2. Conner Smith
Conner was born to write songs. The Nashville native’s mother interviewed songwriters as part of her work when he was a small child; he remembers being in her office, transfixed, listening to the tapes of the people most music lovers never saw telling the stories of where the songs came from. By the time he was 6, he was writing his own. By the time he was 9, he’d signed to BMI as a writer.
Working with hitmaking songwriters Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell while still in high school, the pair encouraged Conner to still finish his education. So, he spent his teenage years leading a double life: student in the morning, working songwriter from noon on. His dream turned into real life – his wide-range Country songs show the maturity and insight of an old soul discovered early. Once given the time, tools and opportunity to master the craftsmanship as a seasoned writer, he became not just one more kid shuffling from writing appointment to writing appointment.
Conner Smith has spent the past few years balancing school and baseball while introducing himself to country fans from coast to coast, performing alongside some of the genre’s top acts – Sam Hunt, Kane Brown and Kip Moore and has collaborated with an array of esteemed songwriters, including Josh Osborne, Jessie Jo Dillon and Hunter Phelps.
Being so immersed in songs and where they came from, the now 21-year-old Nashville is the rarest of all things: a songwriter from the inside out. You can feel it in the wanting so much more than the surface in “Tennessee,” the way “Take It Slow” captures the innocence of young love, and you can hear it in the old school lyric twist in “Learn From It,” which just made its debut at Country Radio. As Smith just released his latest “Why I Can’t Leave,” fans are also quickly discovering “I Hate Alabama.” Smith first released the song on his social media channels and the overwhelming response prompted him to immediately release the full song on all platforms… right before Alabama suffered a loss that ended their long-running winning streak. Conner will join Thomas Rhett’s Bring The Bar To You tour this summer.
Label: Big Machine Label Group
Hot Release: “Why I Can’t Leave” & “Learn From It”
If you like: Dylan Scott, Dustin Lynch, Sam Hunt