Steve Azar, one of country music’s most popular artists in the last decade, is supporting the FFA, but he isn’t simply donating money, he’s writing songs.

Azar reached stardom in the early 2000s with his popular song I Don’t Have to be Me ‘Till Monday. The song peaked at number 2 on the country music charts and number 35 on Billboard’s Hot 100. On Memorial Day last year, Azar released Soldier Song, a song dedicated to the families of deployed soldiers.

Azar’s latest single, The American Farmer, pays homage to farm families past and present. Swenson Investments & Commodities of Sioux Falls and Huron, S.D., won a bid at a charity auction to commission Azar to write a song of their choice. Swenson Investments chose the American farmer as the subject and chose the South Dakota FFA as a beneficiary.

“Their passion behind it was amazing,” said Azar during a phone interview with The Social Silo.

Azar’s history

Growing up in The Mississippi Delta gave Azar a firsthand experience when it comes to farms and agriculture. “The Delta is a huge agricultural area and when they asked me to write the song, I tapped into my past. It was a lifetime of living.”

Many of Azar’s childhood friends were children of farmers so he drew from those relationships for inspiration. “I wanted to make the farmer a super hero.”

After writing the song in 15 minutes, it was recorded and first performed at Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D., for South Dakota’s FFA Convention April 15, 2012. At the convention, hard copies of the song were sold for $5, and all of the proceeds were donated to the FFA.

“It was a gift for me to do it,” said Azar. “You never really know the song before you perform it live. It comes alive when you do that and the response was great.”

A music video was produced by KIKN Country 100.5 fm, a South Dakota country music radio station. The video features photos donated by FFA members and their families and other listeners of KIKN Country.

Azar hopes to take the idea the additional states to benefit other FFA programs.

Get in touch

For more information and tour dates visit: www.steveazar.com/

To purchase a copy of American Farmer visit: shop.steveazar.com/American-Farmer-CD-CD-AmFarmer.htm

Watch the music video, below.


Will is Farm and Dairy's newest writer. He's recently moved to Lisbon, Ohio where he lives in a church turned community theater. He enjoys writing (of course), theater and hiking.
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