Steve Kirtley - Gospel Music

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Steve Kirtley: a brief musical biography

I’ve been 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: Golden Mansions, and 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 U.S.

 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 Jubilee.

And finally, here’s a historical photo, just to prove that one upon a time I was young and handsome . . . well at least young.




Steve Kirtley ca. 1979