As a 42 year recording veteran, Steve’s name is well known throughout the music industry. His experience includes posts in Los Angeles at the renowned Record Plant Recording Studios, Rusk Sound Studios and his own Take One Recording Studio. His accomplishments have garnered him many gold and platinum albums, which include two Grammy award-winning productions, for Christian artists’ D.C. Talk and Steven Curtis Chapman.
During the 80s Steve devoted his talents primarily to the Jack Hayford Ministry at
“The Church on the Way,” in Los Angeles, where he served as Audio Director & Elder’s Tech Council member. He was also responsible for the productions of Pastor Hayford’s TV and radio programs.
Upon relocating to Seattle, Steve was the Project Director for Bad Animals’ Studio X, owned by the Wilson sisters of the rock group Heart, and later took the helm of his own state-of-the-art mobile recording unit, Xtreme New Media Studios. His credits include Garth Brooks’ “Double Live,” Van Halen “Live in Sydney, Australia,” for MTV and live recordings for KISS, Pearl Jam and P. Diddy.
In the following years, Steve broadened his talents to include the film industry. He recorded and engineered full length, original film scores such as IMAX’s “Everest,” “Mysteries of Egypt,” “Wildfire,” “Africa’s Elephant Kingdom,” “Dolphins” and “Wild California,” just to name a few. In addition to film, Steve has recorded numerous scores for interactive games, including the first orchestral score for a video game, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” for Dream Works Interactive. Other projects for DreamWorks include “The Medal of Honor” series & “Small Soldiers”, Lucas Arts’ “Secret Weapons Over Normandy” & “Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb” and Mattel’s “Myst III” are also to his credit, as well as Microsoft’s X-Box “Gears of War.” Steve too is responsible for the very first orchestral broadcast over the Internet, “Cyberian Rhapsody” which featured Slash, members of Queensryche, Alice In Chains and the Seattle Symphony.
From 2002-2008. Steve plugged in to Overlake Christian Church, the largest church in the Northwest, as the Technical Arts Director, where he oversaw all aspects of audio, video, lighting and staging for all services, concerts and conferences.
Looking forward to meeting new challenges, Smith has brought his skills and passions to his latest post as Creative Director of Creatio at Northwest University. Creatio has two degree programs in Music Industry Business and Recording Arts Technology, that provide students with a blueprint of excellence that will empower them to become leaders in the arts and entertainment industries.
Steve brings a level of expertise and wealth of experience unparalleled in the recording arts educatiional field. Under his guidance, Creatio students are receiving an "industry best" training in recording arts technology. Under his mentorship they are experiencing extensive hands-on opportunities, working alongside Smith on professional projects. Their skills are honed and their passions realized in these real world settings.