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RAISING MONEY FOR KIDS via NEW CD RELEASE: NON-FICTION.
Guest appearance by Mary Gauthier (say go-shay)!
By his own admission, DAVID G SMITH is first and foremost, a songwriter. He’s spent many successful years in Nashville “plugging” his songs and has several cuts to his credit--songs recorded by other artists. His songs have been used on Fox Network’s “Saving Grace” and the Travel Channel’s “Rissi Palmer’s Country”. In 2008 he took First Place honors in the International Song Contest, country category. He plays regularly at the world famous songwriter club, The Bluebird Café in Nashville.
In late 2009, SMITH attended a songwriter retreat held in Costa Rica. Long story short: he was strongly encouraged to record his own material by the likes of retreat instructors and industry heavies, Darrel Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Mary Gauthier.
A few months later, with the help of friends and producers, Miles Wilkinson and Buddy Mondlock, SMITH finished up his first full-length album titled “Non-Fiction” at Bolton Farms Studio in Nashville. The album features a contribution of talent from a who’s who list of new faces artists--Melissa Greener, Mike Willis--to legendary artists---Kenny Malone, Bryn Davies, Jelly Roll Johnson, Verlon Thompson, Jonell Mosser, Suzi Ragdale, and Dan Dugmore; with special guest appearance by the incomparable Mary Gauthier.
Of the 13 songs on this project 10 were written solo by SMITH. He got an assist on 3 songs with Nashville long-time friends & writers, Jesse McRae, Lori Shropshire, Deanna Walker, and Barry Dean. SMITH says he is “thrilled” with how this project turned out. He further advises that in a town like Nashville outstanding songs are the norm and not the exception---and session players know the difference. “If a song is average they will simply and nicely thank you for the work and be on their way.” He recounts that during his Non-Fiction sessions, as legendary drummer/percussionist Kenny Malone was preparing to lay down tracks for the 7th song on this CD called “In Here” he was reading the lyric and commented over the isolation booth mic, “This is a great song”. Jonell Mosser lent her considerable singing talent to two songs “Her Body Won’t Lie” and “The Edge”. SMITH recounts that when she finished recording she gave him a hug and told him, “These are great songs”. Shortly after the record was pressed, he recounts observing a young lady reading the lyric to “In This Cage” who began crying and told him on the spot, “Dammit! You made me cry”. SMITH says this was before she even heard the song and that he took her reaction as a compliment of the highest order.
And then there are the kids. Printed on the CD jacket is a commitment to contribute a portion of sales to two long time favorite organizations of the artist and his wife: St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Boys Town.
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