Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville breakout star Nate Smith has announced that he will release his debut, self-titled album on February 17.
“It has been so much fun making this album, and I really believe in every one of these songs,” Nate said. “Releasing an album has always been a goal of mine, but at the end of the day it’s really not about me. It’s about being able to reach other people with music that means something.” He adds that his mission with his music is to be a “conduit of hope”; a selfless and passionate driving force that’s thematic in his songs. “I’m not trying to be cool, or reinvent the wheel, or chase musical trends…I’m going after the heart of the matter.”
Nate Smith includes his current single “Whiskey On You,” which is Platinum-certified in Canada and Top 5 and climbing at Canadian country radio, as well as recent releases “I Found You” and “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven.”
Nate’s journey to Nashville and the challenges he endured along the way are traceable in his gravelly tone, including losing his hometown of Paradise, CA to Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. Following the fire, Nate turned to music to cope, eventually inspiring a cross-country road trip to Nashville to pursue music full-time. Coincidentally, the announcement of his debut album arrives on the four-year anniversary of the start of the fire (Nov. 8, 2018).
Through all the hardships, the rising star found purpose and hope. Like Nate, the 20-song collection is honest, raw, real, and threaded together with optimism. While each song tells its own story, Nate unveils two sides of his artistry through the project: deep, heartfelt ballads and fun-loving, drink in the air, country jams. The two are intertwined with undeniable hooks and his signature velvet thunder vocals.
Last week, Nate shared that he will be joining Thomas Rhett on his HOME TEAM TOUR 23. The tour will kick off May 4 in Des Moines, IA, and will hit a total of 40 cities next summer. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 11 at 10am local. Additionally, Nate was recently named the final member of the Grand Ole Opry’s NextStage Class of 2022, where he’ll take the stage on November 20 for their Opry NextStage Live In Concert, presented by Geico, alongside other 2022 NextStage artists Elvie Shane, BRELAND, Restless Road, and Conner Smith. For tour dates and additional information, visit NateSmithOfficial.com.
Featuring a mix of gritty backwoods soul, rock ‘n’ roll swagger and velvet-thunder vocals, Nate Smith’s personal journey inspired him to be a beacon of country-music hope, an inspirational mission he puts front-and-center. A California native, former worship leader, and lifelong music lover, Smith approaches that mission with a background as eclectic as it gets. Learning guitar at 13, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley and Bob Seger were among those informing his powerful, fire-from-within vocals, while Michael Jackson made him crave the spotlight and Nirvana gave his sound a jagged edge.
He first chased his neon dreams to Nashville in his early 20s – but it didn’t stick. The disheartened Smith returned home and thought he was “100-percent done” with his artistic journey…until a crucible of change burned away the past.In 2018, Smith lost everything he owned in the devastating Camp Fire which tore through Paradise, California, now known as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Although his family was safe, he struggled to cope and turned back to music, hoping that it would help comfort himself and others. Help it did, inspiring a month-long road trip across the U.S. to Music City, writing music and playing dive bars along the way.
Soon after his arrival to Nashville, Nate released his biggest song to date, “Wildfire,” and landed a publishing deal with Sony ATV. Since then, he’s released new music including “Sleeve” and “Under My Skin,” which has amassed over 70 million on-demand streams to date. The singer was named a Spotify Hot Country Artist to Watch for 2021 – an accurate prediction as he rounded out the year with a record deal with Sony Music Nashville and two new songs: “Raised Up” and the viral TikTok hit “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven.” The powerhouse vocalist is now making waves with his latest release, “Whiskey On You,” which is currently Top 15 and climbing at country radio. Nate is managed by Kevin “Chief” Zaruk and Simon Tikhman with The Core Entertainment.