Craig Smith possesses warmth and an honesty that permeates everything he touches, everyone he meets, every song he sings.
Smith first made his mark in 2007 as a solo recording artist, with his debut album Not Sure Not Sure, a musical statement of self-awareness that made the Toronto Star Anti-Hit List. On his sophomore album, HEAVY EARLY (2011), Smith coaxes his familiar Gretsch guitar in and out of corners of his mind, yielding twelve intensely personal narratives. Set to a melodic, often joyous swagger of loud rock and roll woven with deliberate acoustic songs, HEAVY EARLY creates a classic, two-sider vinyl album kind-of-flow.
Since the release of Not Sure Not Sure, Smith has shared the stage with an eclectic mix of established artists, such as Strumbellas, Bahamas, Fred Eaglesmith, Jason Collett, Danny Michel, Zeus, Alex Cuba, Lindi Ortega, and The Sadies.
Currently working on final song mixes for his much-anticipated third album (2017), Smith continues to tour and clear an authentic path that cleverly walks the line between the roots of rock and folk and the melody of pop.
In addition to performing as a solo artist, Smith keeps a full schedule recording and producing other Canadian singer-songwriters. From his studio (Mad River Recording) in the hills of Duntroon, Ontario, Canada – Smith records/tracks music, collaborates on song arrangements and songwriting, and masters the final product. More than a decade of experience professionally engineering music for a variety of artists, singers, songwriters and bands has helped Smith develop a unique skill set that transcends genre and medium. Recent works have included various commercial projects (domestic and international), invitations to Top 40 focus-writing camps, several albums and CD’s for fellow Canadian artists as well as the title track for a full-length Canadian feature film (Septic Man, 2013).
Craig Smith is an artist’s artist: a multi-instrumentalist songwriter who truly understands the emotion, sacrifice, energy and dedication it takes to create music. Smith’s passion to grow in his chosen profession has only intensified in the 20+ years he’s spent honing his abilities and expertise within the music industry. A life-long student of music with an insatiable appetite for new styles, Craig Smith forever continues to push forward in search of that elusive “sound” with the integrity, enthusiasm and drive that defines the Canadian music industry.