Steve Lukather is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known for his work with the rock band TOTO. He is the original lead guitarist for TOTO, serving in that capacity for the band's entire history, as well as a lead and backing vocalist and composer. A prolific session musician, Lukather has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums representing a broad array of artists and genres. He has also contributed to albums and hit singles as a songwriter, arranger and producer. In 1976, when Steve Lukather was nineteen years old, he was invited by his high school friends David Paich and the Porcaro brothers Steve and Jeff to join them in forming their band, TOTO. He has been a member of the band ever since it began, and is still fully contributing to their album compositions and touring.
Lukather has released seven solo albums, the latest of which, “Transition”, was released in January 2013. He has been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards, and has won five. While his work with TOTO was predominantly based on pop rock music and his solo work ventures into progressive rock and hard rock, many of Steve's side-projects are focused on jazz fusion. He held a long-time collaboration with jazz guitarist Larry Carlton that produced a Grammy-winning live album.
Steve Lukather is known for a "melodic and intense" playing style. He is also recognized for his efficiency in the studio, often recording tracks in one take using minimal sound processing. In 2012, Lukather would become the guitarist in the internationally renowned Ringo Starrr All Starr Band for their summer tour. He has been touring with that ensemble since that time, performing three Toto songs ("Hold The Line," "Rosanna," and "Africa"). As well, he periodically contributes material and expertise to instructional and educational enterprises. In March of 2017 Steve Lukather became an official member of the D&A Guitar Gear artist roster. We are overly blessed to have this amazing artist endorsing the D&A line of world class guitar gear!