Denver-born songwriter and artist AJ Smith writes with such an emotional honesty and clarity, that you can’t help but get goosebumps listening to his music. The power of his voice turns his nostalgia into your memories, his triumphs into your successes, and his heartbreak into your own loss. He has opened for The Eagles and Lindsey Stirling,  performed in the off-Broadway and West End hit Close to You: Burt Bacharach Reimagined, and has been featured on radio stations including iHeart’s DC101, Z100, and  Eagle 97.7. 

Having received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in songwriting and film scoring from New York University, Smith has studied and worked with songwriting greats including Glenn Frey, Roseanne Cash, Phil Galdston, and Barry Eastmond. Smith’s mastery of songwriting led to his recognition by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Carole Bayer Sager Songwriting Scholarship.

 

Featured Demo of the Week: "Traces of You"

RECENT NEWS

“Brooklyn Nights” selected by Major League Baseball Network to highlight the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn, NY. 

Smith headlines east coast tour, drawing praise for his “set of pipes that will rattle the framework” (DC Rock Live).

“Brooklyn Nights” - co-produced by AJ Smith and GRAMMY-winner Scott Jacoby - put in rotation on DC101. 

AJ Smith performs as part of the Rising Artist Series at SummerFest in Milwaukee, WI.

Australian DJ and TV star Didier Cohen releases “Skyline ft. AJ Smith” to enthusiastic positive reviews.  

 

Unreleased/Available for Pitch & Sync (Production Ready)

Dark Side
Written by: AJ Smith & Rob Grimaldi
Produced by: AJ Smith & Rob Grimaldi

Misfits
Written by: AJ Smith & The Elev3n
Produced by: AJ Smith & The Elev3n

Don't Let Me Down Easy
Written by: AJ Smith & Donny Anderson
Produced by: AJ Smith

Fake It Til I Make It
Written by: AJ Smith, Jenson Vaughan, Milos Angelov
Produced by: AJ Smith & Milos Angelov

Never Let You Go
Written by: AJ Smith
Produced by: AJ Smith

Can't Get High
Written by: AJ Smith, Chris Yurchuck, & Milos Angelov
Produced by: AJ Smith & Milos Angelov

Save Me
Written by: AJ Smith & Milos Angelov
Produced by: AJ Smith & Milos Angelov

Hey, Hello
Written by: AJ Smith
Produced by: AJ Smith & Lloyd Kikoler

Sorry Song
Written by: AJ Smith & Chris Yurchuck
Produced by: AJ Smith, Jon Buscema, & Billy Seidman

Bandits
Written by: AJ Smith & Greg Borowsky
Produced by: AJ Smith & Lloyd Kikoler

Selected Projects in Progress

Songs picked up by other artists

Dark Days
Written by: AJ Smith & Victoria Dennis
Produced by: Lloyd Kikoler & AJ Smith


Released by AJ Smith

BROOKLYN NIGHTS EP

Brooklyn Nights (Lyrics)
Written by: AJ Smith
Produced by: Scott Jacoby, Lloyd Kikoler, Milos Angelov & AJ Smith
Wildfire (Lyrics)
Written by: AJ Smith & Brian Kierulf
Produced by: Scott Jacoby, Lloyd Kikoler, & AJ Smith
Great Escape (Lyrics)
Written by: AJ Smith & Brian Kierulf
Produced by: Scott Jacoby, Lloyd Kikoler, Brian Kierulf, & AJ Smith

Die For Your Love
Written by: AJ Smith
Produced by: Scott Jacoby, Lloyd Kikoler, & AJ Smith

Lionheart (Lyrics)
Written by: AJ Smith, Milos Angelov, & Matt James
Produced by: Scott Jacoby, Lloyd Kikoler, & AJ Smith

DRAGONS IN THE SKY EP

Found our photo booth pictures from that old school Brooklyn bar
We were laughing, making out, drinking gluten-free beer out of jars
With that Indie band up on stage, some cookie-cutter hipster name
Singing, “We don’t care ‘bout the money! We only care about the fame!”

