Steve Louw is a South African singer-songwriter and rock musician. Winner of Best South African Rock Act, and a member of the SA Rock Hall of Fame, Steve is one of SA rock’s most talented and unassuming singer-songwriters. Steve has collaborated with musicians like Brian May of Queen, Anastacia and Bono, and played and recorded with the likes of Rodriguez, Blondie Chaplin and Kevin "The Caveman" Shirley. When he's not playing the guitar, Steve can be found surfing at Glen Beach and hanging out with his beautiful wife and daughters, and his dog, Ringo.
Steve first hit the spotlight with his mid-‘80s band, All Night Radio. The first Big Sky album, ‘Waiting For The Dawn’, introduced Steve’s new, big rock sound and spawned three Top 10 hits.
Recorded live at The Little Theatre, Cape Town in 2008, Heart & Soul features hit tracks from previous albums as well as unreleased material. Heart & Soul features an acoustic set wwith slide guitar, harmonica, tea chest bass, percussion, double bass and mandolin, then the band unleashes a full-tilt rocking electric electric set culminating in a blues jam of ferocious power.
In 1996, Big Sky won the FNB Music Award for “Best SA Rock Act” for the album Horizon. This album set a new standard for SA rock albums and sold over 10,000 copies
Steve compsed "Amandla" for Madiba's 46664 benefit concert with Dave Stuart of The Euyrythmics, Anastacia and Brian May of Queen. The song was performed by Bono and Beyoncé.
Steve formed a new band, Big Sky, in 1990 and released Waiting for the Dawn that same year. The epic and powerful debut album featured artists from SA and the USA, and set a new standard for SA rock. Louw was back, less abrasive, more thought provoking, and producing a music that stood on its own, both here and abroad.
From Big Sky's debut Album, Waiting for the Dawn, this lively and powerful track was a instant success.
Steve (pictured right) founded trail-blazing eighties band, All Night Radio, with Nico Burger (left), Rob Nagel (center). ANR relased two hit albums, The Heart's the Best Part (1984) and The Killing Floor (1986), their gritty, bluesy, rock-and-roll sound firmly establishing Steve as a star on the SA music scene.