Steve Oliver (born August 14, 1964) is an American musician, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Although best known for his work in the field of contemporary or “smooth” jazz, he performs in a wide variety of styles including pop, rock, Latin, electronic, and world music. A prolific performer, Oliver tours regularly and has scored multiple hit singles on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart.
With a career spanning over 20 years in music, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Steve Oliver is still being heard each day on contemporary jazz radio around the world. As a first-call producer and writer for many artists in the genre, his influence and impact continues to shine with his new, eleventh full-length album “Illuminate”. A follow up to 2016’s acclaimed all vocal project “Pictures & Frames” (recorded with the legendary Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Leland Sklar on bass at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood), Illuminate is record deeply rooted in contemporary jazz guitar melodies and Steve’s trademark wordless vocalese. The album shines a light upon Steve’s highly successful career – one that has produced multiple #1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly two decades.
With Steve’s instantly recognizable guitar lines and a list of guest artists that includes bass virtuoso Jimmy Haslip, the incredible Joel Taylor on drums, and sax luminary Nelson Rangell, Illuminate puts the spotlight back on one of the genre’s most engaging performers and songwriters.
Having released eight studio albums, a live CD / DVD package and a “Best Of”, for Oliver, music is therapy and a welcomed diversion from the current world climate. With radio hits to his credit including “High Noon”, “Fun in The Sun”, and “Global Kiss”, today Oliver is just as comfortable being a creator, adviser, and mentor to others. A former touring member of veteran jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, Steve has also co-written and produced tracks with Grammy award winning pianist Omar Akram and many smooth jazz notables such as Brian Simpson, Paul Taylor and Tom Schuman. He’s also supported up-and-coming acts, co-writing and producing albums for Chase Huna, Billy Ray Sheppard, Vertice Williams, Wednesday Ball and Ray Anthony & Powerslyde.