FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Loren Smith

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Happy to! I’m a preachers kid, been singing since the age of 3, and now I’m working to bring hope, give love and spread joy through music. I’m grateful I get to do what I love for a living, and I’m still trying to work out how to get 8 hours of rest each night and avoid public disputes of fast-food chain chicken sandwiches. 

How did you get your start in music?

My dad’s side of the family is my biggest influence, and they made me sing, I had no choice. But doing it professionally was a slow start, I was always shocked when people called on me to work because I didn’t think I was anything special. Now I fully realize the national treasure I am, and we all celebrate me… Kidding. It started with singing in churches, and then singing for film and television, and then background singing and beyond. I feel very fortunate to have experienced and grown through what life has given to me so far. 

How would you describe your musical style?

I call it soul/pop. The hooks are catchy, but the soul aspect is what differentiates me from other pop acts. I used to lean heavily into emulating what I saw around me, I’ve learned that our greatest power manifests when we are truly and simply ourselves. 

Take us through your latest single, “Can’t Wait” and the video behind it.

I am so proud of this song! It’s a percussive uptempo tune I wrote that no producer would touch. I’m currently on a world tour so recording the song and filming the video had to be incredibly strategic, but my team came full force with love and support and I couldn’t do what I do without them. The song is about the feeling of anticipation when you want to make whoop whoop with someone you love. You guys know what I mean when I say whoop whoop.

You’re used to the soul genre, but this song sees you branching in a different direction. What led to that decision to try different genres?

I challenged myself to write out of the box for this song. I wanted to do something Id never heard before. Thankfully my producer, Colin Boyd, (Frank Ocean, Mac Miller, IDK) is a MASTER at thinking and producing out of the box. This song went through a lot of variations, but like grandma used to say: “issa bop”.

You’re the current vocal captain of Michael Bublé’s backup singers. What has that experience been like?

Such an incredible experience. Good leadership comes from the top just like bad leadership comes from the top. Michael’s a great leader, and I’ve learned so much! Experiencing new places, meeting new family members and learning the business has been the icing on the cake for me. Love my Buble’ Fam Bam.

What’s next for your career?

I’m performing live shows currently, just had a show in LA this past week and had an unforgettable time with my band and singers celebrating life, commemorating those we’ve lost, and making feel-good music with solid arrangements. I’m also releasing more live music video covers, head to the @sanglorensmith channel on YouTube to check those out. We released a cover of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” that’s been positively received and I’ve got a Beyonce/Justin Timberlake Mashup coming soon as well. My plan is to continue to connect with fans organically and intentionally and take this thang all the way to the Grammy Awards.

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

Learn your craft, Create and Nurture your art, and don’t compare yourself with anyone else. 

What’s your life like outside of music?

Pretty boring. I’m either working or resting so that I can work. It’s been a lot of long days and long nights but I’m so grateful and I don’t take it for granted. I try to surround myself with people that vibrate higher than I do, so that my support system can fill me up when I’ve got nothing to give. Oh! and I LOVE cooking and baking. It’s literally been the hardest part about losing my last 50 vanity pounds. 

Let the readers know where to find you online.

Hey Readers, it’s me, Loren. Find me on IG, Twitter, Snapchat and FB @sanglorensmith. Be sure to tell me FYIG sent ya!!!