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Merging her powerful, smoky vocals and indie rock roots with a strong affection for ‘90s pop, R&B and neo-soul, Caroline Smith is rapidly emerging as music’s next big sound.
The 28-year-old Minnesota native grew up in a musical household and learned to play guitar from her father at a young age. Smith’s musical ambitions led her to start performing throughout her hometown, and she eventually opened for blues legend B.B. King at just 16 years old. She moved to Minneapolis for college when she was 18 and there, she continued to pursue her passion for music. She landed a weekly solo gig at a local bar, where she eventually formed her band, Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps. The folk and indie rock-inspired group quickly built a strong following in the Midwest and beyond, releasing two albums and completing seven national tours, including a sold-out show in Smith’s hometown.
Smith is in a constant state of evolution and consistently pushes herself and her music to new heights. In 2013, she opted to set aside her band name and folk roots for a sound and identity that was truly her own. Her debut solo album, Half About Being a Woman, draws influence from the ‘90s pop R&B stylings of TLC, Erykah Badu and Mariah Carey as well as the lyricism of great songwriters like Paul Simon and Carole King—all of whom inspired her growing up. Smith’s records illustrate the tribulations of love, self-acceptance, and growing into womanhood via soaring melodies and honest lyricism. With tracks such as “Magazine” and “All That I Know Is (I’m Your Baby),” Smith celebrates her own journey to embrace being a strong, confident and opinionated woman, and she seeks to encourage other women to do the same.
In the fall of 2016, Smith released her newest single, “Trying Not to Love You,” which is an infectious pop track that combines sleek production, unique lyricism and her hometown influences of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. She most recently released the music video for the “Trying Not to Love You,” which features Smith tap dancing alone in a room to symbolize the struggle of not wanting to be alone. This creative concept was inspired by videos where the performer captivates the audience all on their own, similar to Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend,” David Byrne’s “Psycho Killer,” and Sia’s “Chandelier.”
Smith is only getting started, and fans can look forward to the release of her sophomore album in 2017.