17. Nate Smith
Nate Smith’s solo career catapulted after writing the hit “Wildfire” as a way to heal and share his experiences after living through the California wildfire that ravaged his hometown of Paradise, California in 2018. The song resonated with listeners around the world and has generated more than 15M streams.
By 2019, Smith was in Nashville pursuing his career in Country music. Since then, Smith signed a publishing deal with Sony, as well as a management deal with Simon Tikhman and Kevin “Chief” Zaruk of The Core Entertainment. Smith’s sound is a mix of gritty backwoods soul, rock ‘n’ roll swagger and velvet-thunder vocals.
Smith’s latest single, “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven” made waves upon its release, collecting over 2 million total on-demand streams in its first week. The song went viral on TikTok after he first posted a clip of it in September, and has since amassed over 3.5 million views, 550k likes, and 30k fan video creations on the platform.The music video was directed and produced by Chris Ashlee and filmed at the historic Wightman Chapel at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The video spotlights Nate standing in the church questioning why he’d want to go to heaven when he’s found a love that’s like heaven here on earth.
Label: Sony Music Nashville
Hot Release: “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven”
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