Guitar, Acoustic;Guitar, Electric
Charisma, leadership and compassion best describe the singer/songwriter Steve Elci. His love for catchy hooks in his musings and soaring vocal style has won him acclaim from fans and critics alike.
"Steve Elci is a songwriting machine with the chops and creativity to comfortably establish his own hooks”
~ Rick Koster, Arts Columnist/Reporter for The Day Paper.
"Hey, Didn't the Beatles Sing About a Submarine?"
~ William Yardley - The New York Times.
Steve's vision is summed up by the made-up word "Edutainment," which means "learning through music". Kids and adults come to dance and have fun at his shows. They are immersed in having a good time, that they don't even realize they are getting a lesson.
His willingness to perform knows no boundaries; the stage is the ultimate place for self-expression. He connects with the audience as he performs his original songs, educational messages, and fun creative dance steps. He works very hard to create events and fundraisers around his shows. It's all a positive influence in southeastern Connecticut, and helps to build the fabric of a thriving local music and arts community.
1989 and 2009 - Organized the fundraisers “Harmony for the Homeless" Rock and Roll concerts for the St. James Homeless Shelter and New London Food Pantry at Waterford High School. Both concerts had radio and newspaper coverage and exceeded fundraising goals.
2004 - Recorded the song "Submarine Town," which played a part in the Save the Groton CT Submarine Base political campaign with Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, U.S. Senators Andrea Stillman and Christopher Dodd, and then U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons. In May of 2005, New York Times reporter Bill Yardley wrote about Steve in an article called "Hey, Didn't the Beatles Sing about a Submarine?"
2005 - Recorded the song "Christmas Time," which was for "The Chimneys of New London," a Connecticut-based Christmas CD featuring all local New London artists. The song was entered into the Unisong International Songwriting Contest where it became an Honorable Mention Winner internationally (2005-2006).
2006 - Recorded a composition for the National PTA called "Every Child One Voice" as a fund-raiser for the association. The song was sold nationally for about three months before the end of the school year.
2007. Steve performed all over New England for PTA functions in support of the fundraiser, including at the National PTA New England Convention and Leadership Conference. March 16 - 17, 2007 in Manchester, NH.
2011 - Placed second in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest, Session I, with his song "Bicycle."
2011 - Placed Second in the Earth Day Network Contest "Music for the Earth," with his song "Earth Day."
2011 - First released children's CD VOWELS, which went on to win the Parents Choice Award.
2011- Placed second in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest, Session II, with his song "Crayons in a Box."
2014 - EMMY nominated for producing Kidsploration.
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