Steven Delopoulos boasts a diverse range of musical influences including Harry Chapin, Abba, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and Greek folk music. If you canít imagine how all these threads could create an artistically consistent whole, then you havenít heard his latest record, Straightjacket.
Growing up in Monmouth County, NJ in a distinctively Greek family, Steven absorbed the cadence of the Greek language and the spirit of the culture that has infused his music with its ethnic/world vibe. He first came on the music scene in the late 1990ís as the lead singer for Burlap to Cashmere. The groupís unique sound, defined by Stevenís stunning vocals and acoustic genius, quickly caught the ear of fans and record company executives alike.
In 1998 Burlap signed with A&M Records and released their first full-length album, Anybody Out There? In 2003, Delopoulos, in collaboration with producer Monroe Jones of Eb+Flo records, released Me Died Blue, a poignant solo album that helped him transition from captivating frontman to singer/songwriter extraordinaire. Working with Jones a second time, Delopoulos created Straightjacket, an unpredictable synthesis of styles that takes the listener on a whirlwind journey.
From the holy dimness of Greek Orthodox liturgy, to the rich, ecstatic echoes of a gospel choir, Straightjacket showcases Delopoulosí immaculate acoustic picking and his honest, almost stripped-naked vocals. Blending folk, pop, a little gospel, and orchestral elements, Straightjacket is a musical expression of the rare fusion that is Steven Delopoulos.