Steve Kirtley: a
brief musical biography
playing Gospel music and writing songs since my teen years. I
started out playing the guitar but mandolin soon became another
primary instrument, I also play a bit of fiddle, banjo, and bass.
In the mid to
late 1970’s I had a Gospel Bluegrass group called “The Gloryland
String Band”, which later went by the name Steve & Gwen and their
Bluegrass Band. We traveled full-time, touring 20 states, playing
about 750 church concerts, numerous
Bluegrass festivals, rest homes,
supermarket parking lots, you name it. During that time we also
occasionally played live on the radio on our church’s weekly radio
program, gathering around a single big microphone just like the
classic radio days. We recorded two albums:
Favorite Camp Meeting Songs.
In the 1980’s I
played for a time in a group named Bluegrass One. I led the
Crossroad’s Trio, which for about a year sang weekly for a college &
career-age Sunday School class. I was a member of R.C. Express, a
Bluegrass band that played a number of
Bluegrass festivals in the Western
In the 1990’s I turned my attention primarily to
Gospel songwriting. For about nine years I ministered weekly in my
Sunday School class, leading worship and singing my original songs.
As I continued to write it became clear to me that I had a
collection of songs that should be recorded. Step by step God led
and provided, until the Master of the Storm CD became a reality.
Since that time
I've been actively doing solo ministry. In addition I have continued
to keep busy leading worship, singing in choir, and teaching.
My latest endeavor
has me producing a series of free Gospel concerts known as the
South Bay Gospel
here’s a historical photo, just to prove that one upon a time I was
young and handsome . . . well at least young.