Jo Smith

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Jo Smith
Birth nameJoanna Shae Smith
Also known asJoanna Smith
OriginCrestview, Georgia, U.S.[1]
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsColumbia Nashville
RCA Nashville
SMACKRecords
Associated actsShane McAnally, Billy Ray Cyrus, Trent Willmon

Joanna "Jo" Smith is an American country music singer. Before graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2018, she attended Auburn University for one year before pursuing a music career by playing with Mustang Sally at age eighteen. After leaving the band she began songwriting and recording demos. After signing to a publishing contract with Big Borrassa Music, she wrote two songs for other artists, including "Flying By", which was recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus on his 2007 album Home at Last.[1][2] Also in 2007, Smith's rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was included on the Song of America compilation album.

In 2010, she signed a contract with Columbia Records Nashville and released her debut single, "Gettin' Married".[3] The song has charted on Hot Country Songs and has been made into a music video, directed by Trey Fanjoy.[4]

Stormy Lewis of Roughstock gave Smith's song a four-star rating, comparing it to the Dixie Chicks and Lorrie Morgan.[5] Jim Malec, writing for American Twang, gave it a thumbs-down, calling Smith's vocal "shrill and thin".[6] In August 2011, Sony Music Nashville announced that Smith and labelmate Bradley Gaskin will transfer to BNA Records as part of a corporate restructuring. After BNA closed, she moved again to RCA. That label released her third single, "We Can't Be Friends". It received 4.5 stars from Taste of Country.[7] A fourth single, "Girls Are Crazy", was released to country radio on April 29, 2013.

In 2014 Joanna, also known as Jo, signed a publishing deal with Shane McAnally's company SMACKSongs.[8] In 2016 she released an EP under the name Jo Smith called Introducing Jo Smith.[9] The EP was produced by Shane McAnally (Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion) and Jesse Frasure (Thomas Rhett). The lead single, "Old School Groove"[10] was released as a Sirius XM Highway Find in early 2017. She has been included in Nashville Lifestyles' 2017 Ones to Watch,[11] Rolling Stone Country's New Artists You Need to Know,[12] and premiered the music video for "Old School Groove" on CMT.[13]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Georgia Mud
Be What It Wants to Be
  • Release date: March 13, 2012
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
Introducing Jo Smith
  • Release date: October 14, 2016
  • Label: SMACKRecords

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country
[14]
US Country Airplay
[15]
2010 "Gettin' Married" 55 Georgia Mud
2011 "Georgia Mud" 57
2012 "We Can't Be Friends" 55 52 Be What It Wants to Be
2013 "Girls Are Crazy" N/A
2017 "Old School Groove" Introducing Jo Smith
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Gettin' Married"[4] Trey Fanjoy
2012 "We Can't Be Friends"[16] Ry Cox
2017 "Old School Groove"[13] Jor.by

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Joanna Smith biography". CMT. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "Joanna Smith" (PDF). William Morris Entertainment. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "Columbia Nashville's Joanna Smith Unveils "Gettin' Married"". Sony Music Nashville. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "CMT : Videos: Joanna Smith : Gettin' Married". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Lewis, Stormy (September 2, 2010). "Joanna Smith — "Gettin' Married"". Roughstock. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Malec, Jim (August 4, 2010). "Joanna Smith — "Gettin' Married"". American Twang. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  7. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/joanna-smith-we-cant-be-friends-song-review/
  8. ^ "Jo Smith". SMACKSongs. 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Introducing Jo Smith". iTunes. October 14, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  10. ^ Skates, Sarah (March 17, 2017). "Jo Smith Drops 'Old School Groove'". Music Row Magazine. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Hammond, Valerie (2017). "Nashville Lifestyles' Ones to Watch in 2017". Nashville Lifestyles. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  12. ^ McKenna, Brittney (May 9, 2017). "10 New Artists You Need to Know: May 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Stephens, Samantha (May 10, 2017). "Jo Smith's Soul-Searching Evolution". CMT.com. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
  14. ^ "Joanna Smith Album & Song Chart History – Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  15. ^ "Joanna Smith Album & Song Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  16. ^ Skates, Sarah (October 17, 2012). "Joanna Smith Shoots Video; Blue Sky Riders At Franklin Theatre". MusicRow. Retrieved October 19, 2012.

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