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Meet Brett Stafford Smith, Nashville Recording Artist

Linda Bilyeu likes to make artists shine! Hence, her interview series was born.

Brett Stafford Smith

Brett Stafford Smith

Introducing Brett Stafford Smith

If you have never had the opportunity to visit Nashville and experience the ambiance along Broadway, whether upper or lower or anywhere in between, I highly recommend it.

I recently visited Nashville for one reason: music. Actually country music, but I was pleasantly surprised with an amazing mixture of most genres. Yes, I even heard rap music!

I paid extra close attention to the musicians who were performing at each bar I frequented and I frequented quite a few. I even brought some musicians back home to Orlando with me—via social media, that is. I was impressed with their drive and desire to fuel their passion for music.

For your enjoyment I present Brett Stafford Smith.

Strut Your Stuff

When I first saw Brett Stafford Smith in Nashville, I assumed he was just another musician playing for tips in a honky tonk on Broadway.

Well, as we well know, one should never assume. When it was Brett's turn to perform his set I noticed that the noise level in the crowded bar had simmered down.

I also noticed that the patrons attention was fixated on Brett. Toes were tapping and shoulders were swaying. This singer-songwriter sure knew how to draw in the attention of the listeners at the Honky Tonk Central.

I instantly thought, well played, Brett.

Cowboys and Cougars

Brett's playful mannerisms, along with his charisma had his audience wanting more. Which led to more tips for this cowboy as he serenaded the crowd.

Brett had jokingly mentioned something about "Cowboys and Cougars." I have since challenged him to write that song. I continue to impatiently wait for Brett to accept the challenge and create the hit that will have Nashville all abuzz.

Bring it on, Brett.

My daughter and I purchased Brett's EP and popped it into our rental's CD player and we must have listened to the five songs at least 30 to 40 times while in Nashville. After the third round we were strutting our stuff all over Broadway.

I recently challenged Brett to answer some random fun questions and he scored with his responses! It's now my turn to make him shine.

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Random Fun Facts

  • Brett was born in Dothan, Alabama, on March 10. When a Pisces enters a crowded room, they own it. They are energetic, spunky, and lively. (Yep, that is what I witnessed during Brett's performance.)
  • Brett now calls Nashville his home and you could find him at the Honky Tonk Central from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Be sure and tip him well.
  • His favorite musicians are Dave Matthews, Jack White, and Keith Urban.
  • Brett's passion for music began at age 14 while performing in a southern Baptist church.
  • His favorite food is crab legs. Favorite drink is any free drink or Jack. (Holler and swaller!)
  • Brett's dad inspired his love of country music. His dad would pick him up from school, windows rolled down, with Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt tunes flowing through the air.
  • His favorite color is wood. (Hmm. But there are many shades of wood.)
  • He attended college at Auburn University.

More Random Fun Facts

  • The musician that inspired him was Carter Beauford.
  • Brett didn't have professional vocal training; he nailed the vocals on his own.
  • I foresee a possible duet with the likes of Aubrie Sellers, Claire Dunn, or Kelsea Ballerini in Brett's future (Come on, ladies!)
  • The first instrument he learned was the saxophone. This was followed by drums, bass, guitar, and piano.
  • He writes his own songs. He also writes with others. But they haven't had any songs picked up by the people who bring them to the masses. (Cowboys and Cougars!)
  • Famous artists that he has met include Luke Combs and Muscadine Bloodline.
  • Five years from now he sees himself as a better fisher. (A humble man, indeed.)
  • Before moving to Nashville, he had a band in Alabama called The Wild Fruit. Their original songs are "Slow It Down" and "Fancy." A ballad with Caitlin Mullins, "Cold in the South" will give y'all a warm, tingly feeling.
  • Brett's advice for new artists: "Talk to those who do what you wanna do and listen to them. Evolve your style. Listen back and critique your own music. Don't let anyone tell you what a good song is. If you just wanna make music then make music, but if you wanna make it in the music business then be good at the business."
  • You can find Brett's music on iTunes and Spotify. You could also follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Get to followin' y'all...

At this time Brett hasn't been picked up by a label. (Let's do something about that.)

