Steve Poltz is an adult alternative-pop singer/songwriter who released his debut album, One Left Shoe, in the spring of 1998. Born in Canada but raised in San Diego, Poltz began his professional musical career as a member of the Rugburns, who toured throughout America during the early '90s, nurturing a small cult audience.
During his time with the Rugburns, Poltz struck up a friendship with Jewel, who was a struggling singer/songwriter in California at the time. The two began collaborating, writing a number of songs including "You Were Meant for Me," which was included on her debut solo album, Pieces of You. Nearly a year and a half after the initial release of Pieces of You, "You Were Meant for Me" became a hit single, eventually spending well over 14 months on the American charts. The success of the single meant that labels were interested in Poltz, who had left the Rugburns by then. In 1997, he signed to Mercury Records and began recording his solo debut, One Left Shoe, which was released in March 1998. Five years later, Poltz left Island and founded his own imprint 98 Pounder Records. Chinese Vacation appeared in October 2003.