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Welcome to Steven "Ace" Acker Music

Steve Acker has been making music and hits since his teens in Warren, Ohio.

Few areas of the country boasted a more dynamic or more exciting popular music scene throughout the 60's and 70's than Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. The entire Steel Valley between Cleveland and Pittsburgh teemed with brilliant talent, great bands, and hundreds of clubs and concert venues for music fans of all ages. Many of the rock era's most celebrated musicians spent their formative years in this area.

One of most popular area bands throughout the 70's was Youngstown, Ohio's LAW. From the band's first rehearsals it was clear that LAW had a special chemistry and magic which very quickly garnered them a regional reputation as an exciting and original club and concert attraction.

At the outset the band was determined to perform original material with the goal of securing a record contract. Even the cover songs they did were performed in their own original style. Within a year of their formation LAW was opening for national acts like Bob Segar, The Eagles, Boston, and Alice Cooper. One notable performance took place outdoors at Lake Milton, Ohio before 5,000 fans. LAW not only opened the star-studded program, but also later performed as Chuck Berry's backup band.

In 1975 LAW signed with Atlanta's GRC Records and recorded its first album at the label's studio. Produced by Miami's famed Albert Brothers, the album was sweetened by the Memphis Horns and contained several fine tracks. One songóRonnie Lee's show opener "Wake Up"--caught the attention of the Who's Roger Daltrey. Daltrey and his manager Bill Curbishly signed LAW to their production company, put the band on tour with the Who, and in turn signed the band to MCA Records.

During this period LAW toured with virtually every major act of the era.

Three albums later, in 1978, LAW called it a day. Many people in the Steel Valley still fondly remember LAW as an important part of their youth in a different era, when great regional rock bands reigned and their shows were regarded as Events.

After leaving the band and moving to Jackson, Mississippi to join his family there, Steve began producing records for regional acts and writing an entertainment column for a local weekly paper. In 1980 he wrote and produced a statewide hit record for Mississippi State University titled "Bulldog Blitz." His eulogy for John
Lennon was personally selected by Yoko Ono in '81 to appear in the Spirit Foundation book, "A Tribute to John Lennon."

 Enrolling in college for the first time in '82, Steve soon landed a job with Mississippi's largest ad agency as a copywriter and broadcast producer. At Godwin Advertising he composed many popular jingles and created numerous award-winning ad campaigns. He left Jackson in 1985 after graduation to serve as a creative director for a Nashville advertising agency, where he remained for 12 years. During this period his work earned numerous national creative awards. An adult education program Steve created for Dollar General Stores earned a Special Award from President Reagan and the Saturday Evening Post Benjamin Franklin Award. To date, this program has resulted in 1.5 million Dollar General customers earning their GED Certificates or learning how to read.

RE-DISCOVERED: On August 31, 2007 Steve was re-discovered and contacted by a prominent New York City producer and he re-entered the music business full time as a staff writer and producer for The Studios @ SST in New York. Steve now composes songs for other recording artists and for films. Steve has discovered a unique niche that he is now in the process of mining across the nation with his company (along with New York executive producer John Hanti), University Jams.


Steve left Mississippi again in June 2009 to spend two years in his native Ohio and returned to Nashville in 2010, where he now resides.


All Songs ©2007-2012 by Steve Acker Music and John Hanti-SST Productions

ALL INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS by STEVE ACKER EXCEPT WHERE OTHERWISE NOTED

SPECIAL THANKS TO JOHN HANTI / THE STUDIOS AT SST (New York City-Weehawken, NJ)
 WHO HAS SERVED AS MY MENTOR AND THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF ALL THESE DEMOS

ATTENTION RECORDING ARTISTS AND PRODUCERS:
Licensing is Available. Publishing is Negotiable. Contact Steve: steve@steveacker.com


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My Mississippi Home
(Steve Acker)
Alan St. Jon-Vocal
FOR UNIVERSITY JAMS

The Eggbowl Blues
(Steve Acker)
Steve-Acoustic Guitar, Scat Springs-Vocal, Fingers Taylor-Harp
FOR UNIVERSITY JAMS

OH-IO
(Steve Acker)
Alan St. Jon-Vocal, Kenny Aaronson-Bass, Phil Cimino-Drums, Benny Landa-Guitars
FOR UNIVERSITY JAMS

Kiss This
(Steve Acker-Alan St. Jon-John Hanti)
Alan St. Jon-Vocal, Kenny Aaronson-Bass/Dobro Phil Cimino-Drums, Benny Landa-Guitars, Sierra Noble-Fiddle, Tony Trishcka-Banjo
FOR UNIVERSITY JAMS

My Ohio
(Steve Acker-Alan Sr. Jon)
Alan St. Jon-Vocal, Kenny Aaronson-Bass, Phil Cimino-Drums, Benny Landa-Guitars
FOR UNIVERSITY JAMS

Isn't That a Man's Job
(Steve Acker)

Only Wanted Your Love
(Steve Acker-Jack Williams)
Hannah Bethel-Vocal

Desert Rider
(Steve Acker)
Instrumental Documentary Film Theme Song

Indulgence
(Steve Acker - Roger Hatfield - Doug Thomas)
Lead Vocal by Antoinette
CO-PRODUCED BY ROGER HATFIELD

When Somebody Needs You
(Steve Acker)

Let it Go
(Steve Acker)

