Brent Smith

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Brent Smith
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Smith performing with Shinedown in 2016
Born Brent Stephen Smith
(1978-01-10) January 10, 1978 (age 39)
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Years active 2001–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
Associated acts Shinedown

Brent Stephen Smith[5] (born January 10, 1978),[6] known professionally as Brent Smith, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the lead vocalist of the band Shinedown.[7][6][8]

Early life[edit]

Brent Smith was born in Knoxville, Tennessee[5][6] and was an only child.[9]

Musical career[edit]

Prior to fronting the rock band Shinedown, Brent was the lead singer in a band called Dreve, which Atlantic Records had signed and sent to L.A., California to record with well-known producer Desmond Child. Shortly after returning home to Knoxville, TN, Atlantic dropped the band but retained Smith. He was soon given a developmental contract by Atlantic Records. Smith moved to Jacksonville, Florida and began work on the project in 2001.[10]

Smith performing with Shinedown in 2012

The first member he recruited was bassist Brad Stewart, through local Jacksonville music producer Pete Thornton.[10] Smith and Stewart began recording demos together in a small local studio, whose owner recommended they meet with her fiancé, guitarist Jasin Todd, who Smith brought in as the third member.[10] The original lineup was rounded out by drummer Barry Kerch, who was the seventh drummer the band had auditioned for the spot.[10] The four worked together on creating demos, and submitted their work-in-progress material to Atlantic, who approved of the material and green-lighted a full-length album.[10][11][12] The band's debut album, Leave a Whisper was released May 27, 2003.[13] The album was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States, indicating sales of over 1 million.[14] Shinedown has since released four more studio albums, Us and Them (2005), The Sound of Madness (2008), Amaryllis (2012) and Threat to Survival (2015). In 2014, Smith and Zach Myers started an acoustic side project called Smith & Myers.[15] In early 2016 the Band started recording their sixth Album, as they revealed in an interview with Wes Styles of the 97.7 WQLZ radio station. The upcoming Album has yet to be officially titled and is scheduled to be released in April 2018, with the first single release in early January 2018.[16]





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  2. ^ "Interview- Brent Smith Of Shinedown". crypticrock. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shinedown Leave a Whisper". Allmusic. 
  4. ^ "Shinedown bringing acoustic tour to Tampa's Straz Center | Tampa Bay Times and tbt*". September 14, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Brent Stephen. "Songwriter/Composer: SMITH BRENT STEPHEN". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Brent Smith Discography". Disogs. 
  7. ^ "Shinedown". Allmusic. 
  8. ^ "Q&A with Shinedown's Brent Smith". baltimoresun. 
  9. ^ "Shinedown Singer Reflects on Being Only Child and ‘Second Chance’". noisecreep. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Interview with Shinedown". Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  11. ^ name=bijog>bijog (April 12, 2016). "Brent Smith". bijog. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Hester, James (November 23, 2016). "Rock Scars". iUniverse – via Google Books. 
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  14. ^ "Shinedown front man finds a new way of life during making of ‘Amaryllis’". 
  15. ^ "Smith & Myers". Allmusic. 
  16. ^ "Shinedown to release next Album in April 2018". July 12, 2017. 

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