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DALLAS SMITH: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT
To Dallas Smith, Country Music is about the “special combination of a voice and song.” After spending nearly 10 years fronting Canadian rock band Default, Smith has stepped on his own, into the world of Country.
Hailing from British Columbia, Smith brings a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll power to his brand of lively Country Music. Producer Joey Moi captured his energy and unmistakable vocals on his breakout Canadian country debut, Jumped Right In, which netted five 2013 CCMA Award nominations. The CMW (Canadian Music Week) Radio Awards winner has once again teamed up with Moi for his U.S. Country debut on Big Loud Mountain, released March 4.
The title cut and first single, “Tippin’ Point,” written by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard along with Jaren Johnston, is an infectious party anthem. “‘Tippin Point’ is that blend of what I love about Country and rock,” he said. “The song sums me up as an artist and is a great representation of where I’m going.”
With energetic live shows and compelling tunes, it’s no surprise that Smith was tapped to open for music legend Bob Seger and is currently touring with FGL.
“I’m a huge Beatles and Keith Urban fan. Great melody with a great voice is king and to me they are the greatest.”
SONG YOU’D LOVE TO COVER
“My band and I were kicking around the idea of covering ‘I Hope You Dance.’ I love covering songs that are a bit outta left field for a male singer.”
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
“My wife and I just had a baby girl. I’m reading The Baby Book to help guide us through all the important stages coming up.”
SONG YOU SING IN THE SHOWER
“To be honest I’m more of a singin’ in the car kinda guy. I play the ‘find the harmony game’ to whatever is on the radio. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve been busted singing at stop lights. No shame.”
“The absolute worst things you’d ever hear someone say scream out of my mouth when I come across people driving slow in the left lane. I actually feel a bit bad afterwards but I just don’t get it. Other cars are laying on their horn constantly at you and you can’t figure out why? C’mon!”
MOMENT YOU’D LIKE TO RELIVE
“My wedding day was the best day of my life. The smile on my face as we walked into the reception as a married couple and seeing all of our loved ones there is something I would love to experience again.”
“Before I leave for a tour, my son likes to give me a picture he’s drawn or a tiny little toy or object to ‘remind me of him.’ It’s honestly the sweetest thing. If it’s small enough to fit in my pocket, I’ll always look at it before I head out onstage. Keeps me focused and gives me a boost of confidence.”
WHAT YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL SAY ABOUT YOU
“I hope that through my music I was able to help people enjoy their lives a little bit more, whether that be by numbing a painful emotion or helping them pound back that extra few beers from having such a great time at one of my shows. On a personal level, I hope that everyone I came in contact with felt I gave them the respect they deserved, made them feel good and somehow put a smile on their face.”
WHAT YOU’D BE IF NOT A MUSICAL ARTIST
“I was working construction right out of high school, installing air conditioning in commercial buildings. I assume I would have lost my mind and quit by now. No idea what I’d be doing instead of music and I don’t care to find out.”
GREATEST PERFORMANCE TO DATE
“I was blessed to open up for Bob Seger on his Canadian tour. The first show was in Calgary, Alberta, and I was more nervous than I had ever been in my career. Gave myself a locker-room pep talk in my own head, got up there and had the time of my life. Tough crowd at first but had a standing ovation to end it off. Unbelievable feeling.”
“First show was at a little local club here just outside of Vancouver. Shakin’ in my boots, to say the least. If it was at all possible to hide behind an inch-wide mic stand, I definitely nailed it. Didn’t say a word between songs … just shook. Two years later I was on The Tonight Show. I had to get over it fast.”
CMA Members: For More on Dallas Smith, check out the April/May 2014 issue of CMA Close Up!
Check out the official music video for Dallas Smith’s first U.S. single, “Tippin’ Point,” here:
Photo by Daniel Megs