Bryan Elijah Smith is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter based out of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Smith’s innate songwriting ability and haunting voice leave you with a sense of timeless nostalgia. With over 1,000 songs penned & 11 independent releases since 2009, Smith is creating a self-produced legacy that began with his first song at the age of 18.  Aside from touring the United States for well over a decade, Smith has also toured internationally in both Australia & Honduras.  The music cradles all things ‘Americana’ at heart & at hand without shying away from a truly uninhibited pop sensibility. Crossing a wide array of genres, what gets produced has been compared to the likes of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kings of Leon.  Smith recently won 2nd place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest 2019 where the title track to his new album, ‘In Through The Dark’, was 1 of 12 songs chosen out of 970 national entries.  Smith has been a CASC finalist 2 years in a row (past finalist include Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt & Lera Lynn).  'In Through The Dark' also won 1st place in the Unsigned Only 2019 international songwriting contest where there 6,000 entries from over 100 countries.  Judges included Aimee Mann, Robert Smith of The Cure, Garth Hudson from The Band and many more.
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Artists We Have Opened For :
Jim Lauderdale, Joe Pug, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled By Turtles, American Aquarium, Trevor Hall, Dylan LeBlanc, The Barr Brothers, Nathan Moore, Yarn, HoneyHoney, Nicki Bluhm, The Accidentals, Cursive, Jerry Joseph, Langhorne Slim, J Roddy Walston and The Business, The Steel Wheels and many more incredible touring acts.
 
 
Notable Festivals & Tours :
FloydFest 10, 11 & 16 | Floyd VA
Merlefest 2018
Bristol Rhythm & Roots 13-15 | Bristol TN
American River Music Festival | Lotus CA
Red Wing Roots Music Festival 1-3 | Mt Solon VA
The Festy Experience 4 & 5 | Roseland VA
Jam Cruise 10-12 & 16
Australia Tour - Fall 2013 & Winter 2015
Orphanage in Roatan, Honduras w/ members of ALO & Pimps of Joytime
States toured in North America : VA, NC, TN, SC, GA, AL, WV, MD, NY, CT, OK, IN, FL, TX, CA, VT & DC
 
Notable Notes :
NASA used 'Pour On Me' for their 2013 'WATER FALLS' Trailer
Declined a jazz guitar scholarship to Berklee College of Music to pursue songwriting for a living.
'These American Hearts' was voted #50 on WNRN's 'Top 100 Albums of 2014'
Smith won 2nd place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest 2018 & 2019 where he was 1 of 12 songwriters chosen out of 1,000+ entries.
Title track to Smith's latest album, 'In Through The Dark', will be in a new show coming out on Netflix in 2019.
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