Meet Steve Free – Singer/Songwriter & Folk Artist from Ohio
Steve Free is an internationally acclaimed award winning singer/songwriter/recording artist from Ohio. Just recently, Steve
was awarded Best Folk Singer by Lux Magazine in Staffordshire, England. “An award that puts Free at the top in his class worldwide.” In 2008 he received the Governor’s Award for Individual Artist and , in 2009, was honored by being named an Official “Ohio Treasure“.
The winner of numerous Music Industry Awards including 9 ASCAP AWARDS, a Platinum Record and a GRAMMY nomination he has charted over 30 songs on the National & International, Americana, Country & Billboard Charts, including 15 #1 songs, while remaining one of Music’s Top Folk Artist both in the U.S and in Europe.
Born near Portsmouth, Ohio, on September 16, 1950, Steve moved to Tucson, AZ when he was 3, but returned to Ohio at age 9 . He served in Air Force 1969-1973, where he took up the guitar and began writing songs. Around this time he met Philadelphia, PA native John Starkey and formed a folk trio in Philadelphia. There, they recorded and released songs on two small record labels. In 1990, Free signed with Fraternity Records, which is his current label. He shot to national attention in 1993 with his song about the Ohio Prison riot entitled “Siege at Lucasville”, which was used by the television series 48 Hours when they covered the story about the prison riot on their program.
In 1996 he was named International Independent Recording Artist of the Year, in 2008 he won the Governor’s Aard as the #1 Artist in his home state of Ohio and in 2009 was honored by The Kentucky State Senate for his musical contributions to Appalachia. He is an Ohio Arts Council and Midwest Arts Council “Ohio Artist On Tour “.
In 2000 he received a lifetime achievement award from Airplay International in Nashville for his decades of international airplay. His song ‘SEIGE AT LUCASVILLE’, about the 1993 Ohio prison riot was filmed by CBS TV’s 48 Hours in 1996 and his song OUR HOMETOWN is featured in the PBS Documentary ‘BEYOND THESE WALLS’.
In 2014, he has performed on PBS, NPR and THE NASHVILLE NETWORK
and been featured in The AFM International Magazine, GTE Music Magazine in Nashville and numerous other music industry magazines and newspaper articles. From the March 2019 Portsmouth Daily Times article:
“…He said his music really doesn’t fit into the mainstream music of today, but said “there’s a lot to be said about longevity.” He remembers back when he was a guest on the Charlie Daniels Show saying the producer told him to be different than anyone else and he would have a long and successful career. “And here I am,” Free said. “