Anthony Smith was raised in eastern Tennessee  His musical interests began at the early age of 5. At age nine, he had joined his first band, and by age twelve he was arranging music at his church. Smith moved to Kentucky in his early 20s and joined several bands. Luke Lewis, the boss of Mercury Nashville Records, received a demo tape of Smith's music, and signed the artist to a record deal. Meanwhile, Smith wrote songs for other artists, including "Run and Cowboy's Like Us by George Strait, "I'm Tryin'" and "Chrome" by Trace Adkins, "Didn't I" and "Whataya Think About That" by Montgomery Gentry, and "What Brothers Do" by Confederate Railroad. "My Worst Fear" for Rascal Flatts "Kristofferson" for Tim McGraw "Chasing Down a Good Time" by Randy Houser
Smith's debut album was released on Mercury Nashville, the same year that he was granted a songwriting deal from BMI. The album, titled If That Ain't Country, produced three Top 40 singles, of which the title track was the highest-charting. After exiting Mercury, Smith continued to write songs for other artists, including "Cowboys Like Us", another single release by George Strait. In 2007, two other singles that Smith co-wrote entered the country charts "Daisy" by Halfway to Hazard, and "What Do Ya Think About That", another release by Montgomery Gentry. In 2008, Tim McGraw charted in the Top 20 with "Kristofferson", which Smith co-wrote with Reed Nielsen. In 2016, released the Houser single "Chasing Down a Good Time" which Smith co-wrote with Jeffrey Steele. Later that year, he signed to a second recording contract, this time with Stroudavarious Records. His first single for the label, "Bringin' Back the Sunshine", was released in July 2009, and debuted at No. 60 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Smith also released an extended play for the label, then left in early 2010 to form his own label, Krankit Records. His first release on this label was "Love Is Love Is Love."