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Daniel Smith

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
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"Daniel Smith Has Recipe for “Livin’ The Good Life”"

New Single Sure To Spawn Fans In The Sand

Looking for a great summer song to test drive your new beach blanket? Then bend an ear to Daniel Smith’s sunny latest single , “Livin’ The Good Life” that’s being relased to radio on May 19. It’s a party in an i-Pod, complete with hot sand, pounding waves and Mai Tai’s for everybody.

Co-written by Smith and Charles Moore, “Livin’ The Good Life” is the lead offering from Smith’s forthcoming Parlor Records album, Revolution.

The tall, handsome singer-songwriter first gained widespread attention in 2006 with his stirring “Thank You (Tribute To The American Soldier).” from his debut album, American Made. The song was later adopted as the theme music for the Thank You Foundation of Cincinnati, an organization that provides aid to veterans. In recent months, Smith and his band have performed the song and other fan favorites at military bases in Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina .

Now, let Daniel Smith refresh your memory about “where the breeze was cool and the love was hot.”
- Susan Collier Public Relations

"CD REVIEW: Daniel Smith - "American Made""

CD Review: Somewhere between old and new Country music, is music that captures the best elements of both. That's what Daniel Smith, a singer/songwriter from Latonia, Kentucky via Nashville, Tennessee, offers on his debut CD. With songs that are devoid of any superficial ingredients, he consistently and successfully showcases his talents throughout his debut project.

The radio friendly tracks, "Right Side Of Love," and "Ain't No Place Like Home," are commercial gems that would be welcomed additions to any Country music playlist, but songs like "Thank You," which convey gratitude to the soldiers who are fighting in the war, and my personal favorite, "True Measure Of A Man," add depth and dimension to a roster of songs that will appeal to music fans and industry professionals alike.

On "True Measure Of A Man" he writes: being a man ain't got nothing to do with how tough you are, or what you've got to prove, but is rather about how you carry yourself - which is what makes you strong, and knowing the difference between right and wrong...which is the true measure of a man...simply facing life and doing the best you can...I like the message and I promote it everytime I speak to young men in high schools who are seeking the very guidance that Daniel gives in this song.

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches in height is not what puts Daniel Smith head and shoulders above the rest of aspiring Country artists, it's the songwriting talent and genuine American Made qualities that he embodies as a man that distinguish him.

Advice: Keep knocking on those doors in Nashville - either you or your songs will receive the invitation you are seeking.

www.danielsmithmusic.net - Gian Fiero-Muses Muse


By Matt Bjorke

-Daniel Smith is an independent artist but you wouldn’t know that from listening his recently released “The EP.” Collection. Featuring six tracks, The EP sounds as good as anything currently coming out of the label system in Nashville. With a solid banjo-backed melody, “The Memories Go On” rolls easily across the ears while Daniel is able to use his expressive voice to good use on radio single “Man Like Me,” which is –for my money – one of the best singles of the year. The EP also features the country rocker “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happy Hour,” which melodically recalls hit 80s pop/rock songs. Everything on The EP is tastefully produced, well-written and performed. I can’t wait to hear a whole record from this artist. - Roughstock

"Singer Daniel Smith Offers His Own Stimulus Package, “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour”"

Song Also Signals Release of His New Album, The EP

NASHVILLE, TN ( JULY 20, 2009) American patriots around the world will thrill to the release of Daniel Smith’s stirring (or shaken) new single, “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit. Of Happy Hour.” This tribute to our nation’s most cherished values—especially the two-for-one principle—will begin spinning at radio stations July 27.

“These are the times that dry men’s soul,” Smith says solemnly. “Take away our happy hour and you’d have another revolution.”

Written by Smith and Charles Moore, “Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour” is the lead single from Smith’s newest album, The EP, which has just been released on DLS Records.

Last summer, the strapping 6-foot-5 singer/songwriter inspired a rush of happy hour toasts with his lyrical celebration of sand and sun, “Livin’ The Good Life.” More recently he won over legions of new fans with his single and music video, “Man Like Me,” and his round of appearances at the CMA Music Festival.
- Music Row

"Daniel Smith Takes Acoustic Corner Visitors to the Islands and Back for Hot Wings"

After meeting Daniel Smith at his booth in Greased Lightning Fan Fair Hall, Pam and Ray Lee along with their friend Alan Bradburn, all from Liverpool, England, took seats to see him play at the Durango Acoustic Corner.

Smith performed eight original songs, starting off with “What U See Is What U Get” and “Welcome to My Reality.” He took the audience to the islands with everything but the tropical drinks as he sang “Living the Good Life.” In “Ain’t No Place Like Home” he crooned of destinations he had traveled to, though his “heart lays in Tennessee.” Smith’s next song, “Thank You,” a tribute to all the servicemen and women, won a standing ovation.

Whether singing about gaining unintended weight and having cholesterol problems in “What’s Wrong with That” or relationships in “Right Side of Love,” Smith forged a connection with listeners who could relate easily to his narrative.

