Corey Smith set to rock Clazel TheaterWritten by Andrew Farr | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov. 19, singer/songwriter Corey Smith will bring his music talent to downtown Bowling Green’s Clazel Theater beginning at 8 p.m.
Smith, 33, is a native of Jefferson, Ga., about an hour north of Atlanta. Although he has been writing and performing for nearly 10 years, it’s only recently that he’s been touring the country doing it.
Just five years ago Smith could be found teaching social studies at North Gwinnett High School in Atlanta. While teaching, Smith would perform nights at local bars and clubs until it became obvious he was growing in popularity and earning more money than he did teaching.
“Crowds of about 50 to 75 quickly turned into 200, 300 people,” he said. “It got to a point where I knew I would be able to make a living playing music.”
What makes Smith even more unique is that he has sold over 750,000 singles and over 150,000 albums all without being signed to a major record label nor receiving any radio play.
Smith said he likes being able to do this own thing and have his own freedom writing and performing.
“I’m very grateful just to be able to make a living playing music,” he said.
As far as his music, Smith said he has a difficult time categorizing himself to a particular style or genre.
“If I had to put a name to my style, I would call it progressive country,” he said. “I have some songs that sound more rock, some that sound more country and some that sound like Jack Johnson.”
Smith said the rebelliousness of rock n’ roll music has always been appealing to him. He said what makes his sound unique is the messages and personal experiences he sings about, present in fan favorites like “Maybe Next Year,” “21” and “If I Could D It Again.”
“I enjoy sharing my experiences in my songs,” he said. “Most of the people that come to my shows are young, in their 20s and share my sense of youth and recklessness.”
Smith says even though he is a full time musician now, he still wants to be a teacher of certain messages he often conveys in his songs.
“Teaching social studies was a way for people for me to get people to ask questions about other races and ethnicities for example,” he said. Now I want to continue teaching through my music.”
Smith has released four albums, the most recent being Keeping Up with the Joneses that debut at number one on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts ahead of artists like James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel.