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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Do Me Baby
Blues This Morning
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MY FIRST STUDIO PRODUCTION FOR ANOTHER ARTIST:
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Summer 1980, North American Recording Studio, Jackson, MS
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