Born and raised in Paradise, California, Nate Smith found his love for music at a very young age. From elementary school musicals to high school garage bands, Nate spent his adolescent years developing his craft. Among influences such as Elvis, Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac, Nate credits his time spent as a worship leader as his biggest musical inspiration. At twenty-three, Nate made his way to Nashville, signing a development deal with Word Records and a publishing deal with Centricity. After a series of personal trials, Nate made the gut-wrenching decision to move back to California to be with his family. He worked as a nurse’s assistant, drove for Uber and led worship at his brother’s church. When a devastating fire struck the town of Paradise and destroyed everything he owned, Nate moved back in with his father. It was during this time that he discovered country music, or as Nate says, “country music discovered me.” This realization inspired Nate to move back to Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a country music star. Nate lived out of his car for over a month, writing music and playing dive bars as he drove across the country. After arriving in Music City, Nate released his biggest single to date, ‘Wildfire.’ The song symbolizes love and hope in the midst of tribulation and went viral on TikTok. Smith followed up ‘Wildfire’ with breakout hits ‘Under My Skin,’ ‘Under My Skin Stripped’ and ‘Sleeve,’ earning him a place on Spotify’s first ever Hot Country Artists to watch list. Nate has since signed a publishing deal with Sony ATV and a management deal with Simon Tikhman and Chief Zaruk of The Core Entertainment.
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