Steven Siro "Steve" Vai (born June 6, 1960) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American guitarist, songwriter and producer who has sold over 15 million albums. After starting his professional career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai recorded and toured in Zappa''s band for two years, from 1980 to 1982. The guitarist began a solo career in 1983 and has released eight solo albums since. Apart from his work with Frank Zappa, Vai has also recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3 Concert Tour which began in 1996. In 1999 Vai started his own record label, Favored Nations, intending to showcase, as he describes, "...artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments."