Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons

Steve debuted his musical career on the Hull scene, where (in the late 60’s/early 70’s) he played in several Beat music groups. His talent was spotted by Island Records and, after a successful audition, he received an offer to join the newly created supergroup Sharks as lead singer and songwriter. The band included session guitarist Chris Spedding and ex-Free bassist Andy Fraser and was initially managed by Island founder Chris Blackwell. After Sharks, Steve joined the Baker Gurvitz Army as ‘Mr Snips’ and sang on both their second album Elysian Encounter and their third Hearts on Fire. The band toured extensively in Europe and the USA. Subsequently Steve contributed vocals and songs to Ginger Baker’s solo album Ginger Baker and Friends in 1977.

During the 80’s, 90’s and into the 2000’s Steve no longer performed live but worked as a film and TV composer/producer for advertising clients both in the UK and the USA. His television credits include Call Red and two series of Fat Friends. His film scores include Howling II, Charlie, Funny Man, Journal of a Contract Killer, Nine Miles Down, Conspiracy of Silence, Another 9½ Weeks, and Split Second.

In the Autumn of 2015, Steve reunited with Chris Spedding to perform Sharks songs as a tribute to Andy Fraser who passed away earlier in the year. In 2017, Sharks released a new album Killers of the Deep (rated by Classic Rock magazine as one of the top 50 albums of the year). The band toured the UK and Japan, winning acclaim for their high energy and slightly chaotic stage shows.

The 21st Century revival of Sharks has been filmed for over 2 years and Steve is now editing the material into a feature documentary entitled Shark Kar.