Artist You Need to Know: Caitlyn Smith

Ask anyone in Nashville and they will tell you exactly who Caitlyn Smith is and the impact she’s had on the industry. It’s about time that the rest of the world figures it out too.

The Minnesota native has called Nashville her home for the past 15 years. She was signed early on to a publishing deal and her songs were cut by country heavyweights like Garth Brooks (“Tacoma”),  Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers (“You Can’t Make Old Friends”) and the #1 song “Like I’m Going to Lose You” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend. If that list doesn’t show you her diversity then take a listen to her first full length studio album Starlight.

It began as a 7 track EP that Smith released independently after numerous failed attempts to land a record deal of her own. The EP was released in July of 2016 and 6 months later Smith was signed to Monument Records, and one year after that came the full, 12 track album Starlight, a critical success.

Smith can do it all, from letting it all out in a vocal powerhouse performance on “Contact High” to the quiet honesty of “This Town is Killing Me” which is the complete opposite of a love letter, penned to her dear Nashville. It’s very much the signature song on the album, a true example of Smith’s songwriting abilities.

The album is a reflection of who Smith is an artist. As she says, her last attempt to make it as an artist required her not to care about what was playing on the radio and to record her music, what she wanted to write and sing. And it worked. You can find anything from country, blues, pop, but it’s always the story the song tells that draws you into the song. And the voice. A voice like Smith’s doesn’t deserve to be hidden behind the profession of ‘songwriting;” it needs be broadcast everywhere.

As a woman in Nashville, Smith is becoming the voice and champion of other women songwriters. She co-funded Girls of Nashville, a celebration of female artists and songwriters from Kacey Musgraves to Taylor Edwards. Four times a year they come together and sing and share the songs they wrote, whether they became #1’s or have never been performed publicly.

Caitlyn’s second album Supernova is slated to be released in March of 2020. She gave us all a glimpse as to what is to be expected with “Put Me Back Together.” A haunting, powerful ballad, that could possibly be the best music Smith has released to date. It makes us all the more exited to see what Smith has planned next.