Little Boy in Memphis
w/Tyler's Voice Mail to Mac
(Steve Acker - Ferdinand McAfee)
Vocals by McAfee

There's No Saving Us
(Steve Acker)
Slow Rock Version
Lead vocal by Emily Mitchell

There's No Saving Us
(Steve Acker)
Dance Club Version
Emily Mitchell. lead vocal

The Dash
(Steve Acker-Shari Schneider)
Lead Vocal by Jayna Lininger

When You're Not That Strong
(Steve Acker)

Lunatic Magnet
Live in the Studio with Blast Furnace
(Steve Acker)

Do Me Baby
(Steve Acker)

My Saving Grace
(Steve Acker)

There's Something in the Air Tonight
(Steve Acker)

That Cry of Love
(Steve Acker)
New song-iPhone video demo
Recorded Nov. 1, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu6zHEL8GsQ

You Can't Fool Me
(Steve Acker-Doug Thomas)
Performed with Blast Furnace

A Place in This World
(Steve Acker-Melody Pesta)

Jump Start
(Steve Acker)

Hold On to Your Dreams
(Steve Acker);

There's No Saving Us
(Steve Acker)
Emily Mitchell. lead vocal

A Simple Melody
(Steve Acker)

It's All About Us
(Steve Acker)

Her Ultimate Man
(Steve Acker)

Make Her Feel Like a Woman
(Steve Acker)
Live at Pesta Palace with Blast Furnace
Mike Flocarrie, drums-Greg Sejko, bass

Rise and Shine
(Steve Acker)

No Time for Tears
(Steve Acker)
Greg Frederick, Bass

Everybody's Got a Heart to Give
(Steve Acker)

The Letter
(Steve Acker - Willa Stewart)
Emily Mitchell, lead vocal

 

I Can't Do It Anymore
(Steve Acker)

You Touch Me
(Steve Acker)

I Wanna Believe
(Steve Acker -Doug Thomas)

Boathouse Boogie
(Steve Acker)

Jingles TV Show Audition Songs
(Steve Acker)

Listen
(Steve Acker - Willa Stewart - Roger Hatfield)
Shari Schneider--Lead Vocal
TRACK PRODUCED BY ROGER HATFIELD

More Than Words Can Say
(Steve Acker)

If You've Got a Heart
(Steve Acker - Willa Stewart)
Solo acoustic version

If You've Got a Heart
(Steve Acker - Willa Stewart)
Full band version

Unbridled
(Steve Acker)

Don't Count Me Out
(Steve Acker)

When I Get Some Money (Honey)
(Steve Acker - Carol Sweeney)

Finding Myself (Losing You)
(Steve Acker - Doug Thomas)

Still Rockin' in the Valley
(Steve Acker)
Drums-John Sferra, Bass-Bill Lohr

Too Sorry to Forgive
(Steve Acker - Willa Stewart)
Abbe Rivers--lead vocal

That's Poker
(Steve Acker - Tim O'Donnell - John Hanti)
Documentary Film Theme Song

Open That Door
(Steve Acker)

Mr. Right Now
(Steve Acker - Willa Stewart)
Abbe Rivers--lead vocal

Once the Spell is Broken
(Steve Acker)

Blessing in Disguise
(Steve Acker)

God Bless This Love
A Wedding Song
(Steve Acker)

The Man I Used to Be
(Steve Acker)

OH-IO
(Steve Acker--Ryan Ross)
(Ryan Ross--Lead Vocal)

We Are Virginia Tech (We Will Prevail)
(Steve Acker--Carol Sweeney) 

The Virginia Tech Fight Song
(Traditional)
Hard rockin' instrumental version a la Joe Satriani

Cajun Sundown
(Steve Acker--Mike Reese)

Blues This Morning
(Steve Acker)

Creepin'  Blues
(Steve Acker)

I Think We're Better Than That
Guitar-vocal iPhone demo
(Steve Acker)

Golden Dreams and Silver Wishes
(Steve Acker)
Guitar-Vocal iPhone Demo

My Baby Walked Out This Morning
(Steve Acker-Steve Lawrence)
Steve Lawrence-Lead Vocal

I'm Not That Strong
(Steve Acker)
i-Phone guitar-vocal demo

Let it Go
(Steve Acker)

Come Rule My World
(Steve Acker)

There's a Party Tonight
(Steve Acker)
Dedicated to Sam Abdella and the Aquanaut

Sleeping Beauty
(Steve Acker)
Steve Lawrence-drums and vocal, Mickey Williamson, bass

Rockin' in the Buckeye Tree
(Acker-Parissi)
Lead Vocal-Rob Parissi, Background vocals-Steve

Angelia
(Steve Acker)
Recorded and produced by Cotton Yancy and Miss'ssippi 1982 Jackson, MS


     

steve@universityjams.net
601-622-9522

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Wonderful Tonight                                                                            Creepin' Blues
 

  
Carlos Santana's Europa                                                                    Do Me Baby

  
Blues This Morning

Click the Arrows to Hear Sample Songs Performed by Steve Live
Please listen through good headphones or speakers for the best representation of my live sound.

 
DRIVE MY CAR

God Bless This Love
(Original Wedding Song)

The BoatHOUSE BOOGIE

HERE COMES THE SUN

HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN

PUrple Rain

MY FIRST STUDIO PRODUCTION FOR ANOTHER ARTIST:
Tear it Up by Oral Sox
Summer 1980, North American Recording Studio, Jackson, MS

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