Steve Tonge

By May 25, 2013

Steven Tonge is a full-time, free-lance musician that has been performing in Australia and internationally, since 1992.

Steve is a long time member of Shannon Noll’s touring band and performed with Adam Brand and a huge list of Australia’s top artists.

Steven has been performing in Australia and all around the world in Bars and Restaurants and has built up a large and versatile repetoire of music which allows him to cater for all walks of life and age demographics. Steve Tonge was born in Sydney and came from a family of musicians. His paternal grandparents were dominant figures in the music world both in Sydney and Wollongong during the late 40’s and 50’s. Steven’s mother is also a professional pianist and accompanist and his father was a Violinist. Obviously, this background in music impacted heavily on his musical experiences. Steven first started learning to play the piano at the age of 7 and then after a few years he changed instruments and learned to play trumpet for the Parramatta City Brass Band.

At the age of 14 Steven discovered the guitar and in a few short years began to perform in and around Sydney professionally. Steven played in a number of rock bands. The most reputable was a band called Copeland that supported bands such as the Screaming Jets, The Choirboys, The Radiators, Spy vs Spy, Dave Graney, Blue bottle Kiss, Iota, Finiscad, 78 saab, and other reputable acts that were playing around Sydney at the time.

In the early 1990’s Steven delved into the writing and recording side of music.

In 1995 he co-produced a bunch of songs for a singer called Morrie Khouri. He also got a bit of work writing jingles for community radio stations.

In 1998 he was approached by a film director and was recruited to compose music for an Australian comedy film called Murrabina. The project took 6 months to work, most of the compositions were co-written with a band.

In 2000, a musician by the name of Darren Nurick offered him a position in a musical duo to perform covers at Corporate functions, weddings, pubs and clubs in Sydney. The duo was called “Darren and Steve” and built up an excellent reputation in Sydney with the hotels, agencies and the punters. In 2005 the duo dis-banded, and Darren signed onto a recording contract in America.

Since 2005 Steve has predominantly been performing as a soloist in Australia and Europe.

One of the busiest and hardest working solo act on the scene Steve can be seen belting out the hits in may local Sydney bars every week!

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Steve Tonge Song List:

Ain’t no sunshine – Bill Withers
All my loving – Beatles
All the small things – Blink 182
Almost summer – Billy thorpe
Are we still having fun – Eagle eye Cherry
Am I ever gonna see your face again – Angels
Beautiful – Pete Murray
Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Bow river – coldchisel
Boulevard of Broken dreams – Green day
Beds are Burning – Midnight OIL
Copa Cobana – Barry Manillo
Cant help falling in love with you – Elvis
Comelian – Herbie Handcock
Crying shame – Johnny Diesel
Centrefold – G Jeils band
Canned Heat – Jameriquai
Masquerade – George Bensen
Mumma Mia – ABBA
Message in a bottle – Police
Moondance – Van Morrison
Margarittaville – Jimmy Buffet
My sweet lord –
Michelle – Beatles
My baby – cold chisel
Mr Jones – Counting Crows
No woman no cry – Bob Marley
Norweign Wood – Beatles
Never Tear us apart – INXS
No where man – beatles
No one know – Queens of the stone age
Never meant to fail – Alex loyd
New york, new york – Frank Sinatra
No such thing – John Mayer
No Rain – Blind melon
New sensation – INXS
Hands open – Snow patrol
Have I told u lately that I love you – Van Morrison
Hit me baby one more time – Britney
Holy Grail – Hunters and Collectors
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Higher ground – Stevie wonder
Hotel California – Eagles
Hey Baby – DJ otzi
Hey Ya –
Honky tonk Women – Rolling stones
Red wine – UB40
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Roadhouse blues – Doors

Ride like the wind – Criss Christopherson

Reckless – aussie crawl

Rock DJ – Robbie Williams

Rock and Roll music – beatles

Reminiscing – Little river band

Roxanne – Police

Rocking me baby – Steve Miller

Rock your body – Justin Timberlake

Rodeo Clowns – Jack Johnson

Rush – Big audio dynamite

Run to Paradise – choirboys

Wild World – Cat stevens

Wouldn’t it be good – Nik Kershaw

Wonderwall – Oasis

With a little help from my friends – Beatles

Yellow – Cold Play

Yesterday – Beatles

Your Beautiful – James Blunt

You’ve got a friend – James Taylor

You’ve got to hide your love away – Beatles

You are the sunshine of my life – Stevie wonder