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Steve Winwood

  • Member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and supergroup Blind Faith with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, prior to a successful solo career
  • Hit songs include "Higher Love," “Keep On Running”, “Gimme Some Lovin”, “I’m A Man”, “Can’t Find My Way Home,” and “Valerie”
  • Multiple Grammy awards

Beginning his music career at the age of fifteen with the Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood later went on to perform with Traffic, guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, prior to his solo career, which began in 1977. His unmistakable voice has traces of English Folk, R&B, West African calypso, and Delta Blues.

Winwood’s career has earned him two Grammy® Awards for Record of the Year, Back in the High Life, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his No. 1 single “Higher Love.” Winwood is also known for classics such as “Keep On Running”, “Gimme Some Lovin”, “I’m A Man”, “Can’t Find My Way Home,” and “Valerie”.

Winwood has many Music City ties and is known for using his music to support the Nashville community. He and his wife Eugenia have had an endowment scholarship at Belmont University since marrying in 1987. A part-time Music City resident since the late 80s, Winwood credited his move with rekindling interest in his own musical roots of 60s R&B, to which he paid homage in his 1988 record Roll With It. He recorded both Roll With It and the theme song from Steven Spielberg’s “Balto” at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville.

Winwood served as the opening performer for the fourth annual Nashville Music Awards as well as the halftime performer for the inaugural Music City Bowl in 1998, which was nationally broadcast live on ESPN. Winwood was the recipient of the Nashville Symphony Ball Harmony Award as well as the BMI Icon Award.

Winwood continues to perform throughout the world and record new music. In addition to his many achievements as a solo artist, Winwood remains in high demand for notable collaborations with other artists. In 2013, he toured with Rod Stewart and he toured again in 2014, this time with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.


Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on June 5, 2012.