Spotlight: Steve Schultz; for Fans of Ben Folds, Billy Joel and Rob Thomas

By on August 26, 2013



SingerSongwriter, Pop, Rock, Indie 

Ben Folds, Billy Joel, Gavin DeGraw, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas 

Poughkeepsie, NY 

Singer-songwriter Steve Schultz’s uplifting introspection as a lyricist and anthemic musicality has garnered him favorable comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Ben Folds. After a well-received debut, the Hudson Valley, New York based artist returns with, Over The Edge, a watershed album of creativity with fresh pop-rock instrumentation and timeless songcraft.

Steve has received airplay on multiple radio stations, and been a featured guest on many radio and television shows. In 2010, he was awarded admission to the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame writers workshop, and had previously participated in the esteemed ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo in Los Angeles and the Columbia Arts Team’s annual Songwriting Festival, featuring Paul Leka (“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”) and Jeff Silbar (“Wind Beneath My Wings”). He has shared the stage with such notables as Jeff Silbar, John Powhida (of The Rudds), and Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club. He is also the lead singer and keyboardist for the in-demand rock and soul cover band, In the Pocket (a.k.a. ITP). Recently, he built Bottoms Up Recording Studio with bassist Seth Rivers and drummer Chris Snykus.

His richly emotive vocals, refined piano playing, and refreshing sincerity are captivatingly distinct. The essential elegance of “Shadow” with just piano and vocal is a stirringly stately “what could have been” love song. With soulful boldness he sings: Well, it’s amazing how the time has passed/Between us nothing seems to change/You live your life and I live mine/That’s what we became. The uptempo “A Kind Of Faith” is unflinchingly positive, buoyant with rollicking piano, shimmering organ, and a goose-bump inducing sax solo. With sweeping strings, the stunning “Eldridge Avenue” is bittersweetly emotional. It’s a song about chasing your dreams in the face of the painful realities of growing up. “That’s sort of a metaphor for the life of a musician,” Steve says. “You see friends around you getting real jobs, buying houses, and having kids. They’re waiting for you on this mythical avenue, but you’re just trying to find your way with your career goals.”

Steve began his musical journey in fourth grade playing trumpet, but found his creative path in the life-affirming rock n’ roll of Bruce Springsteen and the thoughtful piano rock of Billy Joel and Elton John, and later, Ben Folds. In 2007, he issued his debut A Thin Line. He has spent 3 years working on Over The Edge. The album was consumed by building the studio, and achieving the rich sonic tapestry of instrumentation he envisioned to bring his music to life. “Most people would have given up and said ‘screw it.’ I guess I’m stubborn or crazy or a little bit of both,” he says, recalling studio floods, crunching numbers for budgets, and accommodating busy schedules. The record was engineered and produced by Steve and his friend/bassist Seth Rivers. He launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to offset payments.

“Hard to believe it took this long and that I was able to get the quality I did,” he says with pride. “Three years is a long time. This record took so long I have enough material written for the next one! “


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.