Jim Steinman began in theater, although he is best known as a Grammy winning songwriter and producer whose records
have sold more than 190,000,000 million copies worldwide. He was described by the L.A. Times as “the Richard
Wagner of rock." While a student at Amherst College he wrote and starred in what he called "an epic rock
spectacle," The Dream Engine. It caused a sensation and Joe Papp, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival,
purchased the rights at intermission. His first professional musical was More Than You Deserve at Papp's Public
Theater, where he worked for five years.
While at the Public Theater, a singer named Meat Loaf auditioned for Jim, a meeting that Spin Magazine
called “one of the Top 10 most important moments in the history of rock and roll.” Their first record
together, the legendary Bat Out Of Hell, is the biggest debut album ever and the third best selling album of all
time. Jim is also the only person in the Top 20 Albums of All Time to have written all songs, both music and lyrics,
solo. In 1993, the sequel Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell topped the charts in 38 countries and spawned the
global hit “I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."
#1 songs include - for Bonnie Tyler: "Holding Out For A Hero,” “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”
(hitting #1 a remarkable four times - 1983, 1995, 2003 and 2017 - and was on both YouTube and Spotify's Most
Played lists of the 2010s), for Meat Loaf: “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “Two Out Of Three
Ain't Bad,” “Dead Ringer For Love,” and “I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't
Do That" (which had the biggest rock single sales ever), for Air Supply: "Making Love Out Of Nothing At
All,” for Celine Dion: “It's All Coming Back To Me Now,” (which was named the 1997 Song Of
The Year by BMI for having had the most broadcasts worldwide), for Boyzone: “No Matter What,” (record of
the year in the UK for 1998 and #1 in 18 countries - the most successful single ever released from a musical in
history). Steinman received a Grammy award as producer for Best Album of the Year, Celine Dion's Falling Into
You. He made one platinum album as a singer, Bad For Good.
Film music includes A Small Circle Of Friends, Streets Of Fire, Footloose, The Shadow, Mask Of Zorro, Shrek 2 and
MTV's adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
For the musical stage version of Whistle Down The Wind, Jim Steinman teamed with Andrew Lloyd Webber providing
lyrics to his score. This 1998 West End hit musical will have 2020 performances in Portrush, Northern Ireland and
Steinman also wrote the score for Tanz der Vampire (Dance of the Vampires), a musical staged by Roman Polanski,
which opened in Vienna in 1997 to rave reviews and record box office. It has been officially declared “the
most successful musical ever to emerge from Continental Europe.” More than two decades later this musical has
had numerous productions including runs in Berlin, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Warsaw, Helsinki, Tokyo, Moscow, New
York and Paris. In 2020 it will play in Oberhausen, Germany, along with Copenhagen, Denmark, and Fukuoka, Osaka and
Jim Steinman was inducted in to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2012. He received an honorary Doctorate
Degree of Humane Letters from his alma mater, Amherst College, in 2013. Jim was entered into the Long Island Music
Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 2017 Steinman's dream project, Bat Out Of Hell The Musical, opened to near perfect reviews and sold out
crowds at Manchester's Opera House. It went on to run at the London Coliseum, the West End's Dominion
Theatre, Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre and the Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen, Germany. Summer 2019, Bat Out Of
Hell The Musical made its highly anticipated U.S. debut at the New York City Center in Manhattan. 2020 shows
include Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel, an arena tour of Australia as well as a returning
Jim's work has permeated popular culture the world over. His distinctive, over-the-top style has influenced a
genre of music and such songs are often referred to as “Steinmanesque.” He is known as the “Father
of the Power Ballad” and one of the founders of epic rock.