Canaan Smith

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Canaan Smith
Birth name Canaan Lee Smith[1]
Born (1982-08-24) August 24, 1982 (age 32)
Williamsburg, Virginia, US
Origin Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels Mercury Nashville

Canaan Lee Smith (born August 24, 1982) is an American country music singer-songwriter signed with Mercury Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. His debut single, "We Got Us" was released January 24, 2012. His sophomore single, "Love You Like That", was released on July 21, 2014. He was also a reality television contestant on The Amazing Race.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Smith graduated from Lafayette High School in Williamsburg in 2001 and then moved to Nashville to study at Belmont University.

Smith married Christy Hardesty in 2014.[3]


In 2009, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee aspiring for a musical career and co-wrote the hit "Runaway" by country band Love and Theft[4] that made it to number 10 in the Billboard Hot Country Songs and 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009.[5][6]

His debut single, "We Got Us", was released in January 2012 after being made available on iTunes starting December 24, 2011. The song was written by Stephen Barker Liles, Tommy Lee James, and Canaan Smith himself and produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten.[7] It debuted at number 53 on the country music charts.[8] The music video, directed by Brian Lazarro, was broadcast on GAC making it to the "GAC Top 20 Ballot". Country Weekly magazine featured him in "Ones to Watch in 2012",[9] as did Roughstock.[7]

Smith returned to the studio in February 2012 to finish his debut album.[5] On July 21, 2014, Canaan Smith released his sophomore single, titled "Love You Like That". The music video was released on Vevo on September 10, 2014. It reached at number one on the Country Airplay chart in July 2015. The album's second single, "Hole in a Bottle" released to country radio on August 17, 2015.

In October 2014 Smith was featured as one of the “10 New Artists You Need To Know: Fall 2014” in Rolling Stone Country.[10]

On March 24, 2015, Smith released his self-titled EP.[11] The EP debuted at No. 16 on the Top Country Albums chart and at No. 97 on the Billboard 200, with 2,900 copies sold in the US for the week.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Bronco 4 29

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Canaan Smith[14]
  • Release date: March 24, 2015
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
16 97


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2012 "We Got Us" 44 N/A
2014 "Love You Like That"[16] 6 1 46 20 95
  • RIAA: Gold
2015 "Hole in a Bottle"A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ATo be released August 17.[18]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2012 "We Got Us" Brian Lazzaro
2014 "Love You Like That" Marc Klasfeld


Year Tour
2014 CMA Fest
2014 Florida Georgia Line "This Is How We Cruise"
2014 Country Deep Tour with Jana Kramer
2015 Where It All Began Tour with Dan + Shay
2015 Sounds of Summer Tour with Dierks Bentley

The Amazing Race[edit]

Smith and his girlfriend at the time, Mika Combs, were the sixth team to be eliminated in the 15th season of The Amazing Race.

In 2014 Smith became engaged to his girlfriend Christy Hardesty.



  1. ^ Smith, Canaan Lee. "Songwriter/Composer: SMITH CANAAN LEE". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy (December 12, 2011). "Canaan Smith, 'We Got Us' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Wyland, Sarah (September 4, 2014). "Canaan Smith Marries Longtime Girlfriend Christy Hardesty". Great American Country. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Maniac Exchange "Nashville's Breakout Star- Canaan Smith"". Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b WZTV Fox 17: Artist to Watch - Canaan Smith
  6. ^ Billboard magazine: Page for "Runaway" by Love and Theft
  7. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt. "Single Review: Canaan Smith - We Got Us". Roughstock. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Country Music Charts". Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Canaan Smith: News: Universal Music Nashville". 
  10. ^ “10 New Artists You Need To Know: Fall 2014”,Country, Retrieved Dec 8, 2014 from
  11. ^ Rebekah Bell (February 23, 2015). "Canaan Smith Announces Self-Titled EP". Taste of Country. 
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 1, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For April 1, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  13. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 22, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report for July 22, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  14. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (February 18, 2015). "Canaan Smith To Release Mercury Records Nashville EP in March". MusicRow. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 20, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For May 20, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  16. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-07-19. 
  17. ^
  18. ^ "R&R :: Going For Adds :: Country". Radio & Records. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  19. ^ Parks, Tim (October 26, 2009). "Mika Combs, Canaan Smith ('Amazing Race')". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 

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