Smith plays ten instruments and his unique 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.” His multi-instrumental abilities led Smith to join the cast of the off-Broadway and West End hit Close to You: Burt Bacharach Reimagined as the primary understudy/swing.
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 as the Abe Olman Songwriters Hall of Fame Songwriter of the Year and the Carole Bayer Sager Songwriting Scholarship Recipient.
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"Smith’s dreamy voice is just gritty enough to rock out to, but poised enough to make for a pleasant listening experience too!"
"With charisma and his own self confidence, the singer describes a love story about the unconventional. He proclaims the importance of being a little different and owning your individual identity."
"Get this single on the radio! AJ Smith‘s Misfits is a hand-clapping, foot-tapping good time."