Oh won’t you take me back, take me back
To those Brooklyn Nights, Brooklyn Nights
Take me back, I just want to go back in time
To those Brooklyn Nights, Brooklyn Nights

Found a rooftop party, traded secrets on the fire escape
With the city at our backs, we took shots ’till I guessed your middle name
Never dreamt that in the morning you be packed, you’d be running off to JFK
Well I don’t care if you love me, no, but God, I need you to stay

Oh won’t you take me back, take me back
To those Brooklyn Nights, Brooklyn Nights
Take me back, I just want to go back in time
To those Brooklyn Nights, Brooklyn Nights

To being young and being bold
Yeah I gotta go back to those Brooklyn Nights
Cause getting drunk never gets old
Yeah I gotta go back to those Brooklyn Nights

Oh won’t you take me back, take me back
To those Brooklyn Nights, Brooklyn Nights
Take me back, I just want to go back in time
To those Brooklyn Nights, Brooklyn Nights

Can’t seem to stop myself
Feels like we’re going back in time
Back to our younger selves
That night that we came alive

So hot we can barely breathe
So dark we can barely see
So fast we’re falling free and we’re igniting like

Wildfire - lighting up the dark with our burning heart
Wildfire - burning up in flames, now we’re going all the way
There’s a fire in hips, desire in your lips
Written in a kiss, it had to come to this
Wildfire, like wild wildfire

Wish I could stay for days
Finding all your tattoos
Setting your world ablaze
So I could rediscover you

So hot we can barely breathe
So dark we can barely see
So fast we’re falling free and we’re igniting like

Wildfire - lighting up the dark with our burning heart
Wildfire - burning up in flames, now we’re going all the way
There’s a fire in hips, desire in your lips
Written in a kiss, it had to come to this
Wildfire, like wild wildfire

Started as a spark, just a light in the dark
Started as a spark, just a light in the dark
Started as a spark, just a light in the dark
Started as a spark, just a light in the dark

Wildfire - lighting up the dark with our burning heart
Wildfire - burning up in flames, now we’re going all the way
There’s a fire in hips, desire in your lips
Written in a kiss, it had to come to this
Wildfire, like wild wildfire

When I catch your eye, I forget how to breathe
Words stumbling out 'cause you're out of my league

And my head starts spinning like never before
My heart keeps pounding like I'm fighting a war
And they say, "You can't be brave if you're never afraid."
Well I'm shaking and I'm taking a chance

So I can be your Lionheart
If you love me now, I won't let you down
I'll be a Lionheart for you, for you
'Cause you're perfect and you're worth it -
I would walk through fire, burn a thousand times
To show my Lionheart's for you, for you

When we first kissed, I needed you every day
Now I've got a ring in my hand and I can't wait

And my head starts spinning like never before
My heart keeps pounding like I'm fighting a war
And they say, "You can't be brave if you're never afraid."
Well I'm shaking and I'm taking a chance

So I can be your Lionheart
If you love me now, I won't let you down
I'll be a Lionheart for you, for you
'Cause you're perfect and you're worth it -
I would walk through fire, burn a thousand times
To show my Lionheart's for you, for you

And my head starts spinning like never before
My heart keeps pounding like I'm fighting a war
And they say, "You can't be brave if you're never afraid."
Well I'm shaking and I'm taking a chance

So I can be your Lionheart
If you love me now, I won't let you down
I'll be a Lionheart for you, for you
'Cause you're perfect and you're worth it -
I would walk through fire, burn a thousand times
To show my Lionheart's for you, for you

Headlights fighting through the dark
A caravan of broken hearts
We knew we had to break away
That's why we're run, run, runaways

The night's young at 3 AM
We're running on adrenaline
The world's there for us to take
That's why we're run, run, runaways

And we're making our Great Escape
For every mile, we're living wild
Great Escape
We're living loud, we're in the now
Can't stop 'cause we're on a roll
Going anywhere we wanna go
We wanna fly, we wanna fall
We're making our Great Escape
Going all the way to make our Great Escape

Everywhere is somewhere new
We only stay a day or two
Any longer, we can't say
That we're run, run, runaways
We don't care how far we go

Cause we're making our Great Escape
For every mile, we're living wild
Great Escape
We're living loud, we're in the now
Can't stop 'cause we're on a roll
Going anywhere we wanna go
We wanna fly, we wanna fall
We're making our Great Escape
Going all the way to make our Great Escape

Life's too fast to take it slow
To make it last we need to let go
We won't look back, no one can say
That we were afraid

Cause we're making our Great Escape
For every mile, we're living wild
Great Escape
We're living loud, we're in the now
Can't stop 'cause we're on a roll
Going anywhere we wanna go
We wanna fly, we wanna fall
We're making our Great Escape
Going all the way to make our Great Escape