Shevy Smith

Shevy Smith

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Biography

It has been said that records are made in the studio, but careers are made on the road. After 57,000 miles and hundreds of shows, Shevy Smith is proof that the day of the troubadour is not entirely in the past. This road wise Kansas farm girl may have the appearance of a pop star, but at 22, her captivating voice and solid musicianship seem more akin to another era- perhaps the one that brought us artists like Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, and Jackson Browne. That place in time where careers were handcrafted and audiences were invited to grow along. Smith certainly echoes this observation, “To see yourself reflected off of strangers night after night and hear your voice echoed through their ears is the best way to figure out what you are. You get this feeling that there is a purpose to all of these miles.”
“It also restores your faith in authenticity. I remember a show earlier this year at a university in downtown Seattle. Before the show I surveyed the audience and was a bit leery about trying to relate my stories to this very punkish, anti-establishment crowd. So, I weighed my options and realized I didn’t know enough Cobain covers to fill a set, so my only choice was to do what I do! It ended up being one of the most magical, albeit surprising shows of the entire tour. It was as though they could see that there was no pretense in what I was doing. Just a girl and her songs, speaking of hopes and fears very similar to their own.” Smith adds, “To tell you the truth, my generation is so used to processed music, that I think they just breathe a collective sigh of relief when I don’t come at them with a six person troupe of dancers… they like the idea of an artist.”
Musically, Smith writes her tunes on both guitar and piano. “Few things feel as comfortable to me as piano keys underneath my fingers because I’ve been playing since I was four, but in the same breath, my guitars are my traveling companions- they hold so many possibilities and are always close by.” Smith signed her first publishing deal in Nashville soon after she turned eighteen and quickly delved into the Music City scene. “Living in Nashville is endlessly inspiring to me. A lot of people curse the music industry, but I just love the fact that there is an industry. I still find it amazing that I haven’t had to be a janitor or something! As long as I am paying my rent by making music, I am thrilled.”
So, as Shevy Smith embarks on another tour of adventures in support of her debut album, “Blueprint”, she will surely load her equipment in her Blazer and her road dog, Vivienne (a yellow lab), in the co-pilot seat. She will drive another fifty thousand miles and play once more to a myriad of crowds across the country. However, she will not lose sight of the reason she is inspired to play. “Music is, at the core, a spiritual experience for me. Spiritual in the sense that it lifts my spirit when I am down and amplifies my spirit when I am flying high with happiness. I think that feeling of purpose is visible when I am playing each night. Actually, I take that back. I know it is visible. Nothing burns brighter than a soul on fire.”