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Steve Holy was born February 23, 1972 in Dallas, Texas as the youngest of eight children. He entered a local competition called the Mesquite Opry at age nineteen. While there, he caught the attention of Wilbur Rimes, the father of country singer LeAnn Rimes.
With his blend of 50's rock & roll, pop and traditional country, Steve Holy has crafted a unique sound that has won fans over across the nation. Refusing to be labeled musically and sticking to his country roots, Steve sites country greats Charlie Rich, Mickey Gilley and John Conlee as his influences, but is quick to add that Elvis, Sam Cooke, and a variety of Doo-Wop bands play a major role in his vocal style and on-stage persona.
Steve's engaging stage performance alone has created a loyal following. Although, his primary objective is to connect with them on an up-close and personal basis, he naturally and unconsciously dazzles fans and listeners alike, capturing them immediately. Steve Holy is charming, charismatic and captivating. According to the Dallas Morning News, “"His stance is Elvis Presley meets Dwight Yoakam and his voice is Ricky Nelson meets Chris Isaak. A little bit of the old mingles with a dash of the new."
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Azar grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. By the time he was 5, he had begun performing at his own house with a toy guitar. In 1982, Azar entered Delta State University, intending to major in pre-med with an emphasis on chemistry. Three years later, however, he switched his major to management, although his interest had shifted to music. Azar formed a band with his brother Joe and developed a following throughout the Southeast. The band logged over 200 shows a year from Florida to Tennessee, including two New Year's performances at Overton Square.
If you don’t catch Steve Azar in concert this year, you might see him on television. He is co-starring on The Golf Channel’s series, Playing Lessons. The magazine Golf Digest ranks him as one the top-five golfing musicians, alongside his fellow country entertainers Rudy Gatlin, Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) and Vince Gill, plus saxophonist Kenny G.
“On Playing Lessons they team up a celebrity amateur, me, with a PGA professional. They put me with Kenny Perry, which after the way he played at the Rider Cup -- that was fantastic. I didn’t know him before. But the thing about golf is that by the time you’re done playing 18 holes together, you know the person. The show was great to do. Golf is a sport with tournaments that allow people to spend money and help charities. That’s how I have come to meet so many great friends. It’s been a big help in my career.”
In the past, he has staged golf tournaments to benefit his Steve Azar St. Cecelia Foundation. The organization aids charitable organizations in the Mississippi Delta as well as Nashville. Its priority is Catholic organizations that help sick, disadvantaged or abused children. Steve’s four-day annual “Magnolia” celebrity event highlights the arts, music and food that define Delta blues culture. During any given year, Steve also conducts toy, clothing and food drives and puts on fund-raising shows for his Foundation.
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