Steve Walsh (musician)

Steve Walsh (born June 15, 1951) is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known for his work as a member of the progressive rock band Kansas. He retired from the band in 2014[1] He sings lead on four of Kansas' best-known hits: "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind", "Point of Know Return", and "All I Wanted", the last two of which he co-wrote.

Steve Walsh
Steve Walsh - Kansas 2012
Walsh performing in 2012
Background information
BornJune 15, 1951 (age 68)
St. Louis, Missouri
OriginAtlanta, Georgia
GenresProgressive rock, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, harmonica
Years active1974-present
Associated actsKansas, Streets, Solo


Steve Walsh, Kansas
Steve Walsh in 2008.

Walsh was in a number of local groups prior to his joining Kansas, most notably the group White Clover that ultimately became Kansas. White Clover toured relentlessly and sharpened their brand of distinctively American, hard-rocking progressive music. Kansas and White Clover merged and the group was signed to Don Kirshner's label. The newly-merged bands decided to go with the name Kansas. Walsh is the only original member of the band to not be from the state of Kansas.

During Walsh's time with the band, Kansas recorded two enormously 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, as well as 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. So due to the popularity of Kansas at that moment in time, John Perry, a relatively unknown singer, re-cut the Narnia vocal for the single release both abroad and domestically.

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 would join the revamped Kansas). It contains the popular song "Every Step of the Way". In 1982 he formed a rock band called Streets, which released the albums 1st in 1983 and Crimes in Mind in 1985 before disbanding.

As a guest vocalist, Walsh has appeared on numerous other artists' recordings.

Kansas (who had obtained a different vocalist, John Elefante) split in 1984, but reformed in 1985 with Walsh back on board. He remained with the band until his retirement in 2014.

Walsh released his second solo album, entitled Glossolalia, in 2000. In 2003 he joined forces with Daniele Liverani to form 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 followed in 2005 (reissued in 2007 with bonus tracks), with the collaboration of such musicians as 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.[2]

In 2015 Walsh contributed vocals to the latest Radioactive album entitled F4UR, which was released on April 7, and he sings lead on the song "The Piper".

In 2017 Walsh released a collaborative "solo" album on the Escape Music label entitled Black Butterfly. Its release date was November 10. This release was a collaboration between Walsh and Tommy Denander.

Personal life

Walsh was born June 15, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was adopted as an infant and grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended St James Catholic School and is a 1969 graduate of Christian Brothers High School. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He is divorced and has a son named Bleu who was born in 1980, a daughter named Olivia who was born in 1999 and another son, Gabriel, born in 2006.






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  1. ^ "History". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  2. ^ KANSAS - Steve Walsh & Billy Greer Comment Exclusively |

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All I Wanted (Kansas song)

"All I Wanted" is a single by the band Kansas. It was their 21st single, as well as their seventh (and final) Top 40 appearance and their fourth Top 20 hit. The song was released on the band's 1986 album Power and written by Steve Walsh and Steve Morse. The song takes a more pop approach than the band's previous songs.

Glossolalia (album)

Glossolalia is the 2000-released solo album from Kansas keyboardist/vocalist Steve Walsh. It was released on Magna Carta Records and features Trent Gardner, Virgil Donati, and Billy Greer.

List of people from St. Joseph, Missouri

This is a list of notable people born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Don Alt (1916-1988), Iowa state representative and businessman; born in St. Joseph.

Charles S.L. Baker (1859-?), African American businessman and inventor, lived in St. Joseph.

Kay Barnes (b. 1938), mayor of Kansas City 1999-2007

Dwayne Blakley (b. 1979), football player, born in St. Joseph.

Ryan Bradley (b. 1983), figure skater

Norbert Brodine, cinematographer

Byron Browne, baseball player

Charles Francis Buddy, bishop, attended Christian Brothers School

Rob Calloway, boxer

Harold F. Cherniss, historian of ancient Greece and Plato scholar at Princeton

Walter Cronkite, iconic television journalist, born in St. Joseph; his father was a dentist there

Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network

Katherine Kennicott Davis, composer of "The Little Drummer Boy"

Eminem, rapper and recording artist, born in St. Joseph

Eugene Field, popular poet in his day, worked for the St. Joseph Gazette and wrote a famous poem about Lover's Lane, St. Joseph

Ralph D. Foster, broadcasting pioneer

Betty Garrett, actress, known for On the Town and Laverne & Shirley, born in St. Joseph

Elijah Gates, State Treasurer of Missouri

Anthony Glise, guitarist

Jody Hamilton, wrestler

Larry Hamilton, wrestler

Fred Harman, artist, drew the Red Ryder cartoons and worked with Walt Disney, born in St. Joseph and worked at Artcrafts Engraving Company in St. Joseph

Coleman Hawkins, jazz saxophonist

Shere Hite, sex educator

Edie Huggins, television journalist

Jesse James, iconic outlaw, murdered in St. Joseph

Kagney Linn Karter, porn actress

Brian McDonald, writer

Jeff Morris, actor, known for The Blues Brothers, born in St. Joseph

Timothy Omundson, actor

Isaac Parker, judge

Travis Partridge, football player

Forrest E. Peden, decorated World War II soldier

Tom Pendergast, political boss

Seraphine Eppstein Pisko, executive secretary of the Denver Jewish Hospital

Frank Posegate, mayor of St. Joseph

LeRoy Prinz, choreographer and film director

Arthur Pryor, trombonist

Sid Rogell, Hollywood producer

Nellie Tayloe Ross, first woman elected governor of a U.S. state; governor of Wyoming from 1925-1927

