Although Jim began in theatre, he is best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 190,000,000 million copies worldwide. He was described by the L.A. Times as “the Richard Wagner of rock.” At Amherst College he wrote and starred in an epic musical called The Dream Engine. It caused a sensation, and N.Y. Shakespeare Festival's Joe Papp bought the rights at intermission. His first professional musical was More Than You Deserve at Papp's Public Theater, where he worked for five years.
When a singer named Meat Loaf auditioned for him, Spin Magazine called the meeting “one of the top ten most important moments in the history of rock and roll.” Then came his first record, the legendary Bat Out Of Hell, with Meat Loaf, the biggest debut album ever and the second best selling disc of all time. Jim is the only person in the Top 20 Albums of All Time to have written all songs - music and lyrics. The sequel Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell topped the charts in 38 countries 16 years later in 1993. He wrote all of the songs on 2016's chart topping, Braver Than We Are, by Meat Loaf.
#1 songs include: “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” (three times,1983, 1995 and 2003), “Paradise By The Dashboard Light,” “Dead Ringer,” “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” “Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad,” “Holding Out For A Hero,” “I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That” (biggest rock single sales ever), “It's All Coming Back To Me Now,” which was named the 1997 Song Of The Year by BMI, for having had the most broadcasts worldwide - 1.6 million, and “No Matter What,” by Boyzone (record of the year in England for 1998 and #1 in 18 countries - the most successful single ever released from a musical in history). He won a Grammy award as producer for Best Album of the year, Celine Dion's Falling Into You. He made one platinum album as a singer, Bad For Good.
Film music includes Footloose, Streets Of Fire, The Shadow, and Mask Of Zorro. He has also written the score for Tanz der Vampire - a musical staged by Roman Polanski which opened in Vienna, October of 1997 to rave reviews and record box office, and is currently still selling out as it approaches its 20th year, with productions running throughout Europe and in Russia. It has played or is currently on stage in Berlin, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, Helsinki, Tokyo, Moscow, New York and Paris. Jim has also conceived and executive produced the film, and wrote songs/score for, Wuthering Heights 2003 for MTV.
Jim Steinman was inducted in to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2012, received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater, Amherst College, in 2013 and entered the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in November, 2016.
His music has permeated popular culture the world over. His distinctive, over-the-top style has influenced a genre of music and such songs are often referred to as “Steinmanesque.” He is known as the “Father of the Power Ballad” and one of the founders of epic rock.
Bat Out Of Hell The Musical is a fifty year long dream coming to fruition. The DNA of this project can be found in nearly every song Jim has ever written.