Late yesterday, I was struck with an epiphany that Steele's writing, especially his phrasing, very much resembles the R&B genre: Motown sound, Earth Wind and Fire, some Phil Collins-Genesis-Peter Gabriel and such. Hall & Oates and the Genesis guys were a white suburban visitation of that style and it seems that it may have rubbed off on Jeffrey Steele's country songwriting.
Maybe I'm wrong. Your take would be interesting. Comments?