Luke Steele

Singer + Musician + Songwriter
Born Dec 13, 1979

Luke James Steele, is the vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band The Sleepy Jackson. Steele is also a member of the pop duo Empire of the Sun.

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  • Empire Of The Sun: 'we Want To Give Something Good Into The World'
    Huffington Post - Nov 02, 2016
  • Empire Of The Sun's Sophomore Tour Is Just As Glittery As Promised
    Huffington Post - Sep 03, 2013
  • Kaleidoscope Music Festival Slashes Its Prices In Half
    The Portland Mercury - Aug 22, 2013
  • Group Stuns After 5 Years Off
    Huffington Post - Jun 18, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Luke Steele.


1979 Birth Born on December 13, 1979.


1998 18 Years Old The Sleepy Jackson was established in 1998, featuring Steele on vocals and guitar, his brother Jesse on drums and Matthew O'Connor on bass. … Read More


2000 20 Years Old Steele and Littlemore met in 2000 when introduced by Steele's A&R executive Simon Moor, in a bar in Sydney, Australia. At the time, both were signed with EMI and had been working on independent projects. The two became instant friends and shortly afterwards decided to begin a collaborative music project together. Their first collaboration was "Tell the Girls That I'm Not Hangin' Out", which appeared on The Sleepy Jackson's 2003 debut album, Lovers. … Read More
2003 23 Years Old Steele's first notable collaboration was the band Nations by the River, formed with Ohad Rein (Old Man River), Edo Kahn, and Dove Kahn (both from Gelbison) during a Gelbison/Sleepy Jackson tour in 2003. … Read More
2006 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Steele became engaged to a magazine editor, Jodi (aka "Snappy Dolphin"), who also joined The Sleepy Jackson for the band's 2008 national tour. … Read More
2007 27 Years Old Pnau feature Steele on their track "With You Forever", from their third album Pnau, released in October 2007.
Steele and his father Rick collaborated on an album released in February 2008 entitled Through My Eyes.
2009 29 Years Old Steele was also featured on "What We Talkin' About", the first track of Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 3, released on 8 September 2009.


2010 30 Years Old In a 2010 interview with Sunday Times, Steele described his plans for the future.
2011 31 Years Old Steele co-wrote and co-produced the track "Rather Die Young" on American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles's 2011 album 4.
2012 32 Years Old He also appears on Usher's song "Looking 4 Myself", from the 2012 album of the same name.
2014 34 Years Old His vocals are featured on the Steve Aoki song "Neon Future" from Neon Future I as well, which was uploaded to the latter's SoundCloud profile on 2 October 2014. … Read More
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