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Corey Smith with Andy Velo In todays country music climate, there is an abundance of artists and songwriters champing at the bit to tell you just how country they are. But none represents the genuine rural lifestyle quite like Corey Smith. Born and raised in the bucolic town of Jefferson, Ga., just a few miles northwest of the musical hotbed of Athens, Corey has carved out a successful career by writing and singing not about the idealized country imagery of trucks and bonfires, but by depicting truthfully the experience of growing up far from big-city sidewalks.Country music is all those things that art is supposed to be. Its populist, its infectious and, most importantly, its about people, says Corey. So country music should be about artists holding a mirror back to themselves to reflect what theyre experiencing in their own little towns.Clearly, country fans feel the same way. Corey has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is. He has released seven studio albumsincluding 2011s Top 20 releaseThe Broken Recordall written and produced by Corey himself. And his concerts, documented on last years live release,Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem Twenty-One, the nostalgic time warp If I Could Do It Again and the group hug I Love Everyone.Now, however, Corey is set on reaching even more people. For the first time, hes teamed up with a producerKeith Stegall, best known for his work with the likeminded Zac Brown Band and country icon Alan Jacksonand has recorded his most universal song yet, Aint Going Out Tonight. Set to appear on Coreys upcoming ninth album, the breezy jam is, on the surface, an ode to staying home with the one you love, but its also about settling down and making sacrifices.To me, Aint Going Out Tonight is a perfect way to begin introducing the record, because its about making changes, says Corey, who in addition to working with Stegall has updated his ace touring band. Ive made a lot of changes in the past few months, but necessary changes so that I can still be the artist that Ive wanted to be.An artist who maintains a unique voice while still honoring the tenets of his cherished genre, one that his grandmother helped introduce him to.Theres more than one way to skin a cat in country music, Corey says with a smile. What makes me different is that I write all these songs, and I write from the heart and live all these songs. But I want to be a part of the country music establishment. Whenever I visit the Country Music Hall of Fame when Im in Nashville, I leave there feeling really inspired. This is what Im a part of, and I want to make my mark.Save
Sounds Like: Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Manager: Rob Baker
Bio: His road to a rising Country Music sensation has been paved by singing as if his life depended on it, for Georgia red clay raised Andy Velo, it does. Recognizing his artistʼs soul at an early age led Andy down the path of writing and performing songs that both energized and fueled him. Now, his l...See Full Bio
Andy Velo has a show on 01/28/2015 at 07:30 PM @ Schmitt's Saloon in Morgantown, WV http://www.reverbnation.com/q/5j39a8 #concert
“Andy Velo recognized his path at an early age and began writing and performing songs that energized and fueled his passion. Known as a “high energy, in-your-face, take-you-away-for two hours showman,” Andy’s shows draw large, interactive crowds of country music lovers who relate to his songs of heart break, rainy days, good times, love, laughter, and the assurance that life is worth living. Dedicated to fitness and faith as much as to his fans, Andy’s new single, “Southern Thing” is now available. “Southern Thing” by Andy Velo is featured by All Access in the “Cool New Music” section this week. Check it out: http://www.allaccess.com/country/cool-new-music”
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Q: Hi Andy. My name is Stephen Walker and I'm Project Mgr for RhinoValley Media. We would love to shoot your next music video. Do you already have a production team?
A: I actually do not have a devoted production team at this time. Please send links of some of your projects.
Asked by Rhino Valley Media. Answered on Wed Aug 08 2012All Questions