Steve Balsamo was born in Wales on 19 May 1971. His father, a chef from Venice, his mother Welsh. At school, Steve was evicted from the choir, being told he could not sing. He channelled his creative leanings into art and attended art school to specialise in painting. At the age of 17, Steve once again started singing and songwriting again, forming several bands that toured pubs and clubs doing renditions of classic rock songs.