As Smith introduced his final song, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happy Hour,” the audience laughed, cheered, and clapped at the playful nature of the title. He crooned about consuming hot wings and cold beer as “exercising our God-given constitutional right… to throw back a long neck.” Though listeners spilled in throughout Smith’s set, most settled down, enjoyed the air-conditioning, and remained for the set.

Upon exiting, Pam and Ray Lee raved that Daniel Smith sounded “just like the record” and were absolutely glad that they were able to see such a great musician in such an intimate setting.

-- Alyssa Smith - Country Music Association

"Daniel Smith Webcasts Live to Soldiers in Iraq, Kuwait"

Singer Joins Others at Ohio Heroes Celebration

(Nashville, TN. October 8, 2007) Thanks to webcast technology, Parlor Records artist Daniel Smith was able to beam his musical greetings live to thousands of American troops in Iraq and Kuwait. The transmission took place Saturday from the Heroes Celebration at Voice of America park in West Chester, Ohio. The patriotic event attracted a crowd of 15,000.

The day-long show, which also featured performances by 38 Special and a remote feed from Virginia by Rodney Atkins, was webcast to Camp Taji, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Fallujah, Camp Victory (in Baghdad) and Camp Taqaddum. A web linkup also enabled many of the soldiers to talk face-to-face with relatives attending the celebration.

Smith is best known for his recording of “Thank You (A Tribute To The American Soldier), “ which he wrote for his current album, American Made. The Thank You Foundation, a Cincinnati-based organization that supports American soldiers and veterans, has adopted the song as its official theme.

A native of northern Kentucky, the handsome 6-foot-5 Smith was the featured entertainer at the recent MidFirst Ohio Challenge in Middletown, Ohio. Last year, he headlined the Country For A Cause concert at the Madison Theater in Covington, Kentucky, to raise funds for The Point/ARC, a non-profit organization that funds job placement for intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals.

Smith is a staff writer for Best Built Songs.

Visit Daniel on the web at: www.DanielSmithMusic.net <http://www.danielsmithmusic.net

For More information contact:

Susan Collier Public Relations
(615) 356-0375
E-mail: SusanScollier@bellsouth.net

- Music Row Magazine

"Patriotic Singer Will Headline Saturday Show"

Daniel Smith Is Featured Performer
At MidFirst Ohio Challenge, July 20-22

Country singer Daniel Smith will be the featured entertainer at the fifth annual MidFirst Ohio Challenge, July 20-22, at Smith Park in downtown Middletown, Ohio. Smith, who will perform Saturday (July 21) at 8 p. m., is best known for writing and recording “Thank You,” the popular tribute to American soldiers. The song has been adopted by the Cincinnati-based Thank You Foundation, which champions the cause of America’s veterans, as its official theme.

During Smith’s performance, the Fastrax Skydiving team will descend on the concert area with a 7,500-square foot American flag. The Thank You Foundation will also use the occasion to make a special presentation to veterans and active duty troops from the area.

Several bands from the Midwest will offer open air concerts each day of the Challenge. Price for walk-in adults is $1. The adult admission fee is included in the on-site $5 parking fee. Children who are 12 or under will be admitted free.

The song “Thank You” is on Daniel Smith’s current album, American Made.

- Cincinnati Post

"Fan Fair :: Daniel Smith"

Singer Daniel Smith Salutes American Veterans and Their Families
In a Series of Appearances June 7-10 at the CMA Music Festival

Recording artist Daniel Smith spotlighted the Cincinnati-based Thank You Foundation and its honorees at the recently concluded CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The annual program of concerts, fan club gatherings and autograph sessions is the largest country music celebration in the world.

Smith has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Thank You Foundation—which honors America’s military —since the organization adopted his self-penned tribute to the American soldier, “Thank You,” as its theme song.

In addition to performing on several Festival stages, the 6-foot-5 Smith delighted hundreds of his fans by meeting them face-to-face for autographs and photos at his attractively decorated booth in the Nashville Convention Center. Other artists in booths nearby included Emerson Drive, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Aaron Tippin , and more.

A focal point of Smith’s booth was the prominently displayed Thank You Foundation banner. The singer and his band also handed out Thank You Foundation brochures throughout the Festival.

On opening day, June 7, Smith personally hosted Blue Star Mother Deborah Nichols and Blue Star Widow Brooke Willis and provided them Festival passes to the various musical and autographing events. (“Blue Star” is the Foundation’s designation for those who have loved ones in the military services.)

The following day, Smith was especially honored to meet and pose for pictures with a Special Forces soldier and country music enthusiast.

Later that same day, sponsors of the popular Greased Lightning booth invited Smith in to chat with fans and sign autographs.

Smith and his band began the final day of the Festival, June 10, with a rousing performance on the CMA Family Zone stage. Then it was on to another command appearance at the Great American Country booth. The Great American Country network was the first to feature Smith’s music video, “I’m Going Home.”

After that, Smith raced back to his own booth to preside over a drawing for a free Hohner acoustic guitar. The lucky winner, Jimmy Haley of Dyersburg, TN, is an actual guitar player who seemed overjoyed at his good fortune.

During the Festival’s four-day run, Smith autographed approximately 2,500 photos for his fans.

