ACHIEVED YOUTUBE’S 100K SUBSCRIBERS AWARD
Rising country star Nate Smith achieved RIAA Gold certifications for his songs “Wreckage” and “Under My Skin.” Smith’s Sony Music Nashville and The Core Entertainment teams surprised him with plaques to celebrate the successes backstage at Bridgestone Arena Friday night before he opened for Thomas Rhett’s sold-out HOME TEAM TOUR 2023 stop in Nashville. He was also gifted a plaque for achieving YouTube’s 100k Subscribers Award.
Last week, Smith announced that he will join Morgan Wallen next year for his One Night At A Time 2024 tour. Smith will open for Wallen in stadiums across the country, including stops in Arlington (TX), Charlotte, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Nashville, Oxford (MS) and Tampa. The singer spent the summer touring with Thomas Rhett and will join Cole Swindell on his TWELVE TOUR this fall. He will also return to Stagecoach next year after his debut appearance at the festival this year.
Following his Platinum-certified, multi-week No. 1 hit “Whiskey On You,” Smith’s current single “World On Fire” has reached Top 25 at country radio. With over 70 million global streams to date, the breakup hit is one of 26 tracks on Smith’s self-titled album / deluxe version released on April 28. Upon its release, the project achieved the largest album debut from a new artist this year (2023), as well as the largest full length album debut from a new artist since 2020. The album hit #6 on Billboard’s Country albums chart and #30 overall on the Billboard Top 200.
Press raved about the album, with The Tennessean sharing that it “lends itself well to country’s radio-ready expectations, but also is so well-delivered that it explodes them, too… Smith’s vocal is a flexible instrument that is so genuinely powerful that, aided by intentional musicianship, it achieves songs that feel familiar in a heart-warming and instantly connective manner.” Billboard lauded his “formidable, rangy and raw vocal power” while Holler noted that his range bears “resemblance to country legend Vince Gill, whose vocal control could cause fainting spells three states over,” adding that “this is Smith’s superpower.”
The project also features Smith’s track “Love Is Blind,” which is featured in the fifth season of the buzzworthy Netflix show with the same, airing now. Smith spoke with Rolling Stone about the how the song came to be, read here.
Smith, who is known for his “strong voice that grips a lyric with ferocity” (Billboard), was nominated for NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR at the 58th ACM Awards in addition to his 2023 CMT Awards nomination for BREAKTHROUGH MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR for his smash single “Whiskey On You.”
Last month, Smith released his rendition of Snow Patrol’s 2006 hit “Chasing Cars,” listen here. After previewing his version on social media beginning in July, Nate’s following grew by over 100k on TikTok and over 88k on Instagram. Now, the rising star has a collective following of more than 2 million on social media.
For more information on Smith and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit NateSmithOfficial.com.
About Nate Smith:
Featuring a mix of gritty backwoods soul, rock ‘n’ roll swagger and velvet-thunder vocals, Nate Smith’s personal journey inspired him to be a beacon of country-music hope, an inspirational mission he puts front-and-center. A California native, former worship leader, and lifelong music lover, Smith approaches that mission with a background as eclectic as it gets. Learning guitar at 13, Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley and Bob Seger were among those informing his powerful, fire-from-within vocals, while Michael Jackson made him crave the spotlight and Nirvana gave his sound a jagged edge. In 2018, Smith lost everything he owned in the devastating Camp Fire which tore through Paradise, California, now known as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Although his family was safe, he struggled to cope and turned back to music, hoping that it would help comfort himself and others. Help it did, inspiring a month-long road trip across the U.S. to Music City, writing music and playing dive bars along the way.
Since making it to Nashville, the singer’s “powerhouse tenor” has become “perhaps country music’s fastest-rising beloved voice” (The Tennessean). He’s made a huge splash with songs such as his Platinum-certified multi-week No. 1 hit “Whiskey On You,” which was lauded as the “breakup song of the summer” by Country Now and “an enormously satisfying country kiss-off anthem” by Stereogum. “Whiskey On You” amassed over 7.5 million total global on-demand streams in its first week, reaching No. 10 on the Country On-Demand Streaming Chart. The smash hit has racked up over 320 million total global on-demand streams to date. Nate released his debut, self-titled album along with the deluxe version on April 28. The hefty 26-song project hit #6 on Billboard’s Country album charts and #30 on the Billboard Top 200. His latest single off the album, “World On Fire,” is impacting country radio now. The CMT Awards and ACM Awards nominee is currently on tour with Thomas Rhett and will hit the road with Cole Swindell this fall. Nate is managed by Kevin “Chief” Zaruk and Simon Tikhman with The Core Entertainment.