both at home and abroad, including supporting The Killers, before signing with Sydney-based Ivy League Records as he worked on his soon to be released album, 'Exits'.
Having worked on the album at Echo Park in Los Angeles with Joey Waronker (Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke, Beck) and Gus Seyffert (The Black Keys, Norah Jones), and having given a taste of what to expect with the earlier release of 'Shake It' and 'Written Or Spoken', Smyth is set for a 46 date tour of Australia from August through December.