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Kasim Sulton

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Kasim Sulton is an American bass guitarist, keyboardist, and singer. Best known for his work with Utopia, he has been a frequent collaborator, bassist and singer on many of Todd Rundgren’s projects and solo tours.

Sulton started his musical career playing piano for Cherry Vanilla before gaining a place in Todd Rundgren’s Utopia in 1976. During his time with Utopia they recorded nine albums and toured extensively.

He has toured with Meat Loaf, Hall and Oates, Cheap Trick, Blue Öyster Cult, Richie Sambora, Patti Smith and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. As a studio musician, he has played on albums by Patti Smith, The Indigo Girls and Steve Stevens, and appeared on an album of traditional Irish music by Eileen Ivers. He was a member of Joan Jett’s backing band, The Blackhearts, touring with them and playing on Jett’s album Up Your Alley (1980) as well as contributing a number of tracks to her compilation album The Hit List (1990).

Sulton was the bassist on the Meat Loaf album Bat out of Hell. He and Thommy Price collaborated on an album, Lights On, which Sulton co-wrote. The song “No T.V. No Phone” was featured in the 1987 film The Allnighter, starring Susanna Hoffs.

Sulton sang background vocals on Meat Loaf’s album Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, joining his backing band, The Neverland Express, and touring for three years on the Everything Louder Tour. He also recorded Meat Loaf’s album Welcome to the Neighborhood, arranging the background vocals and singing on most of the tracks.

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