Rising Country Music Newcomer Alex Smith Makes Strong Debut with Self-Penned Single “Load It Up”

Life is moving rapidly for Alex Smith, country music’s newcomer from Louisiana. He is making his debut at country radio with his self-penned “Load It Up” from his recently released EP Fear of Missing Out just nine months after graduating college in his home state and two months after making the move to Nashville. The crowd-rousing, live-for-the-moment anthem, written by Alex, was introduced at small market radio and in just three weeks debuted at No. 60 on the Billboard Indicator chart. “Load It Up,” jumped has jumped four spots and currently sits at No. 56 on Billboard Indicator chart after only five weeks and No. 60 on the Music Row chart.

Having just graduated from college in Louisiana in December 2015, Alex moved to Nashville in July after putting his team together and the singer/songwriter has fully immersed himself into co-writing, recording and performing. He immediately hit the road on a marathon radio tour for the last six weeks and will be back on the road in the coming weeks.

Alex is already making a strong impression with radio programmers with his “Load It Up”: 
               “Alex Smith has every ingredient to be a STAR!
                  Ryan McCall, PD- WGLR / Plateville, WI
               “Alex Smith is what Country Music needs right now! A great singer, songwriter and all
around nice guy! I can’t wait for the rest of the world to discover him!”
                  Melissa Frost – KRRV / Alexandria, LA

“When we first came out with ‘Load It Up,’ I was still in Louisiana,” the singer-songwriter recalls. “I’m friends with a bunch of the bar owners there and I was at a bar that was packed. They played my song during the middle of a DJ’s set and I just went super-awkward! They all reacted really well to it. But it was really just strange to me, with people enjoying it not knowing who I am. Now, every Saturday night at that bar, it’s their closing song at the end of the night. It has definitely grown.”

Having opened packed shows for CMA New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge and country-rock rapper Uncle Kracker in Louisiana, Smith arrived in Nashville with a solid and rapidly growing loyal fan base as well as the skill and confidence of a seasoned professional, as evidenced in such muscular, instantly memorable tunes included on his Fear of Missing Out EP such as “Load It Up” and the title track “Fear of Missing Out (F.O.M.O).”

“Load It Up” is available for purchase HERE.


As a pitcher on his high-school team, Alex Smith could have gone on to play baseball in college but his “hobby” of playing guitar and for playing for the masses in high school took over and he decided to pursue hits – far from the baseball diamond. Concertgoers who have seen the personable, charismatic 23-year-old command a stage, or watched his inventive videos of acoustic renditions of everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers to A Thousand Horses, already have a sense that he made the right call.

Smith is the product of two generations of musicians, with his father and grandfather both influencing his interest, albeit indirectly. Until his early teens, Alex had little desire to follow the same path his father had as a working musician, mainly because, he says, “it was kind of cliché.” The youngster even quit piano lessons, a decision he admittedly still regrets. But even as a toddler, he recalls being influenced by country music. After moving to Nashville, Smith was introduced by his manager to superstar Vince Gill, an iconic performer whose songs were a constant source of pleasure during his earliest years. Still, while country music had been imprinted on him early on, he had no desire to play an instrument, even though his dad owned a plethora of guitars. It took a “virtual” instrument to finally turn things around.

“I was about 13 when [the videogame] Guitar Hero came out,” he recalls. “I thought, ‘Well, this is kind of fun! I wonder what it would be like on a real guitar.’ One of my buddies had a guitar at his house and I learned ‘Smoke on the Water’.” Armed with a baby Taylor his dad gave him, the teenager voraciously studied other players’ YouTube videos and quickly advanced his natural skills. During his junior year at Holy Savior Menard High School he progressed to playing guitar for school masses. By the following year he was also beginning to sing.

Although he had relocated to Lafayette, La., to attend college, for the first couple of years music was merely a hobby, something to play for his buddies around the house. That changed, however, when he took note of some friends who were playing around Lafayette and making good money for just a few hours “work.” Picking up a gig at a pool party at the apartment complex where he lived, fate intervened when he was spotted by the manager of a local daiquiri shop, who offered to let him play a one-hour show there. Smith packed the house, and the one-hour set became a three-hour showcase. “It kind of snowballed from there and I played everywhere in Lafayette after that,” he says.

Alex recorded his Fear of Missing Out EP at Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Studios with producer Ryan Sutton.

To buy Fear of Missing Out EP click HERE.

To find out more about Alex Smith go to his website www.AlexSmithMusic.net

To follow and connect with Alex go to, FACEBOOOK (@alexsmithmusic), TWITTER(@AlexSmithMusic), SNAPCHAT (@asmithsound), INSTAGRAM (@alexsmith)

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