October 6th, 2021 7pm Stage 2
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An Indie/Pop singer-songwriter who has been invited to open for The Eagles and Billy Joel. A classically-trained multi-instrumentalist who served with the National Symphony Orchestra while in High School. A former engineering student who interned for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, but ultimately pursued a Master's Degree in songwriting.
Denver-born, and recently relocated from NYC to Nashville, AJ Smith’s unconventional path to pop artist is reflected throughout his music, which has the uncanny ability to evoke a nostalgic desire for dramatic pop of decades past while sounding modern, fresh, and emotional. It's no surprise then, that Smith’s songwriting and performance abilities have earned multiple awards, including the prestigious Abe Oleman Scholarship from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a semi-finalist ranking in the 2020 International Songwriting Contest. Recent highlights include consistent airplay on the SiriusXM Billy Joel channel, being named Performer Magazine’s Artist of the Month, collaborating with Martin Guitars as they launch their new line of ukuleles, and additional stories in American Songwriter, Good Morning America, CBS Radio, Spin Magazine, and more.
“Born for the spotlight, it might just be a matter of time before one of his irresistible tunes launches him to stardom” - Music Connection
“Genuinely star-powered, butter-voiced talent and charisma” - Spin Magazine
“The unique qualities and power of his voice turn his nostalgia into your memories, his triumphs into your successes, and his heartbreak into your own loss” - All Access Magazine
“Smith combines his eclectic musical style with solid songwriting and a gift for expressing emotional triumph” - Parade Magazine
“Armed with a triumphant beat, up-and-coming pop virtuoso AJ Smith” made Uproxx’s best new pop music list with his feel-good single, “Confetti” - Uproxx