Steve Conte is the guitarist & lead singer in the bands The Contes and Crown Jewels, and is the current lead guitarist of Michael Monroe's solo band. He was also the lead guitarist for the legendary New York Dolls for a few years. Conte first became known to the music industry through his band Company of Wolves (Mercury Records) in the early 1990s. Steve has done studio and/or live work with artists such as Peter Wolf, Willy DeVille, Maceo Parker, Billy Squier, Suzi Quatro, Jill Jones, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Phoebe Snow, David Johansen & the Harry Smiths, Chuck Berry, Willie Nile and many others.
He has also worked with composer Yoko Kanno and lyricist Tim Jensen in music for several anime series. Steve Conte sang the opening theme, "Stray", as well as some other songs that are featured on the Studio BONES anime series Wolf's Rain. The Cowboy Bebop TV series and movie include a number of songs performed by Conte, and he also sings the ending theme song of Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig, "Living Inside the Shell". He also participated on Yoko Kanno's original album, Song to Fly.