Over the years, the members of the Mo Bottom Project and their musical collaborators have created or contributed to a number of music, video and theatrical projects, including:
Nathanael’s Creed performs original contemporary Christian music that draws it influences from American folk music, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and jazz. The group has recorded three CDs and contributed to a fourth that helped raise funds for a medical mission in Honduras. Founded in 1999, the band continues to perform on occasion as the “alter ego” of the members of the Mo Bottom Project. Its CD projects (all still available), are:
2009 – “Home Again with You” (Christmas CD)
2005 – “Brighter Still”
2001 – “Fire Against the Cold”
1999 – “Seed and Sower: For the Farm of the Child”
Spare Parts (Steve Givens, Barry LaFond and Mike Hall) played together in the early 1990s and in 1993 released one CD of original contemporary folk music, called “Fine Line.” That same year, the trio was a finalist at the famed New Folk songwriting contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Music for Television
Steve Givens and Jim Russell composed and performed two pieces of original folk music for the Regional Emmy Award-winning “The Gateway Arch: Reflections of America,” a one-hour film (high-definition video) produced by Civil Pictures about the St. Louis Gateway Arch, which debuted in summer 2006 and aired nationally on PBS. Givens also contributed to the film as an on-screen commentator.
Steve Givens and Phil Cooper composed and performed a song for the closing credits of “The World’s Greatest Fair,” a two-hour Regional Emmy Award-winning documentary film (high-definition video) on the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair that debuted in summer 2004, was released on DVD in fall 2004, and aired nationally on PBS in summer 2005. The film, produced by Civil Pictures, also won a 2006 Telly Award, a 2005 CINE Golden Eagle award, and the Missouri Humanities Council’s “Governor’s Award.” Givens also served as a contributing researcher and writer for the film.
Music for Theatre
Steve Givens composed lyrics and music (4 songs) and created the performance tracks with collaborator Mike Hall for a February 2010 performance of a new musical titled, “The Assorted Short Adventures of Tom, Huck and Becky” by the DisAbility Project, a St. Louis theatre company for actors with disabilities.
Steve Givens has produced a handful of recording projects and demos for other artists, including jazz guitarist G. Scott Robinson and the old-time string band Miss Crystal and the Codgers.