Like fellow actor David Hasselhoff this action movie hero is little known for his musical talents in the US.
Actor Steven Seagal is known for his pony tail, acting, and directing; but few people know of his contributions to the world of music.
This son of a Jewish father and an Irish Catholic mother began playing the guitar at the age of 12. And like fellow musically inclined actor Clint Eastwood, Seagal has contributed compositions to his movies. In the movie "Into the Sun" a number of compositions from Seagals debut album Songs from the Crystal Cave are featured.
The album is very diverse in its musical offerings and brings several different musical genres together. Not all at one time to be sure, but each song displays a different musical genre from blues to world music sounds. Seagal's singing voice is very much the same as his speaking voice. He carries a tune well and the songs are crafted to fit his voice.
Fluent in Japanese, Seagal offers only a couple of lines in French while the remainder of the album is in English. The environmentalist and vegetarian also provides an insight into himself' a careful listen to Seagal's lyrics reflect his beliefs as a Buddhist. But he also speaks of the power of music itself in the song titled "Music", "Music is the language of the people. Music will set us free."
With Songs from the Crystal Cave action actor Steven Seagal not only shows a softer side to his violent acting world; but also, that he is more than just a one dimensional character.