School of Music Alum Honored at the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase
UNLV School of Music voice alum Steve Wallace (BM Voice '02) recently marked a milestone achievement in his successful career as a singer, composer, writer and producer. His score for the short film "Four Seasons" was announced this week as winner of "Best Score" at the prestigious Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. The film, written by Nia Fairweather and directed by Kurt Williamson, also won the festival's "Director's Choice" award.
Wallace's multi-faceted career has been a testament to his formidable talents. He has has composed a book of 15 art songs (Black Songbook), two symphonies, four operas, two musicals and a variety of chamber works. Wallace is also a very accomplished classical singer, and has performed worldwide as a soloist, on tours, and in lead tenor roles in operas such as Carmen, La Boheme, and La Traviata with respected opera companies nationwide. “The Adventures Of...", Steve's 13th studio album, showcases influences from Jazz, R&B, Blues, Classical, Hip-Hop, using acoustic and electronic approaches within a smooth and soulful delivery. The first single and video from the album was a song dedicated to his 7-year-old daughter called "Angel."
Steve is also a go-to man for production and music direction in New York City on the independent New York music scene. Steve has shared stages with Robin Thicke, Common, Talib Kweli, and Leon Ware. He has composed scores for television and film (MTV, BET, NBC), arranged a version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" for the NAACP, worked with Sony Music, The Universal Music Group, and in 2010, produced and arranged for the incredible song Be a Humanitarian, which was used as the theme for the United Nation’s “Humanitarian Day” as well as in the running for Grammy Awards the same year.
Most recently, the feature film “Hal King,” a hip-hop opera Steve wrote and composed based on Shakespeare's "King Henry IV" and "King Henry V" was released, and is available on Amazon Prime, iTunes and YouTube.
Steve Wallace is a student of UNLV voice professor Dr. Alfonse Anderson.
Congratulations, Steve. You continue to inspire us.