Oneida native Anthony Smith will return to his hometown for a concert on Friday, May 9, at the Oneida Performing Arts Center.
Smith, who sought and found success in Nashville as a country music artist, will be performing an acoustic concert at the Performing Arts Center, where he will be joined by special guest Lucy Angel and aspiring local singer R.J. Jeffers.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit "Play With No Boundaries," an all-inclusive, special needs playground currently being constructed at Oneida City Park.
Smith has made a name for himself as one of the top songwriters on the Nashville scene, with singles recorded by Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and the king himself, George Strait.
In 2003, Smith took things to a different level when he released his debut album, If That Ain't Country, on the Mercury Nashville label. Three singles from that album charted on Billboard, including the title track, which peaked at No. 26. Other hits from the album included "John J. Blanchard" and "Half A Man."
"John J. Blanchard" was also recorded by Tommy Shane Steiner, while another song from the album, "That's What Brothers Do," was recorded by Confederate Railroad. Sammy Kershaw recorded "Metropolis," another song from the album.
In 2009, Smith charted again with "Bringin' Back the Sunshine" from his Sunshine EP. His last single, "Love Is Love Is Love" was released in 2010 on Smith's new self-formed label, Krankit Records. The name came from the well-known intro line, "Crank it!", from 2002's "If That Ain't Country."
Smith's songwriter credentials include "Cowboys Like Us" for George Strait in 2003, "Daisy" by Halfway to Hazard in 2007, and "What Do Ya Think About That" by Montgomery Gentry, also in 2007. Smith also co-wrote McGraw's Top 20 hit, "Kristofferson," in 2008.
Prior to releasing his debut album, Smith wrote "Run" for Strait, "Chrome" for Trace Adkins, "Didn't I" for Montgomery Gentry and "My Worst Fear" for Rascal Flatts.
Lucy Angel is a country music family trio consisting of Kate Anderton and her two daughters, Lindsay and Emily. In 2009, Lucy Angel became the first American country-western group invited to perform at the Great Hall of the People in China's Tiananmen Square.
The trio released a five-track EP produced by Smith, with two of the songs from the EP released as singles. "Only Woman Left" peaked at No. 45 on MusicRow's Country Breakout chart and became the group's breakout single. Their followup, "Serious," reached No. 31 on the same chart, and also made it to No. 42 on Billboard's Indicator chart.
R.J. Jeffers is a freshman at Oneida High School.
Smith's performance will kick off a summer of concerts in Scott County that will also see Craig Morgan perform at Trails End Campground and Cole Swindell take the stage at Brimstone Recreation. Additional concerts will be announced later.