Motivational Speaker and Storyteller

Steve's success story is inspiring as much as it is entertaining. From having major record label success to starting his own independent label, authoring and recording hit songs and music videos including multiple number ones such as the Waitin' on Joe featuring actor Morgan Freeman, coping with throat surgery during the pinnacle of his career, touring with Bob Seger, starting a music festival and a the charitable organization, Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation all in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. 

Steve weaves valuable life and business lessons into stories and songs that he delivers in a Nashville storyteller's tradition.

In addition to speaking at national events and conferences, Steve serves as the "Artist in Residence" at the Delta Music Institute (DMI) at Delta State University, home of the new Grammy Museum Mississippi. This gives him the opportunity to pass on his experiences and knowledge first hand to the next generation of artists.

Motivational, educational and entertaining, these speaking engagements deliver value to audiences of all sizes and industries. Steve demonstrates the power of resilience and the importance of relationships, being a leader and the art of creative collaboration. 

To book Steve please contact: bookings(at)riderecords.com

Steve as teamed up with Randy Harrington, Ph.D. and consultant for many major companies around the globe including Fortune 500 companies, for a one-of-a-kind performance experience that embraces the power of music and story to connect the past to the future we are building together. Crossroads is an interactive 90-minute performance experience that combines live original music, multi-media presentations, profound and funny storytelling, and zero PowerPoint slides. Participants will work through their own personal “Road Map” and dig into their own sense of intuition and values to determine what’s right and what’s next. 


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"StafFest is the highlight of the year for our Team Members, and Steve Azar’s participation this year took it to new heights! He actually became part of the Alabama Credit Union family during his stay with us, as his message in both words and song fit perfectly with our culture and goals. Look forward to having him back!"

Steve Swaford CEO, Alabama Credit Union


"Everyone is commenting that this year’s Alabama Credit Union StafFest was the BEST ever!  Thanks Steve for making it so special; what a treasure you are to Mississippi & what an inspiration you are to all of us.  The impact your message made on our team members will be remembered for years to come."  

Sonja Pate, Branch Manager, Alabama Credit Union


Recent engagements:

  • Alabama Credit Union - StafFest 2020 - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • New Narrative Festival - Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  • United Airlines-American Express National Convention in Las Vegas, NV
  • United Airlines-Hilton Hotels Annual Convention in Tampa, FL
  • The National Junior Auxiliary Convention in Destin, FL
  • The Mississippi Economic Council in Jackson, MS
  • The Northwest Mississippi Chamber Of Commerce in Southhaven, MS
  • The Washington County Chamber Of Commerce in Greenville, MS
  • Positioned For Progress Conference in Jackson, MS
  • Mississippi Cable Telecommunications Association Conference in Biloxi, MS