Steve Azar joins Midas Records
Thursday, February 16, 2006
– Former Mercury artist Steve Azar, who had a hit with "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)," is on new label Midas Records, the label announced Thursday.
Azar becomes the third signing for the fledgling label, which recently inked Emerson Drive and newcomer Lindsey Grant.
Azar's first project as a joint venture with his new label will be "Indianola," scheduled for a summer 2006.
Azar, 41, had a number 2 hit in 2001 with "I Don't Have to Be Me ('Til Monday)." He had a semi-hit with "Waitin' On Joe."
On "Indianola," Azar served as producer and writer/co-writer on all 14 songs. ExxonMobil will sponsor Azar's 2006 tour promoting the new CD.
Azar said in a statement, "I'm really looking forward to this partnership between Midas Records and my new imprint label, Dang Records. Both (Midas executives) Keith Follese and Brad Allen have given me the creative freedom I've always hoped for."
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