This was Smith’s first year to qualify for his own booth which is hotly competed for space at the Nashville Convention Center. Only artists who have been particularly active in performing and spreading the word about country music are eligible. In previous years, Smith appeared at booths sponsored by music-oriented organizations etc. including Great America Country and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, and the Greased Lightning booths.

A native of Taylor Mills, KY, Smith records for Parlor Records. His current album is American Made. Smith is in the studio this summer recording his sophomore album set for a fall release.

More than 190,000 fans attended this year’s CMA Music Festival. ABC-TV will air a special about the event on July 23. The Festival is sponsored by the Country Music Association.

- Various


the EP (Summer 2009)
Until I Close My Eyes For Good-Radio Single 10/11/2010
Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Happy Hour-Radio Single 7/27/2009
Man Like Me-Radio Single 1/2/2009
Livin' The Good Life-Radio Single 5/19/2008

American Made-LP
Right Side Of Love-Radio Single 11/01/2005
I'm Going Home-Radio Single 3/27/2006
What U See Is What U Get-Radio Single 11/21/2006



American Made
By Ed Morris

It's a good sign when a song from an artist's first album earns this level of praise the first day it's played on radio:

"Today on your show I heard Daniel Smith's 'I'm Going Home.' I would really like to get a copy of this song. I lost my Mother to cancer last December, and when I heard this song this morning it really touched my heart. I want to share it with my family." (Listener message to DJ Mike Thomas, KFAV-FM, St. Peters, Missouri)

Within Daniel Smith's rugged six-foot-five frame lies the heart of a poet and the warm, sincere and comforting voice of a best friend. Like those of Kris Kristofferson, Smith's lyrics are literate and well-defined meditations on life's uneven surfaces. All 11 songs on this debut album American Made are Smith's solo compositions, except for one he co-wrote. Clearly, here is an artist with his own voice and vision.

Smith grew up in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, a small town just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Although Cincinnati has long been a center of country and bluegrass music, Smith says his inspiration came from his parents' record collection, which tended to be heavy on albums by Eddy Arnold, Conway Twitty, the Statler Brothers and the gospel-singing Gaithers.

Like most boys his age, Smith also developed a strong affinity for rock music. In college, he began playing in his fraternity's rock band, No Exit, which made a sizable name for itself working the clubs and bars of Cincinnati and northern Kentucky.

"Eventually we broke up," Smith says, "and I kind of fell away from music for a while. But I finally realized that making music was what I wanted to do with my life. And I found myself drawn to country music. So I started writing songs and just getting to know the business." As he was learning the music trade, he supported himself by buying and "rehabbing" houses for sale.

While still living in Kentucky, Smith recorded a four-song demo and "shotgunned" it by mail to Nashville record labels and music publishers. "Obviously, I didn't know a lot about the industry then," he admits. " But that's what I did at first, and then I came down to Nashville just to get the feel of everything." He began making these exploratory trips in the winter of 2001 and the following summer he moved to Nashville.

Smith's big break came in July of 2003 when he met Larry Sheridan and Robin Ruddy, the owners of Best Built Songs, a music publishing company, and Parlor Recording Studio. (Sheridan and Ruddy would later be honored for their work on the Grammy-winning folk album, Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster. )

"I went in there to record a demo of a song called 'Thank You: Tribute To The American Soldier,'" Smith recalls, "and I struck up a relationship with them. I had done showcases and songwriters' nights at places like the Hall of Fame Lounge and the Broken Spoke and all that, but this was my first taste of the real music business." Impressed by his songwriting skills and recording potential, Best Built Songs signed him to a publishing contract.

Sheridan produced and Ruddy associate produced and played on American Made for their Parlor Records label.

Smith says he goes out of his way to keep his songwriting outlook fresh. "To be honest, I try not to listen to a lot of commercial radio so I won't be influenced by it," he explains. "I write more from my own perspective, material that will suit me personally and yet still be commercial."

This go-it-alone approach is apparent throughout American Made. Smith's "Thank You" is not an angry song as so many other tributes to soldiers have been. It doesn't lash out at terrorists or war protesters or threaten to kick anybody's butt. Instead, it is a dignified yet impassioned expression of gratefulness to those who've risked everything. In "Right Side Of Love", he rejoices for the once-misguided woman who's now found the man of her dreams, declaring that "the ship of fools she's been sailing on/has finally run aground."

Smith says he was inspired to write his comic "Fifth Amendment" after watching a Rockford Files rerun. "She had a bad case of Fifth Amendment," moans the betrayed lover, "acting a lot like a guilty defendant/refusing to answer the questions I posed/afraid that the truth just might be exposed."

Elsewhere, Smith writes and sings of honesty ("What U See Is What U Get"), the joys of a good marriage ("We've Got Love"), lessons learned ("True Measure Of A Man") and the benefits of living life on the edge ("What's Wrong With That"). "I'm Going Home," the song that sparked the letter quoted above, transports the listener from immobilizing despair to transcendent hope. Not a bad start.

At its best, country music rises above the fluid sounds of steel guitars and quaint postcard images of home. It finds wisdom in the commonplace, joy in the absurd moment and strength in unblinking self-awareness. This is Daniel