James D Smith grew up in rural Louisiana listening to his mom’s old 45’s – Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, and all the greats of that era. It comes as no surprise that these were his greatest influences. As he began to sing karaoke in the local bars, he patterned his singing style after Merle Haggard and became quite well known locally.
In the early 2000’s, he attended a benefit concert where he was introduced to Cathy Lemmon, Robert Metzger from Capitol Records, and Charlie Rich, Jr. They introduced him to a talent scout and he auditioned for Capitol Records. He went to Nashville and recorded his 3 song EP with the studio band used on Dolly Parton’s CD at the time.
James has a deep baritone voice that is the perfect sound for the southern country style of his...Read More