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Tarryn Aimée Smith is an Americana singer-songwriter whose music is a unique blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and country. Many who hear Tarryn's voice describe it as pure and smooth, with an angelic quality reminiscent of Allison Krauss. Based in the Nashville area, the multi-instrumentalist plays regularly at music venues, restaurants, festivals, private events, and house parties in Tennessee and other states. One of the accolades so far in Tarryn’s career was co-writing a song called “Expecting Good Things” with Wil Nance and Steve Dean that became the title cut of Jeff and Shari Easter’s Grammy and Dove Nominated album in 2010. A live recording of the song was also placed on the Gaither Homecoming “Majesty” CD and DVD set. In 2012, she signed with Second City Music Group as a staff songwriter. Tarryn’s recordings of her original music have been played on numerous radio stations across the country.
With influences ranging from country greats like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Don Williams to pop/folk singer-songwriters such as James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, and the Eagles to jazz crooners like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, Tarryn’s musical interests are diverse. “I love strong melodies that connect with the heart,” she says. As a songwriter, she is drawn towards writing lyrics that bring forth a positive message and embrace the best in life. Fans of her songs cross all generations, from young to old.
Music has always been in the fabric of Tarryn’s family. From the age of 3 years old, she began singing with her sister in church while their mother accompanied them on piano. A few years later they were singing in three-part harmony. The trio made numerous studio recordings and gave performances regularly in churches and at private parties across their home state of Indiana with their own arrangements of country, gospel, and classic pop songs. At age 10, Tarryn was the overall winner of Smoky’s Country Music Talent Contest in Ft. Wayne, which sparked her interest to someday pursue music as a career.
While attending Indiana University, Tarryn sang and danced as a part of IU’s traveling music group, the Singing Hoosiers. This introduced her to many classic songs and initiated her love for the “American Songbook.” Tarryn made her move to Music City when she transferred to Belmont University to pursue a music business degree. At Belmont, she was surrounded by a songwriting community, which helped her to grow as a writer. She was further immersed into that community when she graduated and began working in music publishing and artist management. “Working on the business side gave me an overall perspective of the industry which has been invaluable to me on the creative side,” she says.
Tarryn has spent many hours accompanying herself and other artists on guitar and mandolin. With a heart to use music to brighten lives, she regularly plays hymns and other music for shut-ins and those at Assisted Living Centers. Tarryn’s second CD of original music is scheduled for release in May, and songs for her third CD are already in the process of being recorded.