Jon Steele is not your average musician. He began songwriting at the age of 16, but it wasn’t until after he served ten years in the United States Air Force that his gift for songwriting truly blossomed.
Inspired by his time in the military as well as other life experiences, Steele has been incredibly prolific since he completed his military service in 2009. He has written numerous songs that explore complex themes such as “In A Soldier’s Stance,” which recounts life through the eyes of a military man and chronicles how a soldier’s stance and mentality can carry over into the civilian world, for better or for worse. The captivating pop-rock song is set to a backdrop of marching drums that grab your attention upon first listen.
In “Good Life Elsewhere,” Steele observes how nowadays, many people live in order to simply survive and get by, and they grapple with relatable feelings of not being good enough.
“When I was in the military, I developed a thought disorder known as schizoaffective disorder, which helped me be creative,” Steele says. “I’ve been getting treatment from the VA hospital, which has helped me manage the condition. I wanted to share this with others so hopefully people can learn that it’s possible to live a meaningful, creative life with this type of condition, and to reduce the stigma associated with it.”
Inspired by musicians such as Rush’s drummer and primary lyricist Neil Peart, and Bruce Springsteen, Steel’s lyrics capture insights about living life as an outsider, the beauty and peace found in nature, and other erudite life observations.
Steele, who is based in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, has released numerous albums and singles, including his most recent single “Mig the Pig,” and his 2020 album “More Compositions by Jon Steele Volume 4.”
When Steele isn’t writing music, he enjoys doing martial arts, fitness and exercise, and is a competitive bowler who averaged over 200 per game in his last season. He also hosts an independent monthly radio show called “Artist First.”
“My hope is that I can inspire and teach people through my words and music,” Steele says.
"Compositions by Jon Steele, Volumes 1-4” and “The Beginnings of Jon Steele With and Without Additions" are available on all major digital distribution platforms and via CD Baby.