Growing up in the late 1960s, Steve Trudell soaked up the Motown sound as he watched his father, legendary trumpeter Johnny Trudell, play with all of the greats including The Temptations, The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie.

In the recording studio, Steve trained his ear by observing his Uncle David Van DePitte, an arranger and pioneer of important albums such as Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. By the age of 18, Steve was contracting for The Temptations and The Spinners.

Since then, Steve had worked with countless artists and tours such as the Trans~Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Michael Bubl�, Alanis Morisette, Page & Plant, Natalie Cole, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, The Three Tenors, Smokey Robinson, Vince Gill and others. While the majority of his current work is comprised of national tours, television appearances and productions, Steve remains the house contractor for The Palace of Auburn Hills, and DTE Energy Music Theater outside of Detroit.

In addition to contracting, Steve is a successful lyricist with his songwriting partner, Davey Johnstone, guitarist and musical director of the Elton John Band. Steve’s proudest accomplishment is working with his father to reunite the 45 original Motown musicians and arrangers to record an album of music written in authentic Motown-style with Van DePitte and Johnstone. This project, High An Mighty, has become the last historical documentation of the Motown sound and will be released in 2007.