The Delta Man
The Delta Man is everything Steve stands for and does for the Mississippi Delta. The Delta historically represents great music, writers, poets, food, culture and has influenced the world over. The Delta Man encompass Steve’s many talents from hit songwriter, performer, producer, to celebrity golfer, philanthropist, and chef.
An accomplished golfer, Steve has been ranked one of the top five musicians that play golf by Golf Digest Magazine for the past 5 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. Since it’s inception, the foundation has channelled over $600,000 to many worthwhile causes in the Delta and beyond. Steve has raised an additional $350,000 + for charitable causes through the auctioning of songs. These songs are written for the highest bidder’s charity of choice.
Steve has been honored with “Steve Azar day” in the states of Mississippi (on March 13th) and South Dakota (on August 10th ). He is the co-founder of Ride Records and in 2013 co-founded the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, dubbed "A Southern Gem" by the American Blues Scene magazine and included in Acoustic Guitar magazine’s 2014 Roadside Americana: 50 States 50 Must-Attend Events. With a strong interest in mentorship and giving back to the Delta, Steve enjoys being the artist in residence at the Delta Music Institute, part of Delta State University.
Steve wrote “Fly,” the official song for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail. His performance at the opening ceremonies reached an audience of one billion households. “Fly” was also used as the feature song for Sony Pictures movie: Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 starring actor Kevin James.
In late 2015 Steve became the Spokesperson for Certified AG Business Program and his song, the American farmer, became the official anthem for the program. He started a weekly cooking segment on ThreadMB, an e-zine that combines Mum Bloggers and Celebrities sharing their inspiring charitable endeavors. The blog reaches millions of readers each month and allows Steve to have fun in the kitchen while promoting the farm to fork lifestyle.
Governor Paul R. LePage has requested that all the Governors in the United States use Steve’s song, “The Sky is Falling,” as a way to spread awareness about the serious issue of human trafficking in America.
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 recording. 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. The combination of Steve's Delta songwriting approach and the band's musical background has created a unique and soulful sound that audiences will be hearing in the later part of 2016. This is a true Delta Soul record.
Steve & The Kings Men made their live debut headlining 2016's BB King Homecoming Festival. The new record is accompanied by a full-length feature documentary combining the making of the record with the musical trajectory of The Kings Men and the historic musical influence of the Mississippi Delta on the world music scene.
Steve is an in-demand keynote speaker. His keynotes highlight the importance of giving back and that it is never too soon to start. From the sports world to the world of entertainment, Steve has had success and has also had his share of trials and tribulations, his speeches are packed with the lessons learned.
In 2007 Steve narrated "Second Crossing: The Making of The Mississippi Bridge" for Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). In 2016 his voice was used for a series of 12 short documentaries celebrating MDOT's 100th Anniversary.
2017 marks the bicentennial of the State of Mississippi. Steve has been appointed Music & Culture Ambassador of Mississippi and will be working closely with the State of Mississippi in his new official role. This position enables him to continue making a positive impact on the State's tourism and economy. His own Delta Soul Celebrity Golf & Charity Event and Mighty Mississippi Music Festival add millions in economic impact to the State every year. As Ambassador Steve will be able to make an even larger impact.