Artist of the Week: Dallas Smith

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Sports Editor

Born in British Columbia, Canada in 1977, Dallas Smith was the lead singer of the alternative rock band Default. Now, Smith is on a new path in the singing world, and is bound to impress many.

Smith started his career in 1999 when he became the band Default’s lead singer. The band sung many big hits, and were known best for their hit 2001 single, “Wasting My Time.” The band published four albums before declaring a hiatus in 2013. Then, Smith took to new ways to show his singing abilities.

Smith started his country career in 2012.  In May of that year, he published his first album, Jumped Right In. This album got up to number 19 on the Canadian Album Charts, and propelled Smith to be named the most played Canadian country act in 2012 by Mediabase. In November 2012, Smith partnered with Chad Brownlee to play in the Boys of Fall Tour.  The tour voyaged throughout Canada, and sold out in 20 dates while hitting 22 cities.

2013 was another big year for Smith. After signing with Republic Nashville, Smith published his first American single, called “Tippin’ Point.” This song was in the top five on the Canadian Country Radio Chart and number one on Sirius XM’s The Highway Hot 45 Countdown. The song sold over 120,000 singles.

In 2014, Smith released three new singles. These include “Slow Rollin'” in March, “A Girl Like You” in June, and “Wastin’ Gas” in October. In November, he released his second album, Lifted, which was projected by many to be a big success.

Even though he has not released any new albums or songs yet this year, expect him to be a big newcomer in American country music with his upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics.