Bobby Smith


There is a current of old world tension and modern angst captured in the music of Bobby Smith and that energy, as embodied in his debut radio single ‘I'm Still In Love With You’, has got listeners enthralled. It's time the world learned more about this intriguing pop rock artist who has won 10 Akademia Music Awards in just 2016!

Some artists try to scale their way to the top of the music industry by personal flamboyance (or inscrutability). Others work the business like hardened politicians and hope that money and fame will redeem whatever compromises are made along the way. But a very few can do it by a golden amalgamation of originality, musicianship and talent. Bobby Smith is such an artist. Currently residing in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bobby Smith has been fast attracting recognition and honors, and one recent critic's account of his award-winning work probably explains why: ‘Bobby Smith has created an anthemic pop rock classic that effortlessly alternates between saturated instrumentality and genuine romantic poetry.’ You can hear the authenticity in every chord and verse of his new pop rock single, which undoubtedly explains its rapid ascent up the charts. Independent reporter Lily Clark recently caught up with Bobby Smith to talk about his history, musical influences and exciting plans for the future.

LILY: As an artist on the rise, what is one thing you are most afraid of happening in your career?
BOBBY SMITH: Complacement with songwriting because of so many other things going on.

LILY: Your song ’I'm Still In Love With You’ is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
BOBBY SMITH: Very happy that I accomplished my goal for the most part.

LILY: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
BOBBY SMITH: This situation has happened to many people so many will relate and listen to the end hopefully.

LILY: It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
BOBBY SMITH: Yes, this happened to me a long time ago.

LILY: How would you characterize yourself as an artist/musician? (Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving, complicated…)
BOBBY SMITH: Fun-loving, down-to-earth, dramatic.


LILY: What has your experience been like working with the other people on your team?
BOBBY SMITH: It was an honor to work with the people I worked with...They are very talented each in their own way.

LILY: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
BOBBY SMITH: My grandfather from Italy played the mandolin.

LILY: What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
BOBBY SMITH: The most rewarding would be satisfaction in my writing ability in music and lyrics. The challenge is coming up with the right arrangement that will be listened to.

LILY: Who are your role models in music?
BOBBY SMITH: Some of the 60s and 70s artists wrote great music at that time, great stories.

LILY: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
BOBBY SMITH: It was playing at a pool party with everybody dancing around the pool and having fun, eating barbeque, drinking, etc.

LILY: What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance?
BOBBY SMITH: Just be patient and do what you do, trying to improve on mistakes, be more creative each year, and promote your agenda.

LILY: What's next for you as an artist? Is there a new single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
BOBBY SMITH: Like I said in my last interview for Why Do You Stare At That Someone: 'Maybe a love ballad will be in the works next…' Here it is, I'm Still In Love With You.

LILY: That all sounds quite exciting! Best of luck with your musical creations and I look forward to hearing what comes next.

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