Alina Smith in 2011
August 25, 1991 |
St. Petersburg, Russia
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, piano/keyboards|
|Associated acts||Kesha, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Cowboy Troy, Eric Church, Dixie Chicks, Salt-N-Pepa, Jason Aldean, Black Eyed Peas|
Alina Smith was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She began singing and playing piano at three, fully conversing in both languages (English and Russian) at four; and composing music and writing poetry and stories from five years old. At six, she was offered a position with the established international group “Aurora”. Alina began as Aurora's youngest member and became its solo lead vocalist, touring regularly throughout the next several years, headlining at large and mid-sized venues all over Europe.
Touring in Europe led to performances in America; given an opportunity to live in Las Vegas, Alina moved to the United States. In her early teens, she was in an all-girl trio (“Enspyre”), which performed on the Vegas Strip. The act was a success, but her songwriting began to take more and more time and she eventually set her sights on a career as a country artist in Nashville.
In 2009, Alina was chosen to perform Alan Roy Scott's "Love Is The Answer" in Beijing at a concert broadcast throughout China on the country's primary television network, CCTV. In 2010, with a backing band, Alina performed two original songs and attained first place out of hundreds of competing Southern California musicians in KTLA-TV (Channel 5)'s "Battle of the Bands" contest.
Alina has had several connections with Japan, starting with having her cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" released in that country in 2010 on a Jackson tribute CD. Later that year, Sony Japan picked her composition "Fallin' 4 U" to be the debut single from the artist Aisha, which included a rap contribution from Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC. In April, 2011, Alina's own production of her song "Kissing Tree" was selected for a compilation CD released to raise relief funds after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Aisha and DMC performed "Fallin' 4 U" in Central Park, New York City, in June, 2011.
In February 2015, country music trade publication MusicRow announced that Alina was signed to a publishing contract with the major label publishing affiliate BMG/Chrysalis in a joint venture with Big Stage Music LLC. Her single "Free Beer" was released for sale on February 17th and selected as upcoming artist/song for play by nationwide satellite channel The Highway (Sirius XM) on its "On the Horizon" program. On March 19, Alina appeared live on the popular Bobby Bones Show podcast, playing her song "Ride".
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- China Central Television broadcast of Alina Smith singing "Love Is The Answer"
- KTLA broadcast announcing the winner of the Battle of the Bands Contest
- MJ Acoustic Covers
- Songs of Love for Japan Archived March 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Press release announcing Central Park concert
- Livewell, Shannon. "Alina Smith: A Girl Who Is Not Just In Nashville For The Free Beer". Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- http://www.bobbybones.com/media/podcast-the-bobby-bones-show-BobbyBonesShow/31915-bobby-bones-show-extra-podcast-25900880/ (from 18:50)