Steve Walsh (musician)


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; he retired from the band in 2014. He sings lead on four of Kansas' best-known hits: "
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", "Point of Know Return (song), Point of Know Return", and "All I Wanted (Kansas song), All I Wanted", the last two of which he co-wrote.


Walsh was in a number of local groups prior to his joining Kansas, most notably the group White Clover that later merged with another band to form Kansas. White Clover toured frequently and developed their sound. They merged with another local band, also called Kansas, and were signed to Don Kirshner's label with the name Kansas. During Walsh's time with the band, Kansas recorded two commercially successful albums, 1976's ''Leftoverture'' and 1977's ''Point of Know Return''. With Kansas, Walsh has released 12 studio albums, six live albums, and numerous singles. He has released three solo albums thus far. In 1978 he was invited, along with Kansas drummer Phil Ehart, to play on Steve Hackett's second solo album ''Please Don't Touch''. He sang on two of the LP's songs, "Narnia" and "Racing in A". Hackett released "Narnia" as a single, but not before Walsh's management insisted that Hackett re-cut the track with another vocalist so as not to confuse Kansas fans into believing the track was a new Kansas release. John Perry sang the "Narnia" vocal for the single release version. Walsh left Kansas after 1980's ''Audio-Visions'' due to creative differences with the band's primary songwriter Kerry Livgren. Earlier in 1980, he released his first solo album, ''Schemer-Dreamer'', which included bandmates Livgren, Rich Williams and Phil Ehart, as well as guitarist Steve Morse (who in 1985 joined the revamped Kansas). It contains the song "Every Step of the Way". In 1982 he formed a rock band called Streets (band), Streets with guitarist Mike Slamer, which released the albums ''1st (album), 1st'' in 1983 and ''Crimes in Mind'' in 1985 before disbanding. As a guest vocalist, Walsh has appeared on numerous other artists' recordings. Kansas replaced Walsh with vocalist with John Elefante until their split in 1984, but reformed in 1986 with Walsh as lead singer. He remained with the band until his retirement in 2014. Walsh released his second solo album ''Glossolalia (album), Glossolalia'' in 2000. In 2003 he and Daniele Liverani formed the band Khymera. Walsh sang lead vocals on their first self-titled album. Adding to this album were Billy Greer and former Streets bandmate Mike Slamer. His third solo album ''Shadowman (Steve Walsh album), Shadowman'' followed in 2005 (reissued in 2007 with bonus tracks), with the collaboration of Joey Franco, Joe Franco on drums, Joel Kosche on guitars and bass, and David Ragsdale on the re-issued version of the album's bonus tracks. On June 30, 2014, Walsh announced he would retire from Kansas after 41 years. In 2015 Walsh contributed vocals to the Radioactive album ''F4UR'', which was released on April 7, and he sings lead on the song "The Piper". In November 2017 Walsh released a collaborative "solo" album between Walsh and Tommy Denander on the Escape Music label, entitled ''Black Butterfly''.


Solo * (1980) ''Schemer-Dreamer'' * (2000) ''Glossolalia (album), Glossolalia'' * (2005) ''Shadowman (Steve Walsh album), Shadowman'' * (2007) ''Dark Day / Faule Dr Roane (-EP Single), Dark Day & Faule Dr Roane'' (single releases available only via MP3 download) * (2017) ''Black Butterfly'' Streets (band), Streets * (1983) ''1st (album), 1st'' * (1985) ''Crimes in Mind'' * (1997) ''King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Streets'' or ''Live-Shakedown'' Contributions * (1978) Steve Hackett – ''Please Don't Touch'' * (1980) Kerry Livgren – ''Seeds of Change (album), Seeds of Change'' * (1983) Paul Barrere, Paul Barrére – ''On My Own Two Feet'' * (1990) Blonz – ''Blonz'' * (1993) Jeff Watson (guitarist), Jeff Watson – ''Around the Sun (Jeff Watson album), Around the Sun'' * (2000) Vince DiCola – ''In-Vince-ible!'' * (2000) Christmas Collection with Father Rodgers – ''Remember the One'' * (2001) Seventh Key – ''Seventh Key (album), Seventh Key'' * (2001) Trent Gardner – ''Leonardo - The Absolut Man'' * (2001) The December People – ''Sounds Like Christmas'' * (2002) Explorers Club (band), Explorers Club – ''Raising the Mammoth'' * (2002) Daniele Liverani – ''Genius - A Rock Opera'' * (2003) Saint James Parish (band), Saint James Parish – ''Come Home for Christmas'' * (2003) Khymera – ''Khymera (album), Khymera'' * (2006) Moonstone Project - ''Time to Take a Stand'' * (2010) Joel Kosche – '' Fight Years'' * (2010) Roswell Six – ''Terra Incognita: A Line in the Sand'' * (2014) Radioactive - ''F4UR''
Kansas Kansas () is a U.S. state, state in the Midwestern United States, Midwestern United States. Its Capital city, capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, Kansas, Wichita. Kansas is a landlocked state bordered by Nebraska to the north; M ...
Studio Albums * (1974) ''Kansas (Kansas album), Kansas'' * (1975) ''Song for America'' * (1975) ''Masque (Kansas album), Masque'' * (1976) ''Leftoverture'' * (1977) ''Point of Know Return'' * (1979) ''Monolith (Kansas album), Monolith'' * (1980) ''Audio-Visions'' * (1986) ''Power (Kansas album), Power'' * (1988) ''In the Spirit of Things'' * (1995) ''Freaks of Nature (Kansas album), Freaks of Nature'' * (1998) ''Always Never the Same (Kansas album), Always Never the Same'' * (2000) ''Somewhere to Elsewhere'' Live Albums * (1978) ''Two for the Show (Kansas album), Two for the Show'' * (1992) ''Live at the Whisky'' * (1998) ''King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas'' * (2002) ''Device, Voice, Drum'' (CD/DVD) * (2009) ''There's Know Place Like Home'' (CD/DVD) Compilations * (1984) ''The Best of Kansas'' * (1992) '' Carry On (Kansas album), Carry On'' * (1994) ''The Kansas Boxed Set'' * (1999) ''The Best of Kansas'' [expanded] * (1999) ''Definitive Collection (Kansas album), Definitive Collection'' * (2002) ''The Ultimate Kansas'' * (2004) ''Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection'' * (2006) ''Works in Progress (Kansas album), Works in Progress''


External links

Official website for Kansas

Steve Walsh official website

ProgRock Records press release
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