Steve March Tormé was born in New York City to the multi-talented Mel Tormé and the former model, Candy Tockstein. They were divorced when Steve was two and a half years old. Shortly thereafter, Candy married the actor/comedian Hal March, who was the host of NBC-TV’s The $64,000 Question Show and subsequently starred in Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn on Broadway.
An avid baseball player and fan growing up in Westchester County, N.Y., Steve dreamed of playing for the Yankees. While listening to games on the radio in the basement of their home, he discovered his love for music almost by accident. Following every game, he’d switch to the Top 40 music stations and find himself singing along with such artists as The Four Seasons, Nat King Cole, The Temptations, Ricky Nelson and Gene Pitney. With his natural ear for harmonies, his favorites quickly became and remain The Beatles. By the age of 12, he knew that he wanted to be a performer and at 13, he earned his first paycheck, fronting his own band.
After his family moved to Beverly Hills, he formed friendships with
other second generation “show biz kids” like Desi Arnaz Jr., Dean Martin
Jr., Miguel Ferrer, Carrie Fisher and Liza Minnelli while attending high
school. During this time, he continued to develop as a musician and his
influences grew to include Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Todd Rundgren
and Steely Dan.
Following the early death of his stepfather, Steve rekindled his relationship
with his father Mel, and soon realized they had a great deal in common besides
a love for performing and various types of music. They also shared an avid interest
in vintage planes, trains and automobiles.
The first project that came to fruition was his CD Swingin’ at the Blue Moon Bar & Grille, recorded in large part with a crackerjack, L.A. based big band. One of the highlights is a live duet between Steve and his dad Mel on Straighten Up and Fly Right, which showcases a very cool, improvised “scat” lesson between student and pupil. That disc was followed up by The Night I Fell For You, featuring an alluring arrangement of the Lerner & Loewe classic On the Street Where You Live and a number of Steve’s original tunes, many penned with longtime collaborator Steve Rawlins. In reviews of both CDs, critics singled out a number of these new songs as “contemporary yet timeless, combining a wry sense of humor and a natural feel for romance, with classic melodies.”
two releases were followed up by The Essence of Love, which contains
some of the most romantic, well crafted standards ever written, including
Blue Skies, Stardust, Every Time We Say Goodbye and a playful duet with
jazz icon Diane Schuur on The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else. His
current jazz CD, So Far (available through amazon.com and Steve’s website),
combines the most popular material from his first three CDs into one
“best of” recording.
Steve’s latest CD was just released at the end of 2009 and it’s entitled
“inside/out”. It’s a set of twelve brand new, original tunes written
entirely by Steve and is the first CD he’s recorded on which he not only
sings but plays keyboards and guitar as well. “Inside/out” was written
and recorded more in the “pop” vein that Steve was weaned on as a teenager
and young adult and it’s now available on CDBaby.com, Amazon.com and
With a full, rich voice that’s been described as “seductive” and “effortless” by the Los Angeles Times and a natural ability to connect with audiences, Steve March Tormé is putting his own stamp on the world of music.