Steve Azar, a native of the Mississippi Delta, is a country, blues and rock music songwriter, artist and producer. His debut album was released in 2001 titled “Waitin’ On Joe”. The album’s title track went to #1 on CMT and featured academy award winning actor Morgan Freeman. Steve’s song “I Don’t Have To Be Me, Til Monday”, has received three Million-Air awards from BMI and is one of the top five most played songs of the past decade on country radio.
Steve’s CD “Slide On Over Here”, featuring the hit single “Sunshine”, was featured in Oprah’s O Magazine in her Top Things to Buy At Christmas Edition in 2011. Taylor Swift told people magazine in 2010 that her favourite song that year was Steve Azar’s “Sunshine”. “Sunshine” was also featured in US Weekly Magazine in June 2012 as one of the most popular celebrity wedding songs.
“Doin’ It Right” (Delta Mix) off of his latest release “Delta Soul Volume One”, was the feature track for Sony Pictures 2013 release movie “Here Comes The Boom”. Steve has written and recorded multiple songs for other films as well acted as music supervisor. As a songwriter, Steve has had cuts with many artists including Reba McEntire.
In 2007, Azar was called personally by Bob Seger to perform 46 shows on what was rated the #1 Tour in America by Pollstar Magazine.
Azar is also an accomplished golfer and been ranked as one of the top five musicians that play golf by Golf Digest Magazine for numerous years. He is a frequent guest at charity golf tournaments across the country. In 2006 Steve and his wife Gwen started the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation, and annually host the Delta Soul Celebrity Golf & Charity Event. The event has channeled over $280,000.00 in the past two years to many worthwhile Mississippi causes.
Steve has been honoured with his own day in the states of Mississippi on March 13th and South Dakota on August 10th. He is the co-founder of Ride Records and The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival. For the past three years Steve has also been an artist in residence at the Delta Music Institute, part of Delta State University.
For more on Steve go to www.steveazar.com.