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Steve Free

Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist

"Diversity" is the word that best describes the music and career of Internationally acclaimed award -winning singer/songwriter STEVE FREE. In a 25+ year career, he has won numerous music industry awards including 6 ASCAP AWARDS as a songwriter and recording artist, 2 KING EAGLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPLAY AWARDS, and Stevee was the ACADEMY OF INDEPENDENT RECORDING ARTIST Singer/Songwriter of the Year in 1996.

Recording with FRATERNITY RECORDS, one of the country's oldest independent labels, Steve has placed 6 songs on CASHBOX, BILLBOARD and THE National and International Indie Country/Folk Charts including a #1 song "WITHOUT YOUR LOVE" in 2002. His 1994 hit "SIEGE AT LUCASVILLE" about the 1993 Southern Ohio prison riot reached the TOP 20 of the CASHBOX CHARTS and was filmed by the CBS TV show 48 HOURS. His last CD "TIMELINE" was named one of the best Traditional Country/Folk Cd's of 2000 by Country Bunker Radio and ASCAP Magazine. He recently received a PLATINUM RECORD from AIRPLAY INTERNATIONAL for having over 100,000 units of airplay for TIMELINE.

As an OHIO ARTS COUNCIL "OHIO ARTIST ON TOUR" and a "MIDWEST ARTIST ON TOUR," Free is a mainstay on the arts, fairs & festivals, bookstores, college, coffeehouse circuit throughout the Midwest and South performing close to 200 shows a year. He was nominated for the prestigious GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR THE ARTS IN OHIO in 1996 and again in 2000. Writing and performing songs that draw upon his NATIVE AMERICAN and APPALACHIAN roots, combining thought-provking lyrics with fun-filled audience participation, has made STEVE FREE one of the most popular performers and recognizable names in the Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana regions and has received international acclaim. "TIMELINE" is currently the #1 CD in Berlin Germany. His latest single release "DOWN IN OHIO" is currently receiving airplay in countries throughout Europe, Australia and the U.S. Steve was named the 150th "most played" country/folk artist in Europe by The ECMA (European Country Music Association).

In October 1997 Steve Free was given a star on The Portsmouth "FLOODWALL OF FAME" For more info and schedule please visit: www.stevefree.com

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