Smith performing with Shinedown in 2016
|Born||Brent Stephen Smith
January 10, 1978
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.
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.
The first member he recruited was bassist Brad Stewart, through local Jacksonville music producer Pete Thornton. 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. The original lineup was rounded out by drummer Barry Kerch, who was the seventh drummer the band had auditioned for the spot. 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. The band's debut album, Leave a Whisper was released May 27, 2003. The album was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States, indicating sales of over 1 million. 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. 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.
- Leave a Whisper (2003)
- Us and Them (2005)
- The Sound of Madness (2008)
- Amaryllis (2012)
- Threat to Survival (2015)
- In This Moment
- "Sexual Hallucination (feat. Brent Smith)" (Black Widow)
- "Not Strong Enough (feat. Brent Smith)" (7th Symphony)
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