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Originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Steve Minotti now resides in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Steve started performing and captivating audiences at the age of 17. He has played coffee houses, clubs, festivals and concert venues all over his home state of Florida and along the East coast. These include Kenny’s Castaways in NYC & Douglas Corner Café in Nashville, In 1992, he spent a month touring Brazil along with his band Peace Man. Steve has opened up for Donna The Buffalo and Blues Traveler at the 2008 Garlic Festival. He was cast as Neil Diamond in the recreation of “The Last Waltz” at the Crest Theater at the Delray Beach Cultural Arts Center. Steve was a regular at the legendary Elwood’s Dixie BBQ in Delray Beach for 9 years. In December of 2010, he performed for Chrystal Hartigan’s Songwriter's Showcase with some of the most promising songwriters in South Florida. He also lends a hand throughout the tri-county area for such events as the 11th thru 16th Medical Marijuana Benefit Concerts and the Everglades Awareness Benefits held at Tobacco Road, and also Surfers For Autism. He has been the Entertainment Chair for the American Cancer Society's “Relay For Life” Lighthouse Point/Deerfield Beach Chapter for 4 years in a row. He's co-hosted an internet radio show with Jacqueline Jax on A.V.A. and is a repeat guest on WDJA 1420 AM, WSBR 740 AM as well as appearing on WLRN 91.3 FM with Michael Stock This 30+ year veteran is all about the music and worked with Electra Groove Recording Artist Shawn “Guitar” Starski (who also hails from Deerfield Beach and who toured with Jason Ricci & The New Blood) on his critically acclaimed debut solo CD “The Gallery” and it shows this songwriter's dedication to the musical arts. He is presently working on his new CD “Hats Off” to be released early 2016 with producer James McVay, Chuck Fiore on bass, drummer Barry Bernstein and brother Kenny on guitars, banjo and background vocals. Steve has been influenced by some of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s like Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, & Cat Stevens to name a few. Come join him for a trip back in time when the words and melodies had meaning and impact in our lives and enjoy his new spin on the 70’s songwriting sound. "Steve Minotti concurs that love is a tough topic to tackle. “The dictionary is one of my favorite books, and I had just purchased a brand-new one the day I wrote ‘In the Definition,’ ” he reveals. “I was looking to write a timeless wedding piece, a simple two-chord song. [Having] married and divorced and lived the lifestyle of a rock star, I thought I knew the meaning, but not until I met a young artist did my heart skip that beat and I felt that lump in the pit of my stomach. I felt like a 17-year-old kid again, a fumbling, bumbling nervous wreck.” Yet he doesn’t sound nervous when he sings, “You’re the gold and you’re the diamonds/You are all the tea in china/A rose garden and a palace, a shooting star, aurora borealis/Everything I love and everything I want.” Cupid clearly hit Minotti with his arrow." - Colleen Dougher (City Link Magazine) "When a magazine that publishes behind a mission of promoting local art and music comes across someone like Steve Minotti it is happily reminded of the natural overlap between the scenes associated with both local art and local music. As a musician with over 30 years of experience performing right here in South Florida, Steve is the real musician's musician......" - Renda Writer (WeMerge Magazine #6 Fall 2009) "There is no mistaking this seasoned professional musician as he 'has created an easily recognizable stage persona in his signature floppy jesters cap playing gigs that combine a lighthearted pose with heartfelt prose.'” - Beth Feinstein-Bartl (Sun-Sentinel/Showtime) "Steve Minotti isn’t the only songwriter to compare love to a butterfly — Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Weezer and others have done the same. But when Minotti begins “Butterfly” by singing, “I’m not trying to change the woman that you are/Because you can’t keep a butterfly bottled up in a jar,” it’s difficult not to keep listening." - Colleen Dougher (City Link Magazine)

Songs I’ve Written With My Heart On My Sleeve

Songs I’ve Written With My Heart On My Sleeve

Hi My Friends,

I just released my 2nd full length CD Hat’s OFF! and selling music is not an easy task these days but I’m up for the challenge !!!  It’s a collection of songs from over the many years of my life as well my experiences in the music business. They are the songs I’ve written with my heart on my sleeve.  The CD is a road map to the events of love , heartache, and both the good and bad decisions in my life. I’ve never been any good at writing songs that don’t have meaning or purpose. So what you get in one of my records is me…pure and simple.  I like to get right to the point in my songs and I want to convey my message with as few words as possible!! Writing ballads is my forte; it’s what I grew up listening to on the radio in the 60’s and 70. Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Neil Young, and Tom Petty are just some of my influences and I have covered their songs over my career.

In 1982 I copyrighted my first song I Can’t Be With You Tonight written way back in that era. I was with a band MCP when we recorded this song along with a demo in Gainesville, Florida at the Modern Music Workshop. Another song on the record, Susanne ©1982, was never recorded in the studio before now. How I came across this song again was by a good friend of mine who had recorded me on an old school cassette deck 30 years earlier. I had basically forgotten about this song until a couple of years ago when he had come across the tape. He transferred it to CD form for me to listen to. That’s when I decided to record it for the new record. Songs like Secrets In Your Heart ©1982 and YDHTDN ©2015 were never recorded either. Still That Feelings There ©1982 demo was recorded at Modern Music Workshop but never released. This is what motivated me to finally put these song to use.  As the days go on I will talk about the songs and what inspired me to write them…….”and the beat goes on”