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Ralph Anthony Smith is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. As a Nashville recording artist, Smith's debut album, If That Ain't Country, on Mercury Records Nashville . Produced three Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. As a songwriter Smith has had over 250 songs recorded by other Nashville recording artist.

Anthony Smith
Birth nameRalph Anthony Smith[1]
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar
Years active2002-present
LabelsMercury Nashville, Krankit, Banner Music Publishing Nashville
WebsiteOfficial site

BiographyEdit

Anthony Smith was raised in eastern Tennessee [2] His musical interests began at the early age of 5. At age nine, he had joined his first band, and by age twelve he was arranging music at his church.[3] Smith moved to Kentucky in his early 20s and joined several bands. Luke Lewis, the boss of Mercury Nashville Records, received a demo tape of Smith's music, and signed the artist to a record deal.[4] Meanwhile, Smith wrote songs for other artists, including "Run and "Cowboys Like Us" by George Strait, "I'm Tryin'" and "Chrome" by Trace Adkins, "Didn't I" and "What Do Ya Think About That" by Montgomery Gentry, and "What Brothers Do" by Confederate Railroad.[4] "My Worst Fear" for Rascal Flatts "Kristofferson" for Tim McGraw "Chasing Down a Good Time" by Randy Houser

Smith's debut album was released on Mercury Nashville, the same year that he was granted a songwriting deal from BMI.[5][6] 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, Smith continued to write songs for other artists, including "Cowboys Like Us", another single release by George Strait. In 2007, two other singles that Smith co-wrote entered the country charts "Daisy" by Halfway to Hazard, and "What Do Ya Think About That", another release by Montgomery Gentry. In 2008, Tim McGraw charted in the Top 20 with "Kristofferson", which Smith co-wrote with Reed Nielsen. In 2016, released the Houser single "Chasing Down a Good Time" which Smith co-wrote with Jeffrey Steele. Later that year, he signed to a second recording contract, this time with Stroudavarious Records. His first single for the label, "Bringin' Back the Sunshine", was released in July 2009, and debuted at No. 60 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Smith also released an extended play for the label, then left in early 2010 to form his own label, Krankit Records. His first release on this label was "Love Is Love Is Love."[7]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country US Heat
If That Ain't Country 26 16

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
Sunshine EP

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2002 "If That Ain't Country" 26 If That Ain't Country
"John J. Blanchard" 40
2003 "Half a Man" 40
2009 "Bringin' Back the Sunshine" 60 Sunshine EP
2010 "Love Is Love Is Love" Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2002 "If That Ain't Country" Charley Randazzo
2009 "Bringin' Back the Sunshine" Traci Goudie
2010 "Love Is Love Is Love" Marcel

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Full name per ASCAP BMI listings
  2. ^ MacIntosh, Dan (August 2002). "If that ain't country, that ain't Anthony Smith". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  3. ^ Smith, Writer of Hits for George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Many More, Shares Advice With SGA Members Archived May 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b allmusic ((( Anthony Smith > Biography )))
  5. ^ BMI.com | Anthony Smith
  6. ^ Anthony Smith - If That Ain't Country
  7. ^ "Anthony Smith Launches New Label Based In Nashville". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2010-02-05.