How much talent can one family have?
And how lucky are audiences in the Twin Cities (and throughout the world) that said family chooses to share their talents with the rest of us? The family is The Steeles; the gift they share … their voices.
The Steeles will next be sharing their talents Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at the Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul for Christmas Celebration with The Steeles.
The Steeles consist of five siblings; J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy Steele. They have recorded and performed with Prince, Morgan Freeman, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Johnny Lang, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, the national radio broadcast “A Prairie Home Companion” and others throughout their long and storied career. The family has traveled around the world in the acclaimed musical “The Gospel at Colonus” including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre.
Their voices have been experienced throughout the United States and around the world including Paris, London, Barcelona, Italy, Moscow, Brazil and Scotland. They have also contributed to several soundtracks including the documentary “Hoop Dreams,” and films “Graffiti Bridge”, “Blank Man,Corrina,” “Corrina” and most recently, “The Meantime” on UpTV.
To their credit are several gold and platinum albums as well as the recent Sally Award in Education. They have released seven CDs and are currently working on the eighth, “The Colors of Gershwin” featuring new arrangements of the music of George and Ira Gershwin.
Not only are The Steeles acclaimed as a singular unit, they are each individually lauded.
Fred Steele’s voice can be heard on countless voiceovers and vocal advertisements for companies including Levi’s and Wilson and Leather. His inspirational gospel CDs for Compass and Lifescapes are still a top selling series in the United States. J.D. Steele has performed and recorded with Prince, Kim Carnes, Fine Young Cannibals, The Sounds of Blackness and others. Jearlyn Steele’s voice can be heard on various CD’s for national artists such as George Clinton, Mavis Staples and Prince, with whom she has toured and recorded a duet, entitled “Race.” Jevetta Steele performed with Natalie Merchant, Kirk Whalum … in addition to Prince. Billy Steele’s voice has been heard on soundtracks with artists such as Rod Stewart, Luther Vandross and more.
Shows for Christmas Celebration with The Steeles are 7 p.m. and tickets are $30.50 - $40.50 and available online at www.first-avenue.com/content/2019/12/thesteeles-xmas.