Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for seventeen years. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies to create what the Boston Globe called "not just a musical journey, but an entertaining, interactive and educational one." A bright star on the national kids' music scene, Steve has delighted audiences throughout the country at such prestigious venues as The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City, Fenway Park in Boston, Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, and the Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington, D.C. Anyone who’s attended a SteveSongs concert appreciates Steve’s ability to connect with his audience – from the exuberant children flocking toward the stage, to the moms bouncing babies to the beat, to the parents and grandparents sin ging and grooving along. It’s no wonder he’s been called a modern day Pied Piper!
One of Steve’s most notable roles is that of “Mr. Steve” on PBS KIDS. Since May 2008, Steve has cohosted the nationally broadcast PBS KIDS morning programming block with such popular shows as Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, and Super WHY! Millions of families across the country have come to know and love “Mr. Steve” through his original, interactive songs that reinforce each day’s PBS KIDS curriculum theme. Audiences flock to the regular appearances Steve makes at PBS station events nationwide, and, along with other notable PBS KIDS characters, he is also a featured visitor at libraries across the country, encouraging kids to read through the JetBlue and PBS KIDS collaborative “Soar with Reading” program.
In 2013, Steve released a long awaited eighth CD for kids, Orangutan Van. In the six years since Steve last released an album of full-length songs he started a family, and now Steve’s songwriting takes on a whole new dimension, inspired by his young son and daughter. In fact, Steve’s six-year-old son, Josh (a registered ASCAP writer), contributes to Steve’s writing and recordings.
Most recently, in 2014 Steve released a new music video for the National Fire Protection Association entitled “Little Rosalie.” The action packed video features Sparky the Fire Dog®, a gospel singing fire crew, a world championship qualifying double-dutch team, real fire trucks and over a hundred children and parents. The lyrics and dance moves for the video are intended to instruct kids what to do when they hear a smoke alarm in their home. It can be found and shared on YouTube and also www.sparkyschoolhouse.org.
Steve wrote his first children’s song back in 1997 for his brother, then a first grade teacher. Positive feedback and inspiration quickly followed, leading Steve to record his first children’s album, Morning ‘Til Night, in 1999. That same year, Steve left his job as a business consultant with Accenture to pursue this adventure full time. Thirteen years and eight albums later, Steve has performed over 3,000 shows across the country. He’s won numerous prestigious awards including two Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, a NAPPA Honor, two iParenting Media Awards, and a Kidscreen nomination for Best Children’s TV Host. Steve has also collaborated with Barefoot Books on three books: Knick Knack Paddy Whack, Driving My Tractor, and The Shape Song Swingalong (based on the beloved PBS KIDS “Mr. Steve” song, “Shapes.”) Steve’s animated and live action videos online have garnered millions of views.
Combining his two passions, music and kids, has yielded what Steve calls “the coolest job ever.” As part of that cool job, Steve recently wrote and recorded a theme song and video for the Recess Rocks organization, which provides a comprehensive movement program aimed at combating the childhood obesity epidemic and enhancing learning for elementary school children. Steve’s signature songs are educational and entertaining, silly, but always seriously good music. According to Steve, “The experiment from the beginning was making music that both kids and parents would enjoy, so that it could really be a full family experience.” Steve’s band rocks, with such accomplished musicians as Anand Nayak on guitars and mandolin: Matt Steckler on clarinet, flute, and sax; David “Stack” Stackhouse on vocal percussion and bass; and the ever popular Sensational Sillies, Steve’s talented young backup singers.
Steve finds inspiration from a lot of places, including classic TV programs he enjoyed as a kid. One of his favorites was Schoolhouse Rock, which used funky songs and clever lyrics to effectively teach topics as academic as conjunctions, adverbs and how a law becomes a bill. Steve observes, “I believe it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to educate without entertaining. If kids are not engaged, they’re not going to learn it.” Steve incorporates learning with clever lyrics and catchy melodies in science-related songs about bubbles and the water cycle, in laugh out loud songs like “A is for Silly,” or thoughtful songs like “Superhero You” and “We’re All in This Together (MLK).” “With every song,” Steve says, “I try to add value to a child’s life.”
Prior to Orangutan Van, the most recent SteveSongs releases were the PBS KIDS Music Time with SteveSongs, Volumes 1 and 2 CDs, featuring audio versions of short interstitials that have been shown on PBS KIDS.
Steve and his family reside in Connecticut. His CDs and DVD are available at SteveSongs.com, amazon.com, iTunes, and retail outlets nationwide.
For more information, please visit www.stevesongs.com.