In a recently released single produced by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Fort Minor, multi-talented singer/songwriter Steven Curtis sings of heartbreak in the hopes of making sure those who are going through a similar experience know they are not alone. “Cold” was co-written with Steven’s friend, Abigail Neilson, and the two wrote their experiences of two different heartbreaks to create a shared feeling through this track. In May of 2021, Mike produced “Cold” live on Twitch over the span of two days. He played everything but the strings, which were done by Stevie Blacke (Avenged Sevenfold, Snoop Dogg), and the keys on the final chorus, which were done by Chris Joyner (Jason Mraz). Made throughout the pandemic, the song was created collaboratively in a virtual environment.
Steven Curtis is a singer/songwriter, performer, producer, guitarist, and looper. He is a one-man band on stage, with styles similar to John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Ed Sheeran. He has reached a couple million video views from live performances and accumulated a following of over 20,000 fans, all without an album release. Previously releasing one single in 2021, he has exciting plans for the new year, including more releases.
A ballad for broken hearts everywhere, “Cold” embodies those thoughts you get in the midst of heartbreak that leave you feeling confused, hurt, lost, and broken. While the song carries a melancholy tone, in both its messaging and sound, there’s a welcomed warmth in the relatable nature of the lyrics and the lightly orchestral soundscape. As Steven releases his emotions and addresses the one who has suddenly gone cold, his voice remains unwavering despite the emotional nature of the lyrical content, but is filled with unmistakable desire for a return to a relationship that he was heavily invested in. The gravity of that investment, and of the heartache, can be felt within the beat production, which is indeed reminiscent of Fort Minor, and the swelling of the strings in the background. “Cold” is the track that can get you through the depths of winter, especially if you’re dealing with some fresh, or even old, heartbreak.