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 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 the band Crown Jewels with his brother John Conte, and in 2003 the pair made an album under the name The Contes. In 2004, Steve Conte joined the New York Dolls as a guitarist and vocalist he would remain there until 2010 when he joined Michael Monroe's new band.
Steve also worked with composer Yoko Kanno, and lyricist Tim Jensen on soundtracks to anime series. Works include the opening theme to Wolf's Rain titled Stray, as well as the tracks "Heaven's Not Enough", and "Could You Bite the Hand?". All three appear on the OST albums. Steve also was involved in singing some music 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." In 2007 Steve provided the vocals for the video game Sonic and the Secret Rings. He sings the closing credits song titled "Worth a Chance," as well as the game's main theme "Seven Rings in Hand."
Steve was involved with the band Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth and produced a debut album on October 20, 2009 which was released through Varèse Sarabande Records. In 2010 Conte joined Michael Monroe's new band, The Michael Monroe Band where he is a guitarist, along with fellow New York Doll and bassist Sami Yaffa.
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