Song:I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday)
Album Waitin' On Joe
The 2001 top five country hit I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday) was the only big hit for singer songwriter Steve Azar. He had a brief major label career and he now records for his own label. He was born Apr. 11, 1964 in Greenville, MS. He began performing as a teen and continued to perform while earning a business management degree at Delta State University. Azar moved to Nashville in 1993. He started working on songs and he released his debut CD Heartbreak Town in 1996. The problem was the record company River North closed soon after the album was released. He finally got a major label deal with Mercury and the 2001 CD Waitin' On Joe. I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday) was the first single. It reached #2 on the Country Singles chart and reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. It got three MillionAire awards for radio airplay from BMI. I also think Azar's videos were popular on CMT. Azar wrote most of the album's songs with producer and bassist Rafe VanHoy. But I Don't Have To Be Me was written with his harmonica player Jason Young and veteran songwriter RC Bannon. So Azar should have been on his way to a successful career. Unfortunately, Azar was forced to take several years off due to throat surgery. He signed with Midas Records and recorded the album Indianola. But when the first single didn't do well, Midas refused to release the album. Azar left Midas and released the CD himself in 2008. Since then he has recorded for his own label Ride Records and he's moved back to Mississippi producing music that he feels is closer to the kind of Delta Blues he listened to when he was growing up. He last released an album in 2011 but he has released a few singles. And he still tours. Here's the video for I Don't Have To Be Me ('Til Monday) by Steve Azar.