Grant Smith is a twenty year old musician, now daylighting as a soldier in the US Army, currently in Fort Sam Houston, TX. He continues to release and work on his career in music while serving.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
Ans: Exciting! I can’t sit still when I have a project to work on. I generally get to work right away with my producer, Marc Solomon, and can’t sleep until it’s ﬁnished.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Ans: I didn’t come this far to come this far.
Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car?
ANs: Always and forever Bohemian Rhapsody
Q: If you could perform with anyone, in the future, who would it have to be?
Ans: Ed Sheeran without a doubt. Fantastic work ethic, brilliant song writer.
Q:Do you have any events coming up or recording going on right now?
Ans: Unfortunately during my time in service, my releases may be limited to any leave days I take, depending on my orders at the time. I will be sure to keep everyone updated on my availability, and hopefully continue to work on my upcoming singles. Deﬁnitely look forward to the Spotify release of Amber Live within the coming months.
Q:When and why did you start playing?
Ans : I started with the piano when I was around ﬁve, but really made the decision to be a musician around twelve or thirteen. I was busking with my trumpet in Grove, Oklahoma when a woman approached and ask me to play jazz. I played When The Saints Go Marchin In, in the style of Louis Armstrong. For a minute she forget everything else in her life and just danced. I knew that’s what I wanted to do for people.
Q: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Ans: Just play through them. I have a terrible habit of burping during songs. Haha no idea why. Without fail, every show, I burp at least once in the middle of a word and no one notices. It reminds me that not everything is so serious, and music is about having fun, and feeling what your saying.
Q: Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Ans: Only when my ﬁancé is in the crowd.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Ans: Perform more. Mess up a lot. You’ll realize it’s not that big of a deal. Just show the people what you’ve made, and hope they feel it.
Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Ans: Being in the military so far is deﬁnitely a twenty four hour job. It’s important to prioritize, and music will always be high on that list. There is always time and energy to get something done, if you want it bad enough.
Thanks for taking time out of your day:)
Thank you!! I always love a good interview.