In honor of Good Friday here’s an amazing version of the song Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar performed by Steve Balsamo. 

When I was growing up in London, England I went to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre, many times. Contrary to what some people thought, that Superstar was sacrilegious, it actually opened me up to exploring more of who Jesus was and is.  It actually assisted greatly in my own spiritual journey.  To this day I love, love, love the music from Jesus Christ Superstar.

Steve Balsamo”s success in music is an inspirational story of what can happen when we really stay true to following our passion.    

Thrown out of his school choir and told he couldn’t sing, Welsh-born Steve put his creative energies into art for a while, yet never forgot about  singing.  When he was 17 he decided to follow his musical passion and for the next few years formed several bands and mainly performed classic rock songs.

Steve turned down a spot at Bristol University to study Graphic Art, instead following his intuition and attending a local music college.  Here he first played Jesus in a college production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Around the same time he attended a workshop in Cardiff put on by the Pince’s Trust, a UK charity founded by Prince Charles. His performance at the workshop led to him being asked to open for the The Princes Masters of Music Concert at London’s Hyde Park in 1996.  150, 000 people came to hear this concert which featured, among many others, The Who, Alanis Morissette, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.  

When Steve discovered Andrew Lloyd Webber was auditioning for the part of Jesus in Superstar, Steve  made up his mind the part was his. Although thousands of other hopefuls auditioned, many with more experience, Steve’s focus, determination and amazing voice landed him the role in the 1996 revival of the show at the Lyceum in London.

Steve’s gone on to write and record his own successful albums. In addition he’s performed in the French musical "Notre Dame de Paris, performed in 2003 at  the world premiere at Abbey Road Studio of a musical based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe: More Tales of Mystery and Imagination, (music and lyrics by Alan Parsons Project writer Eric Woolfson).

In 2004 he formed The Storys, a West Coast influenced harmony country-rock band.  This band has  twice toured Europe with Elton John and has also toured and performed with such greats as Joe Cocker, Katie Melua, Celine Dion, Santana, Runrig, Sinead O’Connor, Daniel Lanois, Van Morrison and Tom Jones.  The Storys songs are featured in the teen drama  "One Tree Hill", and the British movie "The Bank Job", in which they make a cameo appearance playing two of their own songs. The Storys currently have two albums out which have both been received with wide acclaim.

Steve continues to work on several side projects collaborating with musical greats and continues to be a songwriter much in demand   scoring hits in Europe and Australia, with artists as diverse as Meatloaf, Anthony Callea, Jonathon Cerrada and Slash of Guns N’ Roses fame.

As for his own singing, through the years he’s sung on stage with such artists as Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward, Lara Fabian, Madeline Peyroux, Glenn Hughes, Steve Harley, Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Lulu, a couple of Stones, a couple of Eagles, a couple of Pink Floyd, Jon Lord, founder writer and and ex-keyboard player with Deep Purple and this is just to name a few!

What a testament to what can happen when we stay true to our dreams, goals and passions.  Congratulations on all your success Steve!  I wonder what the person who kicked you out of choir thinks now?