- Anthony Smith (songwriter)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Anthony Smith
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Ralph Anthony Smith
Warsaw, Indiana, USA
Instrument = Vocals
Electric guitar Banjo
Genre = Country
Singer-songwriter Record producer
Years_active = 2002-present
Label = Mercury Nashville
URL = http://www.anthonysmith.com
Anthony Smith is an American
country musicsinger, songwriter, and record producer. As a musician, Smith recorded one album (" If That Ain't Country") on Mercury Nashville Recordsin 2003. The album produced three Top 40 singles on the "Billboard" Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Although he has not recorded any other albums, he continues to write singles and produce albums for other artists, including Top Ten hits for Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentryand George Strait.
Anthony Smith was born in
Warsaw, Indiana, but moved to eastern Tennessee soon after. [cite web |url=http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/article.asp?xid=760 |title=If that ain't country, that ain't Anthony Smith |accessdate=2008-08-23 |last=MacIntosh |first=Dan |date=August 2002 |work= Country Standard Time] His musical interests began at an early age, when he started writing gospel music; by age seven he had also learned to play guitar. At age nine, he had joined a band, and by age twelve he was arranging music at his church. [http://www.songwritersguild.com/smith_interview.htm Smith, Writer of Hits for Strait, McGraw, Hill, Adkins and More, Shares Advice With SGA Members] ] Smith moved to Kentuckyin his early 20s and joined several bands. Luke Lewis, the boss of Mercury NashvilleRecords, received a demo tape of Smith's music, and in 2000, he signed the artist to a record deal. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:jpftxq80ld6e~T1 allmusic ((( Anthony Smith > Biography )))] ] Meanwhile, Smith wrote songs for other artists, including "Run" by George Strait, "I'm Tryin'" and "Chrome" by Trace Adkins, "Didn't I" by Montgomery Gentry, and "That's What Brothers Do" by Confederate Railroad.
Smith's debut album was released on Mercury Nashville in 2002, the same year that he was granted a songwriting deal from BMI. [ [http://www.bmi.com/news/entry/200028 BMI.com | Anthony Smith] ] [ [http://countrymusic.about.com/cs/productreviews/gr/aaprasitac.htm Anthony Smith - If That Ain't Country] ] The album, titled "If That Ain't Country", produced three Top 40 singles, of which the title track was the highest-charting. After exiting Mercury in 2003, Smith continued to write songs for other artists, in addition to producing
Trick Pony's 2005 album " R.I.D.E.". In 2007, two more songs co-written by Smith entered the charts: "Daisy" by Halfway to Hazard, and " What Do Ya Think About That" by Montgomery Gentry, followed by Tim McGraw's Top 20 "Kristofferson" in 2008.
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