Love Hope & Glory
After being captivated at an early age by the sound of The Beatles it became Steve Larkman's greatest desire to create music. Steve started to think about guitar playing and song writing. Soon he was playing gigs and working on sound and light with local rock bands which helped him onto a debut single release on J.S.O. Records with his first rock band The Crack featuring his songs 'Easy Street' and 'Making The Effort'. The band did well and split after about 4 years. Then Steve turned to studio engineering and record production. He established and began to produce artists in the now legendary Angel Music Recording Studio in Saltend. As well as working with Howard Gray (who produced U2, Orchestral Manoeuvres, UB40, Van Morrison, The Cure and many others). Steve also worked alongside Dave Bowie's legendary guitarist Mick Ronson who was also from Hull. Later Steve moved onto various production projects notably in Amazon (Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Icicle Works, Ian Broudie), Mayfair (Elton John, George Michael) and Townhouse (UB 40, 10cc, Simple Minds) Studios. Then at Trevor Horn's (aka Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star, Pop Music) Sarm West Studios in Basing Street where the first Band Aid single was recorded and at it's sister studio Sarm East (Ann Dudley, Art of Noise) in Osborn Street, London and with Engineer Bob Kraushaar (Jennifer Ellison, Robbie Williams, Marc Almond, Pet Shop Boys). After many years working in recording studios making quality recordings with some great acts Steve released his first solo album 'Tearjerker' in July 2003. This record received extensive radio play and very fine reviews and was followed by a unique second album 'The Start Of The End Of The World' in mid 2004. Both of these albums together with the singles 'Chasing Rainbows' (released April 2004) and 'Saved By Rain' (released January 2005) are continuing to achieve success. Next, during a series of acoustic dates from October 2005-May 2006 Steve recorded 'Acoustic Takes' a 13 track album of his songs stripped down to guitar and vocals from which the acoustic version of 'Chasing Rainbows' was selected for inclusion on the Mi5 Recordings Q Sheet CD. Steve's next single 'Rockin' Up The World' (July 2006) was featured on radio stations during the 2006 World Cup Finals. His November 2006 single 'She's In Love' went onto TM Century's HITDISC alongside Steve's first musically inspirational band The Beatles and other prominent modern pop artists such as Justin Timberlake, Pussycat Dolls, Razorlight, BabyShambles and McFly. The HITDISC is an industry standard compilation CD which predicts future hits. During late 2006 and early 2007 Steve worked with Jeffrey Kruger MBE, the founder of Ember Records, to produce another album 'Word Games' released later that year to fine reviews and extensive radio success. Right now this is Steve's recently completed fifth album 'Love, Hope And Glory.' 'I have been in the business 40 years now, working for or running a dozen radio stations in my time. Steve Larkman is one of the finest new talents I have heard in years. Take a listen to Chasing Rainbows or to any of the tracks on the new CD album and I think you will agree with me' - Rodney Collins, Offshore Music Radio/Isles FM, Scotland. 'Steve gives us so much in his music and in "Love, Hope And Glory"........ this is Steve Larkman the Singer, Songwriter and Musician. Once people hear this album they will want it in their collection. Each song is as different as each Sunrise. Love, Hope, Glory, (Heart and Soul) all contained in this wonderful CD - Eddie West, Deputy Programme Director, Downtown Radio/Cool FM, Belfast. 'Steve Larkman has a great talent, - he's the man.' - Eddie West, Head of Music, Downtown Radio, Belfast "Powerful and timeless tracks that echo the great British songwriters and bands of yesteryear like The Who, David Bowie,The Kinks and even Pink Floyd as well as being firmly rooted in the here and now". Darren Bunting, Freelance Music Journalist "I love Steve's voice, this is the voice we want' - Alan Stagg, Former MD, Abbey Road Studios. 'His writing is simultaneously complex and simple.' - Michael Ornadet, 'LOGO' Magazine. ''Chasing Rainbows' is a great tune and I will be happy to add it to the station playlist. ' - Leigh Lundgren, Heartstrings Radio. February 2007. 'Tasteful layered keys and rock-solid rhythm guitar. Top-notch material.' - Musician Magazine December 2005 ''Thin White Dove' is a brilliant tune.' - Johnny Hero, Downtown Radio. "Happy to include 'Chasing Rainbows' in my 'Best of the Year 2006.'' John Rosborough 'Take It Easy' on Radio U105. January 2007. 'What Have You Got To Lose really caught my ear and lyrically it's fantastic. Once again Steve has proved that he is a master at his craft.' - Jim Moore, 'The Juke' on Scottish Internet Radio. November 2006. 'Steve's chilled out nature of performance is a joy to watch.' - David Smith, Freelance Music Journalist. February 2006. 'His voice is a rich, multi-tonal vessel as comfortable in the gutter as it is up with the angels' - Michael Ornadet, Logo Magazine. 'You will be hearing one of his well crafted songs on a radio near you before long' - MUSICIAN Magazine February 2004.