Steve Conte (born September 23, 1965) is an American singer and rock musician and lead singer of the band Steve Conte NYC. He is perhaps more popularly known for his collaborations with composer Yoko Kanno, as well as being former lead guitarist of the New York Dolls. Conte also plays guitar in Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe's new band, The Michael Monroe Band--along with fellow New York Doll and bassist Sami Yaffa. Conte's last band, Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth released their eponymous, critically acclaimed, Steve Conte-produced debut album on October 20, 2009 on Varèse Sarabande Records.
Conte first became known to the music industry in the early 1990s as the songwriter and guitarist of the band Company of Wolves (Mercury Records). After the Wolves breakup in 1992 he went on to form Crown Jewels with his brother John Conte, and in 2003 the pair made an album under the name The Contes. In addition to his own projects, Conte has worked with artists such as Peter Wolf, Willy DeVille, Maceo Parker, Phoebe Snow, Billy Squier, Suzi Quatro, Jill Jones, Chuck Berry,Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Willie Nile, and many others including Eric Burdon & The Animals.
Conte often works with composer Yoko Kanno and lyricist Tim Jensen on soundtracks to anime series, such as "Stray," the opening theme to the Wolf's Rain, as well as the tracks "Heaven's Not Enough" and "Could You Bite the Hand?" All three appear on the OST albums.
Conte's vocals can also be heard in some episodes of Cowboy Bebop, as well as the 2001 film most notably for the song "Call Me Call Me," as well as "Words That We Couldn't Say," "No Reply," and "Diggin'." He also sang "Rain" on the OST CD, which is sung by Mai Yamane in the series. He would later sing alongside Shanti Snyder on "Living Inside the Shell," the ending theme to 2004's Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.
He also performed on the duet "The Garden of Everything" with Japanese singer Maaya Sakamoto on her RahXephon-related single "Tune the Rainbow."
He provided the vocals for the 2007 video game Sonic and the Secret Rings closing credits song titled "Worth a Chance," as well as the game's main theme "Seven Rings in Hand."
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