Steve performing at The Great Plains Opry
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Steve (left) jammin at home at 18 yrs old with first guitar. (also pictured, l to r, Chris Ivey, Alan Mitchell, Wray Ivey
Steve Ivey, entrepreneur, musician, producer, manager, author, speaker, music writer,
17 time # 1 Billboard with multi Emmy, Grammy, Dove, Tele winning awards.
Steve's music has been in the the Billboard Top Ten sales charts for an
astounding 1000 weeks, over 15 million units sold as of 2018 and still counting
with music he has produced and written.
Steve began his entrepreneur journey with incorporating his first company, IMI (Ivey Music International) at age 20 where he still writes music, records, and distributes music and video. IMI has grown to have a global reach with music in over 20,000 retail outlets, a management division, publishing company, and recording studio. He began the company as a junior in college at Mercer University while studying classical music. Steve was studying and singing Opera in Italian, French, German and playing classical piano during the day for his music degree and then singing, writing, recording pop & country music and playing guitar at night.
He continued to earn a Masters degree in marketing and that foundation of studies in music and marketing lead to building IMI in to other business areas including a booking agency, artist seminar company, management & publishing company. Steve's first recording success was writing, producing, and playing all the instruments on a Chevrolet commercial. He continued to write songs and produce other artists as well as products of his own which lead to Steve touring and performing with his band in over 800 shows all across the US, Europe and Asia.
Steve's work in the studio and other business endeavors eventually took a front seat and he stopped performing with his band to focus 100% on building IMI. His studio work and recording lead him in to producing and working with numerous companies such as Sony, Warner Brothers, Provident, EMI, Curb, NBC, ABC, CBS, Dollar General, Walmart, The Weather Channel among others. Top artists he has produced music and recorded with include Dolly Parton, Aaron Neville, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Blackhawk, Billy Dean, UrbanNation, Wild Animal Baby, The Care Bears, The Hello Strangers, Duck Dynasty's Mountain Man, Alexa, BeDoTell, Slidawg, The Oak Ridge Boys, Thomas Kincade, Mark Wills, Special Olympics, UrbanNation, Make A Wish Foundation, Operation Christmas Child, The Great Plains Opry, The Salvation Army, Blessing Offor, Betty Cantrell and numerous others.
IMI studio is located at The Sound Kitchen Studio Complex where Steve records, writes, and as a musician of various instruments produces and distributes recordings with millions of copies sold in 20 countries around the world. He has been awarded in multi genres of writing and production including pop, kids, bluegrass, country, urban, black gospel, Celtic, folk and comedy. As of 2018, IMI has globally sold over 15 million CD's and other music related products and 14 million songs. IMI has managed and marketed many brands and artists for over a decade and has expanded it's work in management beginning the Whitehawk Agency which focuses on branding and career management and development.
Steve decided to diversify his entrepreneur efforts and started another company in the energy sector
called Simon Solar with the idea to build a solar farm in his home state of Georgia. This company has
now built the largest solar electric plant east of the Mississippi River at 30 Megawatts which is enough
power for about 7000 homes annually. The plant is in full operation as of December, 2013.
Simon Solar is continuing to build other energy related projects. For more information
Steve is married to Sandy and they have two great all star hockey playing sons now attending college, and a well loved great dog. When not with his family or in a studio, he spends his time on tennis courts, by the pool, at Titans or Predators games or on a beach somewhere as often as possible.