Love Me In the Dark

Love Me In The Dark is the sonic alchemy of lunar and solar forces, Steve McCormick and Heather Donavon. The two met on stage five years ago in Venice, CA. That chance encounter changed their lives forever. 

Heather’s father was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just weeks before they met. It was a very uncertain time for her family, upon which she returned to North Dallas to help with her mother and father with her father’s chemotherapy treatments.  During these months, Steve was a constant friend and emotional support and he wrote, Circle Up The Wagons in tribute to her family during this time of crisis. After Heather’s father remarkably recovered, she returned to Venice, CA. With a new clarity around her purpose, this marked the beginning of their “real-life-not-so-Hollywood” love story and became one of the greatest blessings to come out of this hardship.   

The music wasn’t something Steve or Heather were really aiming to do together, as each had their own individual careers as songwriter/artists and both wanted to just focus on their budding relationship.  Yet as destiny would have it, over time these songs needed a place to come through and so began the writing journey together, over many candle lit nights of tea and some red wine.  In 2017, their greatest song came into this beautiful world, their baby boy, Donovan.  He’s already singing!

Love Me In The Dark creates music inspired by Americana, Folk, Soul and Roots traditions. Dovetailing vocal blends of harmony and melody, beautifully crafted vulnerable lyricism, ethereal slide guitar and meticulously designed songwriting create an emotionally rich experience for the mind, body, and spirit.  LMITD feels, now more than ever, we need vulnerability, love, hope, compassion and gratitude in our daily lives.  The two have created a sound completely authentic to who they are as individuals and to who they have become together.  Steve is one of the last true audiophiles who not only produces records, but builds everything by hand in his studio, from the tube microphones he uses, to the tube preamps and tube compressors used on each of their recordings.  The listener can hear the level of precise detail, artisan-ship and deep care infused into these productions.  

​Love Me In The Dark will be debuting their album in early 2020. The album will feature Grammy award winning artist, Keb’ Mo’, Jeff Young (Jackson Browne), Eric Haywood (Ray LaMontagne), Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson) and Niki J Crawford (Keb’ Mo’).  This album was produced by Steve McCormick and engineered by Johnnie Burik. It was recorded at Shangri La Studios, Jackson Browne’s Groovemasters Studios, and recorded, engineered and mixed at Steve McCormick’s Studebaker Sound in Mar Vista, CA.



Steve McCormick press

“Steve McCormick is the music worldʼs Renaissance man: studio owner, producer,
performer, session player and singer-songwriter.
thereʼs a gut-wrenching edginess to his brand of Americana thatʼs almost primal
in flavor.”

Behind The Music: Interview With Steve McCormick, The Creator Of Brilliant
Americana Music – Randy Radic



Love Me In the Dark Front Cover


Steve McCormick: vocals, guitars, mandolin, bass, piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, percussion

Heather Donavon: vocals, Omnichord

Jeff Young: vocals, piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer

Niki J. Crawford: vocals

Michael Jerome: drums, percussion

Jimmy Paxson: drums, percussion

Steve di Stanislao: drums

Kevin McCormick: bass

Peter Fox: Hammond B3, sitar

Eric Lynn: piano, harmonium, Mellotron

Stewart Killen: percussion

Tim OʼGara: kubing

David Ralicke: tenor saxophone, baritone
saxophone, horn arrangement

Max OʼLeary: trumpet

Stanley Behrens: tenor saxophone

Kaitlin Wolfberg: violin, viola, string arrangements

Kebʼ Moʼ:
resonator guitar*

*Kebʼ Moʼ Appears Courtesy Of Concord Music

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