SINGER-songwriter and Imbil coffee grower Steve Graham is in the final stages of preparing to play on opening day of this year's Gympie National Music Muster.
The 42-year-old musican has had a long journey in the industry.
He began as most musos do, playing live gigs in clubs, pubs and at festivals.
Steve also dabbled in writing advertising jingles and music for soundtracks.
The multi-instrumentalist has released three albums and is in the process of writing songs for his next one.
His songs always have a strong message behind them and are easy to relate to.
He is an extraordinary storyteller.
Steve has a fresh sound that is unlike anything else and has a gift for hearing what a song needs to bring it alive.
It is difficult to pigeon-hole Steve's sound and that is exactly how he likes it.
“I get stuck in the middle: it's not quite country or rock,” he said with a laugh.
Steve said he was inspired by his life and surroundings, especially since he and his family moved to the farm.
“It is fantastic living where we do,” he said.
“It is great to be surrounded by nature.
“I love taking my son for a walk and being able to show him all the wildlife. It is beautiful.
“We get to spend good, quality time together.”
The Sydney-born singer-songwriter is a true romantic, writing and singing songs about his wife of 10 years, Lee.
“I have a fair few songs about Lee,” he said.
“We're just a great match. She is amazing.”
Steve has been a professional musician for 10 years and has been in the music industry for 15.
He has toured throughout Victoria and country New South Wales, as well as working for a short stint on Dunk Island and in Cairns.
Steve decided to buy a recording studio and learn how to make an album.
He produced and engineered his own album and will be doing the same in the future.
Steve is heavily involved in the Coast's music scene and feels privileged to have the opportunity to play in such an incredible place.
“I love the Coast,” he said.
“It is a fantastic place to live and to raise a family.”
Last year, he was employed by Australia Zoo as an entertainer, where he performed in The Wildlife Warrior Show to more than 5000 people a day.
And he has a long list of gigs coming up on the Coast.
“I can't wait for all my up-and-coming gigs – music is my life,” he enthused.
“There is nothing I would rather be doing.”
Steve will play at Cooroy RSL on August 20, Coolum Beach Bowling Club on August 21, and Peregian Springs Golf Club on August 27.
See him at the Muster on opening day, August 24 at 1pm, at the Wine Bar at 5pm on August 28 or on the Theatre Stage at 10am on August 29.
For more information, visit www.stevegraham.com.au or www.myspace.com/spg777.
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