Steve is a much loved saxophone player, known for his unique sound and ability to “groove”. He began playing in Jr. High and his sound really matured during college. Prior to college he spent six months in Riga, Latvia where he learned to play the guitar. He quickly realized that he had a distinguishing ability to write songs off the cuff. Steve formed a rock band in college that was together for a few years and had a good following in the Portland area. Steve wrote the songs, played guitar and saxophone in the band. They toured around the West Coast somewhat and were invited to play at the Alive Festival in Ohio which has an attendance of about 50,000 fans. Since then Steve has built a recording studio in his basement and spends countless hours down there writing and recording songs. He occasionally plays his sax at the local blues bar with other locally well know musicians. He has established a bit of a following at the local coffee shops and clubs in the portland area.

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Steven Gunvaldson - Bio

Steve started writing music ten years ago while in Riga, Latvia. He was taught a few cords by some friends there and the songwriter in him started pouring out. He has played saxaphone for many years and is well loved by all those who have had the pleasure of hearing him play live. His musical influences, (although not to be looked for in his music), consist of: Dave Matthews Band, and mmmm, well now that he thinks about it that is about the only band he can say he really loves. Steve is a great fan of all music, from blues and jazz, to country and pop. He played in a Portland, OR area rock band for around three and half years until shortly after he got married in 1999, (to an amazingly sexy and beautiful woman I might add). At which time he had to set aside his dreams of being a rich and famous rock star, so that he could put some food on the table for his family. He never quit writing songs though, and all though he is not a master at the six string he finds himself writing powerful lyrics that are based out of his deep belief in love. A love that is bigger than anything he has ever known or will ever fully comprehend. He desires to see his songs become well known out of a hope that it could really touch peoples lives. He doesn't fancy himself an incredible melody man, but rather a message man. Someone who has been given very impacting words to deliver on a canvas of song. Not all his songs are meant to be heavy or deep, some are fun light. What ever happens with his music is okay with him, he only wants the oppourtunity to share it.

MELODY OF MERCY

Melody of Mercy
By Steven Gunvaldson

Amazing grace how sweet the sound, it never loses its melody of mercy
I once was lost but now Im found, your loving kindnesses they draw me.

Thank you Jesus for your grace, that you the blameless one would take place.
Removing all my sin and shame, and wash my guilt away in your holy name.

Amazing grace how sweet the sound, it never loses its melody of mercy
I once was lost but now Im found, your loving kindnesses they draw me.

Holy father you are love, and there is no one like you below or above.
Giving mercy and your peace, all my fear and pain to you I release.

Amazing grace how sweet the sound, it never loses its melody of mercy
I once was lost but now Im found, your loving kindnesses they draw me.

Precious Jesus hold me near you are beautiful,
holy father you say I am dear to your heart (2x)

Amazing grace how sweet the sound, it never loses its melody of mercy
I once was lost but now Im found, your loving kindnesses they draw me. (3x)

RAG DOLL

"RAG DOLL"
BY: STEVEN GUNVALDSON

Left behind in thought and in deed, in a wilderness of hurt the heart bleeds.
A loving word or touch is never shown, and in their heart theyve never known.
Anything of gladness only but a hard shell, living in their world of a self contained hell.
Hopelessness is the end of their plight in a wilderness of days surrounded by the night.

Broken rag doll, tear off her arms and legs and watch her fall,
Pain is life, life is pain its the truth. Teach it to them cause its been taught to you.

A hand that strikes a tongue that cuts will take its toll, embedding scares deep in the soul
Loads of pain you feel dwell inside so you lock the door and you reside,
King and queen of your own world and now you begin to shut those doors you wont be hurt again,
As a fence of bitterness keeps you out of reach youll remember these lessons and one day youll teach

Broken rag doll tear off his arms, and legs and watch him fall.
Pain is life, life is pain this is your truth, teach it to them cause it was taught to you.

Jesus if youre out there, why does this pain embrace my soul? and Jesus if your real why dont you tell this pain to let go?

Broken rag doll, Ill mend your arms and legs and Ill watch you stand tall.
Pains in life, yes this is true, but Ive healed many and I can heal you.
Ive healed many and I will heal you, Ive healed many will you let me heal you?

CRIMSON TREE

SUNRISE ROSE AND DAWNED A BRAND NEW DAY
THE DAY SHE SAW HER DADDY WALK AWAY
AND AT THAT MOMENT DREAMS BEGAN TO MELT
AND FROM THAT TIME FEELINGS WOULD NOT BE FELT
IT'S KINDA CRAZY HOW A PROMISE BROKE,
CAN BE THE PAIN THAT CREATES THE STAIN AND YOKE

(CHORUS)
AND IT IS GOIING TO BE SOMETHING FAR BETTER THAN FREE
AND NOW SHE'S FALLING ON HER KNEES, AND MAYBE RIGHT THERE IS WHERE SHE'LL FINALLY SEE, YAH MAYBE RIGHT THERE IS WHERE SHE WILL SEE

SO WITH MILES SHE THOUGHT SHE'D LEAVE BEHIND
ALL HER PAST NEW MEMORIES TO FIND
WITH THE GLITTER OF THE STREETS SHE WOULD FORGET
OR WOULD THEY HIDE A FUTURE OF REGRET
FILLING EMPTINESS DEEPENS THE HOLE, AND NOW THAT HELL THAT YOU TRIED TO SELL IS YOUR TOLL

(CHORUS)
AND IT IS GOIING TO BE, SOMETHING FAR BETTER THAN FREE
AND SHE'S DOWN UPON HER KNEES AND MAYBE RIGHT THERE IS WHERE SHE WILL SEE YAH MAYBE RIGHT THERE IS WHERE SHE WILL SEE

(BRIDGE)
YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM THAT PAIN YOU FEEL INSIDE TRY ALL YOU WANT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT BUT YOU WILL NEVER WIN THAT FIGHT UNTIL YOU STOP GET ON YOUR KNEES YOUR FREEDOMS AT THAT CRIMSON TREE AT THE FOOT OF THE CRIMSON TREE

SO SHE FINALLY LEFT THAT TOWN OF GOLD TO WIND UP COMING BACK HER WILL NOW SOLD
AND SHE LOST TRACK OF ALL THE "I TOLD YOU SO'S" FROM HER FRIENDS THESE WORDS MORE THAN BLOWS
IT'S CRAZY HOW TRUTH WITHOUT LOVE REVEALS
THE CANCER WITHOUT THE ANSWER FOR THE HEAL

(CHORUS)
NOW IT'S BEYOND BELIEF HOW SHE FEELS IS SO FREE, AND SHE FOUND IT ON HER KNEES, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME NOW SHE FINALLY SEES, THAT ON HER KNEES SHE'S FREE AT THE CRIMSON TREE

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ALL HER HOPES AND ALL HER FEARS ALL HER JOYS AND ALL HER TEARS ARE KEPT RIGHT THERE OR WASHED AWAY AT THE FOOT OF THE CRIMSON

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