Steve Morse is a guitarist renowned for his intricate compositions, innovative techniques, and versatility across musical genres. Having started playing guitar around the age of 11, he later on attended University of Miami's School of Music, where he studied classical guitar and jazz. A "guitarist's guitarist", he was voted "Best Overall Guitarist" in the Guitar Player Readers Poll for five consecutive years, before being removed from eligibility to open the award to other musicians, and being inducted into their Gallery of Greats. His work has received seven Grammy award nominations, and he has appeared on over 200 albums.
Steve has established himself in a wide range of musical genres, from classical guitar to jazz and fusion to country and bluegrass to progressive rock, pop rock and hard rock, beginning with bands such as the Dixie Dregs, the Steve Morse Band and Kansas. In 1994, Steve joined Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Deep Purple, and is the band's longest-serving guitarist. Their most recent studio album, 2013's Now What?! earned the group 12 gold and platinum albums, with five #1 national album chart positions.
In 2011, Steve joined the newly formed progressive pop/rock supergroup Flying Colors. To date, they recorded two studio albums and two live albums, including the #1 nationally-charting Live in Europe. In between work with his bands, Steve appears and records with other artists, guesting on over 60 albums to date.
Looking ahead, Deep Purple will release a new studio album with producer Bob Ezrin in April 2017. Flying Colors reconvened in December of 2016 and started writing for a new studio album, and also work has begun on a new supergroup with Steve's son, Kevin, who is a guitarist too. There are plans with Angelfire as well.
Steve plays a series of signature guitars designed with Ernie Ball Music Man, outfitted with his signature DiMarzio pickups, and ENGL amplifiers all of which contribute to his ubiquitous guitar sound, heard throughout 2016 and 2017 as Deep Purple and his other bands tour throughout the world on all five continents.