About AJ Smith
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.
Starting his piano training at 3 and violin at 5, Smith has honed his craft since a young age, whether singing in his church choir or performing as a Young Associate to the National Symphony Orchestra. His unique pop sound is an effectively orchestrated blend of acoustic and electronic instruments: both raw and refined, featuring beautifully patient builds, mesmerizingly unforgettable melodies, and emotionally compelling lyrics.
Smith plays ten instruments and his style is born out of his genre-crossing experiences including touring as fiddler in folk-bluegrass band The Circuit Riders, winning Best Original Performance in NYU’s prestigious 2011 UltraViolet Live Talent Competition (the same contest in which Lady Gaga competed when a student), and charting at #3 in Australia for his club track “Summertime,” praised by BeatMyDay for Smith’s “majestic vocals.”
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.
“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.
Music Festivals include:
SummerFest, MusikFest, New Music Seminar, Herndon Festival, and more.
Music Venues include:
Tysons Corner Plaza, The Kennedy Center, Webster Hall, Mercury Lounge, The Delancey, Arlene's Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall, Jammin' Java, and more.
AJ Smith is currently in the process of writing / recording new material for release in 2017.
Instagram - @ajsmithmusic
CURRENT TOUR BAND:
AJ Smith - Lead vocals, piano, guitar, violin
Jakob Reinhardt - Backing vocals, guitar
Lloyd Kikoler - Bass guitar
Tom Jorgensen - Drums, percussion
Noah Hyams - Drums, percussion
Travis Fodor - Backing vocals, guitar
Brett Miller - Backing Vocals, keyboards
Jono Stewart - Bass guitar
Matti Dunietz - Drums, percussion
Peter Hodgson - Backing vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar
Jane Kivnick - Backing vocals
Andrew Orkin - Electric guitar
Billy Richling - Electric guitar
Tiger Darrow - Backing vocals, cello
AnnMarie Powers - Backing vocals, keyboards