CSU Bringing Singer-Songwriter Corey Smith to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Singer-songwriter Corey Smith’s act, popular on college campuses, around the Southeast and attracting attention nationwide, is coming to Columbus, thanks to Columbus State University’s Office of Student Life and Development.

Link to free Corey Smith downloads He will perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in a concert that’s open to the public at RiverCenter’s Bill Heard Theatre.

As an independent recording artist, Smith’s music is labeled “modern country” frequently in the media and “of its own genre” by Smith himself.

Corey Smith in concert. Without backing from a recording label and conventional radio play, the Georgia native in his early 30s has an enthusiastic and growing fan base inspired by word of mouth from his high energy concerts and songs and lyrics that are reflective and widely relatable, especially to college students.

Smith, right, a 2003 University of Georgia social studies education graduate, got into the music business after a brief teaching stint at North Gwinnett High School.

Music had been his passion since growing up in Jackson County with a self-described eclectic interest in artists such as George Jones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nirvana and Tupac Shakur. While in college, he wrote songs and often performed them at keg parties. He continued to write songs while at North Gwinnett, giving Friday performances for the students. Eventually he entered and won a songwriting competition that awarded him a recording opportunity and yielded his debut album, Undertones, and a single, “Twenty-One,” that became an anthem to college listeners.

Subsequently, Smith has found a niche via the Internet, selling more than 600,000 singles and 100,000 albums from his first five releases. His sixth album, Keeping Up with the Joneses, recently debuted at No. 1 on iTunes singer/songwriter charts, ahead of artists like James Taylor.

Tickets to his Columbus show — also made possible by CSU student activity fees — are on sale from tickets.com (http://www.tickets.com), the RiverCenter Box Office (call 706-256-3612) and CSU Bookstore in the Davidson Student Center. Prices are $7 advance and $12 day of show for CSU students and $12 advance and $15 day of show for general admission.

For more information, call 706-568-2273 or go to Smith’s Web site at http://www.coreysmith.com/.