Steve Azar

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Steve Azar
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Steve Azar (right) with Sid Rosenberg, March 2009
Background information
Birth name Stephen Thomas Azar
Born (1964-04-11) April 11, 1964 (age 50)[1]
Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 1996, 2001–2004, 2005-present
Labels River North Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Midas Nashville, Dang, Ride
Associated acts A.J. Masters, Bob Regan
Website http://www.steveazar.com

Stephen Thomas "Steve" Azar (born April 11, 1964, Greenville, Mississippi, United States) is an American country music artist. Azar was signed to River North Nashville in 1995, and he released his debut album on February 27, 1996. After leaving River North, Azar took time away from his music. He returned in 2002 with his biggest hit, the No. 2 "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)", which was the lead-off single from his second studio album, Waitin' on Joe. In 2006, Azar released the single "You Don't Know a Thing". The single was supposed to be the lead-off to a third studio album, via Midas Records Nashville. When the song failed to make the Top 40, Azar left Midas. In early-2008, he formed his own label, Dang Records, and released Indianola in 2008 and Slide On Over Here in 2009.

Biography[edit]

Azar was born and grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. He began writing songs at 10 years old, which led him to develop as a guitarist. Azar had his first Nashville recording session when he was 14. After high school Azar attended Delta State University where he played show after show, including the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. Mississippi native Faith Hill remembers being at his shows as a fan in the front row.[2] Graduating with a degree in business-management, Azar moved to Nashville in 1993, and in two days he was offered three song-publishing contracts.[2]

Music career[edit]

Heartbreak Town[edit]

Azar's debut album, Heartbreak Town was released on February 27, 1996, via River North Nashville Records.[1] The album failed to chart on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It did, however, feature two charting singles on the country singles charts. The first of these, "Someday", reached No. 51 on the Country charts, and also charted at No. 65 on the RPM Country Singles Chart. The follow-up, "I Never Stopped Loving You", reached No. 50. After the song fell off the charts, River North closed its doors. Azar would be on a hiatus from music until 2001.

Waitin' on Joe[edit]

His second studio album, Waitin' on Joe, was released on April 16, 2002, via Universal Music Group Nashville's Mercury Records. The album charted to No. 29 on the Top Country Albums chart. Its lead-off single, "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)", was his biggest hit at No. 2.[1] Following it were the No. 28 title track "Waitin' on Joe" and the non-charting "One Good Reason Why". He returned to touring, but by mid-2004, he needed surgery to correct a lesion on his right vocal cord.[3] After healing, he re-entered the charts in 2005 with "Doin' It Right". This song failed to reach Top 40, however, and after a Christmas single called "Catfish Christmas", Azar left Mercury.

Indianola[edit]

Indianola, his third album, was first set to be released in 2006 from Midas Records Nashville. The single, "You Don't Know a Thing", was released, but when the song failed to make the Top 40, Azar left Midas. No singles were released until 2008, when he founded his own label (Dang Records) and released the album that May. Two more singles did make the cut to radio with "I Won't Let You Lead Me Down" failing to chart and "You're My Life" debuting at No. 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart on the chart week of January 17, 2009 becoming his first chart single in three years.

Slide On Over Here[edit]

After touring with Bob Seger in 2007, Azar started writing songs for the album. A new single, "Moo La Moo", was released to radio on April 27, 2009. The song debuted at No. 60 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 20, 2009. It was the lead-off single to Azar's fourth studio album, Slide On Over Here, which debuted at No. 57 on the Top Country Albums chart. The single peaked at No. 39 on the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming his first Top 40 single since "Waitin' on Joe" topped at No. 28 on the chart in 2002. A second single, "Sunshine (Everybody Needs a Little)", was released to radio on January 11, 2010; it peaked at No. 27 in October 2010 and became his highest charting hit since "Waitin' On Joe" .

The music video for "Moo La Moo" stars Gary Valentine from King of Queens who created a dance-instruction sequence for the project.[2] The album was influenced by Azar's 2006-2007 tour with Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. Azar has toured in the past with Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Hootie & The Blowfish, and Montgomery Gentry.[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions[4]
US Country US Heat
Heartbreak Town
  • Release date: February 27, 1996
  • Label: River North Nashville
Waitin' on Joe 29 31
Indianola
  • Release date: May 27, 2008
  • Label: Dang Records
Slide On Over Here
  • Release date: August 4, 2009
  • Label: Ride Records
57
Delta Soul: Volume 1
  • Release date: November 8, 2011
  • Label: Ride Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions[4]
Album
US Country US
1996 "Someday"[A] 51 Heartbreak Town
"I Never Stopped Loving You" 50
"Nights Like This"
2001 "I Don't Have to Be Me ('til Monday)" 2 35 Waitin' on Joe
2002 "Waitin' on Joe" 28
2003 "One Good Reason Why"
2005 "Doin' It Right" 47 Non-album song
2006 "You Don't Know a Thing" 49 Indianola
2008 "I Won't Let You Lead Me Down"
2009 "You're My Life" 52
"Moo La Moo" 39 Slide On Over Here
2010 "Sunshine (Everybody Needs a Little)" 27
2011 "Hard Road"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Notes
  • A^ "Someday" also peaked at number 65 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak positions[4] Album
US Country
2006 "Catfish Christmas" 53 digital Christmas single

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1996 "Someday" Steven R. Monroe
"I Never Stopped Loving You" Chris Rogers
2001 "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)" Eric Welch
2002 "Waitin' on Joe" Steven Goldmann
2005 "Catfish Christmas" Steven L. Weaver
2006 "You Don't Know a Thing" Peter Zavadil
2007 "Dancin' in the Clouds" (with Namrata Singh Gujral)
2009 "Moo La Moo" Eric Welch
"Moo La Moo" (dance video)
2010 "Sunshine (Everybody Needs a Little)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Steve Azar biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d "About". Steve Azar. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  3. ^ http://countrymusic.about.com/od/news/a/blchat092604_2.htm
  4. ^ a b c Steve Azar album chart info

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