Brett's birthday greeting to Linda from Orlando

Comment From Sissi Smith Addison

When I read this interview earlier today, I about cried and my heart smiled so big. Anyone can get up every day and go to a job but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to do what he does: entertain.

To be so passionate about something for so long and to pack up and move to a place where you know very few people so you're able to follow your dreams is incredible. I admire my brother in so many ways.

Brett has always had music running through his blood. I remember him getting his first instrument, an alto sax, and having to listen to him play those horrible notes as he tried to practice simply blowing in the woodwind. As a teenager, it became the drums and guitar. Lord have mercy, I could never get a good nap and this girl needs a nap pretty regularly. I remember Dave Matthews playing 24/7. Literally! I hear Dave in his singing. To see what you wrote, makes me proud of his daily commitment to following his calling. Thank you for your words!

Comment From Taryn Stevens

What you did for Brett was so sweet! It makes me so happy to see how many lives Brett touches through his music. I can only pray that other people see what we see. He is so genuine and kind hearted and has such a demeanor that draws in each and every person that walks through the doors of Honky Tonk Central.

Brett has such an amazing talent and drive to pursue his dreams. He is a true inspiration that keeps me wanting to be the best version of myself. One of the many reasons I feel so in love with him. I feel so blessed to have him in my life and be able to hear his music daily! He is so appreciative of you for doing that. What a beautiful article.

© 2016 Linda Bilyeu


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 16, 2016:

With you in Brett's corner, I know a label will pick him up before long.

I love when humble combines with pure talent - thanks for introducing me to Brett. Love ya, MM

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 03, 2016:

Yep. It's your turn to shine and bring light to talent that makes us smile, tap our feet, and get up and dance, Sunshine!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 03, 2016:

Shauna, I am kinda pushy and they are awesome! Teamwork!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 03, 2016:

Linda, you are truly a woman who wants what she gets and gets what she wants. How you get these stars to communicate with you is indicative of your spirit and passion.

Thank you for bringing this young talent to the forefront. I'm sure this article will be instrumental in boosting his career.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on September 01, 2016:

I hope Nashville recovers quickly, Mike...because I am ready for another round.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 30, 2016:

Hello Linda - Sounds like you had a great time - and a well deserved vacation. Nashville will recover. haha

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on August 29, 2016:


What a terrific start to a new series of articles! I enjoyed reading about Brett, and I'm looking forward to reading about other musicians Michelle and you met in Nashville.

"In your spare time," perhaps you can write a general article about the city of Nashville. I'm certain your fans would be interested in that, too.

Dianna Mendez on August 28, 2016:

Wow, what a nice guy to give you a birthday greeting during his performance! Does seem like a humble man. I've been to Nashville but never to any of the music venues. Next time I'm up there I will definitely stop in to visit a few.

Audrey Howitt from California on August 28, 2016:

Strut your stuff is right!!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 27, 2016:

And Nashville would love for you to visit, Nell. Brett would appreciate a fan from England.

Nell Rose from England on August 27, 2016:

I would love to visit Nashville, and I love Bretts voice and songs! nice one linda!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 27, 2016:

Thank you, ladies for sharing your thoughts on Brett. His songs have a tendency to get stuck in my times!

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 24, 2016:

I went to school in Nashville at Vandy and loved honky tonkin with my friends down on lower Broadway during the week mostly of our senior year. Back then the bars were seedy and tourists kinda stayed away from the area. You could run into anyone in one of those small dives --tomorrow"s stars or yesterday's. It was the time of my life and I knew it. ended too soon. I'm glad you are looking for new talent and profiling new singers. Nashville is a tough place to make it.

Suzie from Carson City on August 24, 2016:

Hey GF....The HP Queen of C&W!! We just have to get you that Nashville job! You're a natural, not to mention you're like a C&W Encyclopedia! This guy is cute! and the music is great too. Thanks for keeping me informed. I depend on you!.....HeeeeeeHaw! Effer

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 24, 2016:

I knew we had this in common! LOL. My favorite thing about my website is interviewing the artists. I've considered moving those interviews over to HP, but so far, I've only included an interview of Amy Rose and a song review of one of her songs here on HP. I'll have to add Brett to the artist list on my site. Who knows, maybe one day I'll do an interview with him.

Gotta say. . .totally jealous that you've been to Nashville!!!!

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