Steve Clisby was the best kept secret in the country until a few years ago when the charismatic performer captivated audiences by getting through to the semi-finals on the TV talent juggernaut, The Voice, which was broadcast into more than two million living rooms weekly. Steve’s subsequent tour SOLD OUT 20 shows in record time.
Moving seamlessly from soul roots to contemporary revivalist soul, Steve Clisby’s live performances showcase supreme musicianship and legendary cool bringing with it a legion of loyal fans.
Now Steve Clisby begins another chapter broadcasting his music on the latest platforms, Instagram’s IGTV video channel, setting out to give the world a fresh interpretation to the newest generation of fans.
His journey is that of legends… broke and homeless in Torremolinos Spain, in the late sixties, the talented twenty-one-year-old decided to make music his life’s work. In the early seventies, he and seventeen musicians and friends followed the infamous Hendrix trail to Europe – and there they stayed, making Holland their base and beginning a two-decade career as American Gypsy.
A record deal, a string of hits and numerous television appearances cemented the group as the African American soul voice in Europe ‐touring alongside Chaka Khan, Hot Chocolate, Kool and the Gang, Crusaders, Mothers Finest, Level 42, Santana, Frank Zappa and Taj Mahal.
Since that time Clisby has toured numerous countries including Denmark, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, USA, UK and Australia. He has released a dozen albums and remained true to his musical dream.
In 1999 Steve Clisby made Australia his home and in 2013 Steve became a citizen.
“I connect with this country on so many levels. Australia is young and growing and change is part of the culture, politically, environmentally and artistically and anyone can be a part of the process. It is the most beautiful place I have ever been.”
Steve’s televised rediscovery brought about enormous recognition, it was also a profound personal and professional journey.
“It really forced me to let go,” he says. “I had to stop trying to control every little detail of my career. I learned to keep things simple and to get straight to the point.”
Having felt compelled from a very early age, Clisby credits the influences of church and gospel music as well as his mother’s vast record collection. Steve believes keeping the thread of his original influences throughout his career has been the key to remaining both authentic and contemporary.
“People like comfort and familiarity but they also like to be challenged. As long as there is respect between new school and old school, this music will continue to evolve.”
American Gypsy 1973
American Gypsy – Love is a Hazard 1980
Mylo Freeman 1990
Blue Blot 1996
Temple Of Love 1999
Live ll 2002
New Beach Road 2003
Around The World 2006
Unplugged Basement Live 2007
Golden Ring 2009
Soul Story 2012
Leave Me Dreaming 2015-2016
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