Anthony Smith has always been drawn to music. As soon as he was able to pick up a guitar, he started playing. Later on, he would sing in his church choir. “From there it progressed, and I was playing in church bands.” he says. “Music was like a magnet.”
Today, Anthony, who lives in Nashville, is a well-known singer, songwriter and record producer. His debut album, "If That Ain’t Country," on Mercury Records Nashville, featured three Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts.
Most of his music, though, has been created for other big-name recording artists. He has written over 250 songs for various artists such as Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Montgomery Gentry.
“Most of the time, I just pitch a song to them, and after that they may either decide to use it or they’ll come back and ask if I can write another one like it,” says Anthony.
Some of his most notable lyrics include "Cowboys Like Us" performed by Blake Shelton, "Run" by George Strait and "My Worst Fear" by Rascal Flatts. With his unique style of songwriting, listening to each rendition of his music evokes strong emotions and captivating visuals.
Anthony has won many impressive awards from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as well as the prestigious Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year award by Music Row Magazine.
His love of performing keeps him on the road a good part of the year. “I still do a lot of shows, about 50 to 60 a year, from Nashville to Florida,” he says.