Steve Dalton

Steve Dalton

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

You just don't hear music like this anymore. Playful, syncopated piano overlaid with stirring vocals and back-to-basics rock instrumentation.

Listen and love.

Biography

Bostonian singer-songwriter Steve Dalton plays music that makes you wonder when Ben Folds, Scott Joplin, and Chris Martin ever got the time to write songs together. His irresistibly hooky piano syncopation, coupled with his honest lyrics and lilting vocals, catch the ear and calm the soul. Music is art, and Dalton does it well. His latest EP, "Worth Fighting For," will have you tapping your foot and singing along before the first song is even over: from the first strains of the title track, the simple instrumentation reminds you that a real musician can blow you away with a 4-piece band. No orchestra, no samples or loops, no cheesy synth beats - none of the tired elements of overproduced, commercially-driven music we're all so bored with. Just a piano, a guitar, a bass, a drum kit, and a vocal line that no amount of money can buy.

Where Dalton really shines, though, is in live performance. His personable manner and sincere presentation of his art makes the rest of the audience fade away: this one's just for you. Live music is the lifeblood of the musician, and Dalton hearkens back to an era before there was ever such a thing as a "recording artist." Yes, he really can play and sing on stage as well as he does in the recordings. Pop a CD in the radio and listen to the tracks to get a teaser. Come to a show and get the whole deal.

Lyrics

Worth Fighting For

Written By: Steve Dalton

so I heard
'bout the war you fought against yourself and never won
and I heard 'bout the battle for your soul.
and I saw
that the walls you built around yourself came crumblin' down
and I saw that the years, they took their toll.
and I felt
that you know you needed something more to get you through
and I knew
you had nowhere left to go...
well some things are still worth fighting for.
even though I'm bruised and broken, I'll be comin' back for more
'cause you try to erase me, but you can't even face me.
some things are still worth fighting for.
so I walked
'till the sun came up and lit the path that I've been on
and I saw that I'm goin' nowhere fast.
and I dodged
all the bullets that been shot at me from all around
and my future very soon will be my past.
and I'm yours
yeah I gave you everything I had, but you wanted more
but you know
I've got nothing left to lose...
and some things are still worth fighting for.
even though I'm bruised and broken, I'll be comin' back for more
'cause you try to erase me, but you can't even face me
and some things are still worth fighting for,
but I'm OUT OF HERE.
I am part of something greater
something greater than myself
I am part of something greater
something greater than myself.

Whole

Written By: Steve Dalton

I was there
when it all came crumblin' down
when the sky had touched the ground
when the dawn was breakin' on everything you feared
I was there
when your dreams had turned to dust
when the world, it broke your trust
when the worst you could imagine was drawing near
lay all your troubles down
I have conquered everything
though your voice has failed you now
I'll help you to sing
I'll make you whole
when you did not think you would
when you did not think you could
rise to meet the day.
I'll give you breath
when you thought there was no air
when you swore there's nothing there
I'll open up your eyes and let you see
what's meant to be.
so you're scared
'cause they lied to you again
and as strong as you have been
you fear that you will crumble, you will cave
set your skin
like a rock against the world
'cause even death could never keep me from your side
you're the one I came to save
lay all your troubles down
everything is in my hands
though your legs have failed you now
I will make you stand
I'll make you whole
when you did not think you would
when you did not think you could
rise to meet the day.
I'll give you breath
when you thought there was no air
when you swore there's nothing there
reachin' out for anything you can
I will be there
if I had one voice to sing
would it mean that I can never bring my change to anything
no, it means that I should belt it out
sing it loud
shout it from the rooftops, baby
you will never be alone as long as I'm around

I'll give you life
when you thought that you were dead
when you're lyin' in your bed
crying out for help, I will be there.
I'll give you breath
when you thought there was no air
when you swore there's nothing there
reachin' out for anything you can
I will be there.

Reach Out for Me

Written By: Steve Dalton

someday, you'll be somewhere
and someday, you'll be somewhere
but someday, maybe I'll be somewhere too.
it's easy to do...
if you're ever lonely
and it feels like the whole world is fallin' on you
if you've ever lonely
and it feels like the whole world is fallin' on you
just reach out for me
reach out for me
reach out for me.
someday we'll end up in a place we belong
with no more cryin' there.
all will pass away
we'll be left alone
population me and you
population me and you
and you
and you
and you.
my road is goin' nowhere
but maybe someday it'll get there
and maybe someday it'll bring me back to you.
what would I do?
if you've ever lonely
and it feels like the whole world is fallin' on you
if you've ever lonely
and you're not sure that you're gonna make it through
just reach out for me
reach out for me
just reach out for me.

just reach out for me
reach out for me
reach out for me.

Discography

"Ordinary Guy" - 2007

"Hopes and Dreams" - 2009

"Worth Fighting For [The EP]" - 2010

Set List

I can keep a crowd happy with original music for about an hour, another hour if cover songs are included. I have my own keyboard to bring to gigs if no piano is available. We can discuss specifics if you're interested.