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Joanna Smith

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Raised in a part of the country known for farming, Georgia red clay and family values, Joanna Smith had Music City aspirations at an early age. Growing up in Arlington, GA, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it small-town in Southwest Georgia, Smith got the performance bug from an intoxicating combination childhood tape recorder and listening to strong women of country including The Judds, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton.

Encouraged by her family, Joanna Smith entered every performance opportunity available and was committed to perfecting her live shows. Asked at an early age what she wanted to be when she grew up she replied, “I already AM a professional country music singer but I just don’t get to get on the stage much!” Fixing that, Smith took to every stage in the Southeast!

She’d had years of practice performing for crowds when at 18 she was tapped to join Mustang Sally, an all girl country band. Smith then decided to head to Nashville and pursue her music full-time, leaving a full scholarship to Auburn University. Despite a short run with Mustang Sally, Joanna Smith had fallen in love with Tennessee and decided to remain here permanently. With no connections and in a new city, she set out writing and singing demos, and in a little over a year signed her first publishing deal with Big Borassa Music. Since then, she has had two songs cut (“Flying By” on Billy Ray Cyrus’ latest record, HOME AT LAST), and has opened for Glen Campbell at the Ryman Auditorium.

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