Steve Azar has been on the outskirts of country music since the mid-’90s.
In 2001, Azar broke out with his biggest hit to date I Don’t Have To Be Me (‘Til Monday). The song climbed all the way to #2 on the country charts and is still a favorite on country radio. The follow up to that hit was Waitin’ On Joe. That song reached the top 30 on the charts. The video featured a narration from the great Morgan Freeman. The video and song touched a lot of country fans.
Since that time, Steve has been hanging around the top edge of the top 40 on the country charts. He left his major label, Mercury Nashville, and is now releasing music on his own. I’m a big fan of artists releasing music without major labels. I respect Steve Azar for making music and surviving as a successful act without the power of a big, traditional record label. Steve Azar makes his own music.
Today, Steve Azar is coming off his first top 40 hit since 2002’s Waitin’ On Joe. The first single off his latest album was Moo La Moo. That song cracked the top 40 and stalled at #39. Now Steve is climbing the charts again with the single Sunshine. The song is a slow moving song about the influence women and life have on a man. Sunshine is a positive song that tells everybody to focus on getting their own sunshine in life.
Steve’s career may have slowed some for the time being since his major record deal, but he’s been having success touring and releasing new music. People seem to be taking a liking to Sunshine. I hope it becomes another top 20 or even bigger hit for Steve. He has a unique voice and distinctive sound. I like having that riverboat feel on country music. Steve Azar’s gravely voice fits that void.
What do you think?
Is Sunshine a hit?
Sunshine – Steve Azar
Bonus – Here are exclusive photos from Steve Azar’s Sunshine video shoot. And thanks to 99.5 WYCD in Detroit for this video of Steve Azar discussing everything from his new music to his golf game (he’s really good and I’m fresh off a 93 today…).