Martin Rucker, football player

Martin T. Rucker, politician

Mike Rucker, football player

Jay Sarno, hotel mogul, founder of Caesars Palace

Bill Snyder, Kansas State football coach

Eddie Timanus, Jeopardy! champion, won five times in 1999 despite being blind

Steve Walsh, musician of band Kansas

Ruth Warrick, actress, known for Citizen Kane and All My Children, born in St. Joseph

James H. Webb, U.S. Senator of Virginia, born in St. Joseph

Huston Wyeth, industrialist

Jane Wyman, Oscar-winning actress and first wife of Ronald Reagan, born in St. Joseph

Delmer J. Yoakum (1915-1996), artist

Olive Young born in St. Joseph. Actress and blues singer, was silent-films movie star in China but typecasting hurt her in Hollywood.

Point of Know Return (song)

"Point of Know Return" is a song by the progressive rock band Kansas written by Steve Walsh, Robby Steinhardt, and Phil Ehart for their 1977 album Point of Know Return. It is written mostly in combinations of 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures, phrased as 4+4+4+3 in the verses, a 4/4 pre-chorus and the main chorus phrased 7+7+4+4 (7/4 time).

It has been re-released on many compilation and live albums, including The Best of Kansas, The Kansas Boxed Set, The Ultimate Kansas, Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection, Two for the Show, Live at the Whisky, King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas, Dust in the Wind, Device, Voice, Drum, and There's Know Place Like Home. Live video performances were also released on Device, Voice, Drum and There's Know Place Like Home. The musical publishing organization BMI presented certifications to the songwriters for over 2 million plays of the song in 2013, as part of the band's 40th anniversary celebration at a concert in Pittsburgh.

Portrait (He Knew)

"Portrait (He Knew)" is a song by the American progressive rock band Kansas. It was written by Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh and was recorded for the band's fifth album, Point of Know Return. The song was also released as a single after the success of "Point of Know Return" and "Dust in the Wind" and charted at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was later released on the live and compilation albums Two for the Show, Live at the Whisky, Device, Voice, Drum, The Kansas Boxed Set,

The Ultimate Kansas, Sail On: The 30th Anniversary Collection, Works in Progress, and Playlist: The Very Best of Kansas. It appears in a number of different mixes and lengths: the original album version, the edited single version, a different single edit that appears as a bonus track on the European-only 1999 compilation Definitive Collection, and a new remix by the original producers Jeff Glixman as a bonus track on the CD remaster of its original parent album. It was also released on the DVDs of Device, Voice, Drum and Works in Progress.


Schemer-Dreamer is the first solo album by Steve Walsh, the original keyboardist/vocalist of the progressive rock band Kansas. It was released in 1980. Although this is his solo album, it features other members of Kansas including Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart, and Rich Williams.

Shadowman (Steve Walsh album)

Shadowman is a 2005 solo album by Steve Walsh.

Stephen Walsh

Steve, Stephen or Steven Walsh may refer to:

Steve Walsh (musician) (born 1951), of the 1970s progressive rock band Kansas

Steve Walsh (DJ) (1959–1988), British disc jockey

Steve Walsh (American football) (born 1966), former quarterback in the National Football League

Steve Walsh (footballer) (born 1964), former professional footballer

Steve Walsh (rugby referee) (born 1972), New Zealand referee affiliated to the Australian Rugby Union

Steve Walsh (rugby league) (born 1958), Australian rugby league player for South Sydney

Steve Walsh (scout), English football scout

Steven Walsh (born 1973), American politician

Stephen Walsh (politician) (1859–1929), British miner, trade unionist and Labour Party politician

Stephen Walsh (athlete) (born 1960), retired male long jumper from New Zealand

Stephen Walsh (money manager) (born 1944), American money manager

Stephen Walsh (hurler) (born 1986), Irish hurler

Stephen Walsh (writer), English writer and scholar

Walsh (surname)

Walsh is a common Irish surname, meaning "Briton" or "foreigner", literally "Welshman" or 'Wales', taken to Ireland by British (Welsh, Cornish and Cumbrian) soldiers during and after the Norman invasion of Ireland. It is most common in County Mayo and County Kilkenny. It is the fourth most common surname in Ireland, and the 265th most common in the United States. There are variants including "Walshe", "Welsh", "Brannagh", and "Breathnach". Walsh is uncommon as a given name. The name is often pronounced "Welsh" in the south and west of the country.The Walsh crest is a white escutcheon shield with a red chevron, and three arrow heads, two above and one below the chevron. The crest is usually shown with a banner reading, 'Transfixus sed non mortuus', which is Latin for, 'Pierced but not dead'; and a swan that has been pierced by an arrow. The crest is very symbolic of a readiness to fight, and physical strength or fortitude. The crest is also sometimes topped by the Gaelic variations of the name.

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