Canaan Smith

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Canaan Smith
Birth nameCanaan Lee Smith[1]
Born (1982-08-24) August 24, 1982 (age 36)
Dillsboro, Indiana, United States
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2011–present
LabelsMercury Nashville

Canaan Lee Smith (born August 24, 1982) is an American country music singer-songwriter signed with Mercury Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. His debut single, "We Got Us" was released January 24, 2012. His second single, "Love You Like That", was released on July 21, 2014. He was also a reality television contestant on the 15th season of The Amazing Race.[2]


In 2009, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee aspiring for a musical career and co-wrote the hit "Runaway" by country band Love and Theft[3] that made it to number 10 in the Billboard Hot Country Songs and 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009.[4][5]

His debut single, "We Got Us", was released in January 2012 after being made available on iTunes starting December 24, 2011. The song was written by Stephen Barker Liles, Tommy Lee James, and Canaan Smith himself and produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten.[6] It debuted at number 53 on the country music charts.[7] The music video, directed by Brian Lazarro, was broadcast on GAC making it to the "GAC Top 20 Ballot". Country Weekly magazine featured him in "Ones to Watch in 2012",[8] as did Roughstock.[6]

Smith returned to the studio in February 2012 to finish his debut album.[4] On July 21, 2014, Canaan Smith released his second single, titled "Love You Like That". The music video was released on Vevo on September 10, 2014.

In October 2014, Smith was featured as one of the "10 New Artists You Need To Know: Fall 2014" in Rolling Stone Country.[9]

On March 24, 2015, Smith released his self-titled EP.[10] The EP debuted at No. 16 on the Top Country Albums chart and at No. 97 on the Billboard 200, with 2,900 copies sold in the US for the week.[11] On June 23, Smith released his first full-length studio album, titled Bronco.[12] "Love You Like That" reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in July 2015,[13] and the second single from the album, "Hole in a Bottle," was released in August.[14] In September, Smith announced his first headlining concert tour, the Stompin' Grounds Tour, with support from Russell Dickerson.[15]

In 2016, Smith appeared in the season four finale of Bar Rescue where he performed during the grand re-opening of The Gallopin' Goose.

In March 2018, Smith parted ways with Mercury Nashville


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Bronco 4 29

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US
Canaan Smith[17]
  • Release date: March 24, 2015
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
16 97


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country CAN
2012 "We Got Us" 44 Non-album single
2014 "Love You Like That" 6 1 46 20 84 Bronco
2015 "Hole in a Bottle" 30 23 50
2017 "Like You That Way" 59
Non-album singles
"This Night Back"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2012 "We Got Us" Brian Lazzaro
2014 "Love You Like That" Marc Klasfeld
2015 "Hole in a Bottle"[23] Chris Hicky


Year Tour
2012 In the Hands of the Fans Tour with Sugarland
2014 Florida Georgia Line "This Is How We Cruise"
2014 Country Deep Tour with Jana Kramer
2015 Where It All Began Tour with Dan + Shay
2015 Sounds of Summer Tour with Dierks Bentley
2016 My Universe Tour with The Shires

Personal life[edit]

Smith graduated from Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia[24] and then attended Belmont University in Nashville.[25]

Smith and his girlfriend at the time, Mika Combs, were the sixth team to be eliminated in the 15th season of The Amazing Race.[26]

In March 2014, Smith became engaged to his girlfriend Christy Hardesty,[27] and they married in August 2014.[28]


  1. ^ Smith, Canaan Lee. "Songwriter/Composer: SMITH CANAAN LEE". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy (December 12, 2011). "Canaan Smith, 'We Got Us' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Maniac Exchange "Nashville's Breakout Star- Canaan Smith"". Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "WZTV Fox 17: Artist to Watch - Canaan Smith". Archived from the original on February 19, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  5. ^ Billboard magazine: Page for "Runaway" by Love and Theft
  6. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt. "Single Review: Canaan Smith - We Got Us". Roughstock. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Billboard Country Music Charts". Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "Canaan Smith: News: Universal Music Nashville".
  9. ^ "10 New Artists You Need To Know: Fall 2014",Country, Retrieved Dec 8, 2014 from
  10. ^ Rebekah Bell (February 23, 2015). "Canaan Smith Announces Self-Titled EP". Taste of Country.
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 1, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For April 1, 2015". Roughstock. Sales figure given here
  12. ^ "Canaan Smith Announces Debut Album, 'Bronco'". April 29, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "Country Charts: Canaan Smith Lands At No. 1, Video Spurs Steven Tyler Gain". Billboard. July 14, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Canaan Smith, 'Hole in a Bottle' [Listen]". Taste of Country. August 31, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  15. ^ "Canaan Smith Embarking on First Headlining Tour". Taste of Country. September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  16. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 7, 2016). "The Country Albums Sales Chart: March 7, 2016". Roughstock.
  17. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (February 18, 2015). "Canaan Smith To Release Mercury Records Nashville EP in March". MusicRow. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  18. ^ Matt Bjorke (May 20, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For May 20, 2015". Roughstock. Sales figure given here
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Canaan Smith – Love You Like That". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  20. ^ Matt Bjorke (August 18, 2015). "The Top 30 Digital Country Singles: August 18, 2015". Sales figure given here
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 18, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Report: May 18, 2016". Roughstock.
  22. ^ "Billboard Country Update" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Canaan Smith : Hole in a Bottle". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  24. ^ "Canaan Smith, 'Love You Like That' [Listen]". Taste of Country. October 16, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  25. ^ "Canaan Smith Goes Way Back With FGL". Country 92.9. June 17, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  26. ^ Parks, Tim (October 26, 2009). "Mika Combs, Canaan Smith ('Amazing Race')". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  27. ^ "Canaan Smith Gets Engaged". Taste of Country.
  28. ^ "Canaan Smith Gets Married". Taste of Country. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.

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