|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock|
1 June 1972, Long Island, New York, USA. This Nashville-based singer-songwriter grew up in Long Island, learning to sing from her stepmother, who was choir leader and music director of the church where Smiths stepfather was minister. She performed with a band while attending Bible college in Cincinnati, later graduating to the solo acoustic circuit after moving with her father to Knoxville, Tennessee. Her love of folk and bluegrass intensified in her new home and in turn inspired her own songwriting. In 1998, Smith moved to Nashville and began performing on the local club circuit. A charismatic live performer she soon attracted the attention of several major labels but, despite signing a publishing deal, held off committing herself to a recording contract. Smith made a notable appearance on the 2003 Dolly Parton tribute album Just Because Im A Woman: The Songs Of Dolly Parton, covering Partons country standard Jolene. Shortly...