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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 local restaurants, music venues, private and house parties, and festivals in Tennessee and other states. In 2012 she signed with Second City Music Group as a staff songwriter. Her song “Expecting Good Things”, which she co-wrote with Wil Nance and Steve Dean, was the title cut of Jeff and Shari Easter’s Grammy Nominated album in 2010, and a live recording of the song was also placed on the Gaither Homecoming “Majesty” CD and DVD set. As an artist, Tarryn’s music has been played along with interviews on numerous radio stations across the country. With diverse influences including James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, the Eagles, the Judds, Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald, Tarryn enjoys writing a variety of music styles. She also specializes in acoustic arrangements of classic songs, similar to the styling of the late Eva Cassidy.
Tarryn’s most recent artist project, four songs that she co-wrote and co-produced with Byron Hill, was cut acoustically with an upright bass. Instruments such as the accordian add a fresh and almost European feel, with a mix between old country and jazz on a couple of the tunes. “It was really refreshing to take a roots-based approach for this session. I feel it fits my vocals well and my love for the more acoustic style of production,” she says. Tarryn was recently selected to be a featured artist on ReverbNation due to a high crowd revue rating on one of her new songs from this session.
With her earliest childhood memories including music and singing with her sister and mom, Tarryn feels fortunate to have grown up in a musical family. Her mom was a pianist and choir teacher and she accompanied the girls for public performances when Tarryn was as young as three years old and her sister, Dea, age five. A couple years later, Dea started adding a harmony part to Tarryn’s melody and pretty soon they were singing in three part harmony with their mom. The trio gave performances regularly in churches and at business and private parties, doing their own arrangements of country, gospel, and classic pop songs. Every couple years they would make professional studio recordings, which they now consider a great keepsake. At age 10, Tarryn was the overall winner of a large country music talent contest in Ft. Wayne, but did not get to go on the award trip to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry due to her family relocating to another city at that same time . "Even as a ten year old, I already believed that I would someday move to Music City to pursue a music career, so that made me feel a little better about giving the trip to the runner up," she says.
While attending Indiana University, Tarryn sang and danced as a part of a traveling music group called the Singing Hoosiers. This introduced her to classic songs like “Up A Lazy River” by Cole Porter, and initiated her love for the “American Songbook”, which she has continued to find inspiring as both a singer and songwriter. Tarryn made her move to Nashville when she transferred to Belmont University after 2 years at IU. Being surrounded by a songwriting community helped her to grow as a writer, and she was further immersed into that community when she graduated and began working at Muy Bueno Music Group, George Strait’s publishing company. “Working on the business side of the industry in publishing and artist management gave me insight that has been valuable to me, now full-time on the creative side,” she says. Over the past couple years, Tarryn has taken numerous repertoire and music theory classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
Tarryn has spent many hours accompanying herself on guitar and mandolin, and she has been hired to accompany other artists as well. She is active as a singer and instrumentalist in the praise band at the church she and her family attends. With a heart to use music to brighten lives, she leads a Music Outreach Network that plays for shut-ins and those at Assisted Living Centers and hospitals.
Tarryn is in the process of putting together a new CD of original music to be released in the fall of 2014.