DEBUT ALBUM ARRIVES APRIL 28
GEARS UP FOR DEBUT STAGECOACH APPEARANCE AND THOMAS RHETT TOUR THIS SUMMER
Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville rising star Nate Smith’s breakout, debut Gold-certified single “Whiskey On You” hit No.1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts this week.
“When I released ‘Whiskey On You’ I wasn’t sure what would happen. I just knew I loved it!” Nate shared with Billboard. “First my fans were super encouraging on social media and then country radio welcomed the song with open arms, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful! This is such a proud moment for me and I feel so blessed to get to say I have the No. 1 song on country radio! Meanwhile, my dad is just glad I have a job! A huge thank you to country radio, my fans, my team, and everyone who has lifted this song up!”
The track was also No. 1 on Canada’s country radio chart for six weeks – making the song the longest running No. 1 country debut by a male vocalist in their chart history.
Just in time for the achievement, Nate released a MOTi remixed version of “Whiskey On You” last Thursday. Listen here.
Nate earned multiple 2023 “Artist to Watch” accolades this year including Amazon’s Breakthrough Artists to Watch, MusicRow’s Next Big Thing, CMT’s Listen Up, CRS New Faces, among others. With his first No. 1 under his belt and his debut, self-titled album set to arrive April 28, Smith proves to be “powering through his own lane and will only go up from here” (MusicRow).
Nate shared about the upcoming full-length project: “It has been so much fun making this album, and I really believe in every one of these songs. Releasing an album has always been a goal of mine, but at the end of the day it’s really not about me. It’s about being able to reach other people with music that means something.” He adds that his mission with his music is to be a “conduit of hope”; a selfless and passionate driving force that’s thematic in his songs. “I’m not trying to be cool, or reinvent the wheel, or chase musical trends…I’m going after the heart of the matter.”
Nate’s journey to Nashville and the challenges he endured along the way are traceable in his gravelly tone, including losing his hometown of Paradise, CA to Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. Following the fire, Nate turned to music to cope, eventually inspiring a cross-country road trip to Nashville to pursue music fulltime.
Through all the hardships, the rising star found purpose and hope. Like Nate, the 20-song collection is honest, raw, real, and threaded together with optimism. While each song tells its own story, Nate unveils two sides of his artistry through the project: deep, heartfelt ballads and fun-loving, drink in the air, country jams. The two are intertwined with undeniable hooks and his signature velvet thunder vocals.
Nate will be appear at Stagecoach Festival for the first time this year. He’ll also join Thomas Rhett on his HOME TEAM TOUR 23, which will kick off May 4 in Des Moines, IA, and will hit a total of 40 cities this summer