BY MELANIE WADE –
Steve Azar has been announced as the entertainment for the UA-Rich Mountain Foundation 2018 Annual Campaign Opener that will be held on October 12, 2017 at the Ouachita Center at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is ‘Southern Garden Party’ with a southern charm/denim and dazzle attire.
Azar is a world class entertainer that has played every size venue from the largest arenas to small, personal sessions, across the globe. Born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, The Delta Man, as he is known, grew up near The Crossroads, an infamous intersection in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and developed a ‘blues’ style all his own.
Eventually Azar made his way to Nashville and released his first full-length album in 2002, Waitin’ on Joe. The album sealed his name in the hearts of music fans and he has built on that stardom ever since. His first hit single, I Don’t Have To Be Me ‘Til Monday, peaked at number two on the country radio charts and is one of the top 5 most played songs on country radio in the last decade. The hit single Waitin’ on Joe reached the top 10 charts on radio and the video, that featured a cameo by Crossroads native Morgan Freeman, reached number one on CMT’s video charts.
In 2006, Azar released Indianola and in 2007, he toured with Bob Seger, a highlight of his career. “I grew up listening to him and I got to tour and open up more than 50 shows with him and his band,” said Azar fondly.
Slide On Over Here followed in 2009 and represented the beginning of a new chapter of Steve’s musical journey. “Moo La Moo” was the first single from a 13-track effort and both the song and the video enjoy chart success, catapulting Azar back in the Top 40 on the country charts. “Sunshine” soon followed and won not only critical praise but set a record for highest charting song from a true independent label on the Billboard Activator chart. It achieved Top 20 success on all the country radio charts and landed the #1 spot on the GAC-TV Top 20 Video Countdown.
Soldier Song was released on Memorial Day 2011, followed by Delta Soul Volume One that fall. In April of 2016, Steve became the first artist to record a full-length studio album at the legendary Mississippi landmark, Club Ebony. A long time in the making, and his first record in 5 years, Steve cut 13 new original tracks. The club, now belonging to the BB King Museum, was turned into a recording studio capturing the rich history and vibe of the room and in turn inspiring incredible performances on the record. The album was made with the participation of The Kings Men, a group of musicians who backed BB King, Elvis Presley, and other musical Kings.
Azar continues to write, record and produce music and was recently appointed as the Music & Culture Ambassador of Mississippi. Azar is also an avid philanthropist and golfer.
He said the show he will present at the UA-RM Foundation event will be a “storyteller” event. “I’ll be able to talk to the audience about a song, what it means, when it was written, and then play it. It will be a close and intimate performance.”
Tickets for the event are $50 per person, a tax-deductible purchase, and can be bought through the Office of the Foundation. Call Tammy Young at 479-394-7622, ext. 1220, or email at email@example.com. All proceeds will benefit the UARM Foundation.
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