Anthony Smith (singer)
|Birth name||Ralph Anthony Smith|
|Origin||Warsaw, Indiana, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, electric guitar|
|Labels||Mercury Nashville, Stroudavarious, Krankit|
|Associated acts||Trace Adkins
Ralph Anthony Smith (born in Warsaw, Indiana) is an award winning and critically acclaimed country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. As a musician, Smith recorded his first album, If That Ain't Country, on Mercury Nashville Records in 2002. The album produced three Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Smith has also written songs for Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, George Strait and many more. He released an Extended play EP in 2009 on Stroudavarious Records. Anthony is a Co star of the TV show Discovering Lucy Angel on AXS TV and is touring Artist and public speaker.
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."
|Title||Album details||Peak chart
|US Country||US Heat|
|If That Ain't Country||26||16|
|2002||"If That Ain't Country"||26||If That Ain't Country|
|"John J. Blanchard"||40|
|2003||"Half a Man"||40|
|2009||"Bringin' Back the Sunshine"||60||Sunshine EP|
|2010||"Love Is Love Is Love"||—||Non-album song|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2002||"If That Ain't Country"||Charley Randazzo|
|2009||"Bringin' Back the Sunshine"||Traci Goudie|
|2010||"Love Is Love Is Love"||Marcel|
- Full name per ASCAP listings
- MacIntosh, Dan (August 2002). "If that ain't country, that ain't Anthony Smith". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
- Smith, Writer of Hits for George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Many More, Shares Advice With SGA Members Archived May 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- allmusic ((( Anthony Smith > Biography )))
- BMI.com | Anthony Smith
- Anthony Smith - If That Ain't Country
- Anthony Smith Launches New Label Based In Nashville