SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota’s favorite family is performing a holiday concert celebrating family and the spiritual aspects of the season at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 5 P.M. SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota’s favorite family is performing a holiday concert celebrating family and the spiritual aspects of the season at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 5 P.M.
Each member of the Steele family migrated to the Twin Cities individually. In the mid 1980s, the siblings became involved with the touring show Gospel At Colonus, which took them around the world. After their whirlwind tour, they landed on Broadway, and to a performance in Carnegie Hall.
Corporations such as Wells Fargo, Carlson Wagonlit, Target, Northwest Airlines, and many more are incorporating this incredible sound as part of their motivational strategy. They perform locally with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and their holiday concerts have sold out for more than a decade.
The mission of the group is to have audiences experience not only the sound, but also the spirit of the family.
Along with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jevetta has starred in a new opera called God, Mississippi, and A Man Called Evers, the moving story of the life and times of Medgar Evers. She performed to sold out houses in the Broadway hit musical Smokey Joe’s Café at the Hey City Theater in downtown
Minneapolis. She continues touring with the acclaimed opera African Portraits (soundtrack on Warner Brothers featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim) and has been featured on numerous albums for various artists like Burt Bacharach and Prince. You also may have seen her in the wildly successful production of Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story here at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Her most recognized accomplishment is the Academy Award nominated performance of "Calling You" for the movie soundtrack Bagdad Café. However, Jevetta has a new title to put by her name: playwright. She has recently put on the finishing touches of her life’s story called Two Queens One Castle, which opened at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis in October of 2002.
Fred has several successful CDs released for the Lifescapes label at Target. The first, Gospel, has become Lifescapes biggest seller to date. He is currently writing and producing for himself and other artists. Fred has been featured in various radio and television commercials for companies like Levi’s and Wilson Leather. He has toured nationally with the electrifying gospel production of Mahalia where he plays piano, organ, and six different characters (soundtrack available from Promised Land Productions).
Jearlyn’s voice has shared the stage with living legends like Bill Cosby, The Spinners, Jane Fonda, Ray Romano, and Bare Naked Ladies. Her talk show, "Steele Talkin’ with Jearlyn Steele," can be heard in approximately thirty states every Sunday evening from 7 P.M.-10:30 P.M. on the CBS affiliate, WCCO Radio 830 AM. Jearlyn talks about the issues she’s passionate about and throws in a little humor as well. Recently she has entered a new genre, motivational speaking where she shares her story on "Balancing Life’s Choices" with corporations and community groups around the country. She also devotes a lot of her time to charity organizations and schools.
The youngest of the siblings, Billy, is consistently traveling with the Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness who has several CDs to their credit. Billy is currently serving as Assistant Director of the Sounds of Blackness and continues to write and produce for various recording artists including The Steeles. His voice has been featured on soundtracks with artists such as Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross, and many more. Most recently, his work can be heard on the Disney soundtrack for Legends, the John Henry Story, narrated by James Earl Jones.
J.D., the eldest, has given us Inner City Opera, written and produced by J.D. for the Great American History T