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, and has been featured on radio stations including iHeart’s DC101, Z100, and Eagle 97.7.

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.


A Fantastic Show! Versatility is the name of the game for Smith when it comes to performances.
— The Connection Newspapers
This kid’s incredible.
— Australian Associated Press
AJ Smith was coined the best original solo act for improvising a song on the spot, looping multiple instruments together in a really innovative way.
— NYU Local