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Artists like Alex Smith are living proof of the positive benefits of having technology at our fingertips. Born in a Alexandria, Louisiana in 1993, Smith is is a third generation musician, with both his father and grandfather also being musicians. His father placed him in piano lessons at a young age. An instrument, Alex decided, wasn’t for him at the time. It wasn’t until years later that Alex would pick up a different instrument while playing a popular video game, Guitar Hero. The small taste of playing an instrument sparked a fire that had laid buried inside Smith until that point. It was soon after Alex received his first acoustic guitar as a gift from his father. Many YouTube tutorials later, Alex had taught himself to play songs by artists such as John Mayer who continue to inspire him to this day.
During high school Alex dipped his toe in the performance pool while sitting in as the guitar player for the weekly mass at his Catholic school. Moving on to college, music remained a hobby for Smith until he was offered a gig at a pool party which ultimately changed the direction of Alex’s future. A manager of a local bar happened to be at the party and gave him the opportunity to play an hour set that week. Alex and his friends packed the venue, quickly turning his hour set into three hours. It wasn’t long until he was playing gigs four or five nights a week.
Alex spent the last two summers of college traveling to Nashville, couch hopping, improving his songwriting craft and recording his first EP, Fear of Missing Out, at Blackbird studios with producer Ryan Sutton. He moved to Nashville full-time in 2016. With the move he released Fear of Missing Out and went on his first radio tour landing his single “Load It Up” at #41 on the Billboard Indicator chart. Since the success of Fear of Missing Out, Smith has continued to put out new content. His song “Hose” raked in over 100k streams in three months after releasing in June of 2018 and he just released his newest single “Good Guy” on October 12.
Smith draws inspiration from all genres of music whether it be in the writing style of John Mayer, whom he admires his “ability to convey such complexity with the use of a simple lyric”, or the showmanship of Garth Brooks. If you were to hop in the car with Alex you could hear anyone from Shawn Mendes to Brothers Osborne to Devin Dawson playing through his speakers. This true definition of a modern artist will continue to push the limits of marrying country lyrics with pop production as he continues to climb in his career.