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2017 Governor's Awards in the Arts:
Emerging Artist Award



Harlan, Ky.



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Jordan Smith rocketed to success in the entertainment industry after winning season nine of NBC’s reality talent competition “The Voice,” but his love for music was born, stoked and nurtured in Harlan County.

In a “close knit town where everyone knows everyone,” Smith found himself surrounded by music at home. He constantly sang with his family, whether harmonizing in the car with his mom or singing in the church choir. At the same time, he fell in love with performers like gospel singer Shirley Caesar, pop songstress Sara Bareilles and the legendary Whitney Houston. This diversity would inform his own sound and style.

In high school, Jordan’s music teacher noticed his talent and encouraged him with one-on-one training and a place to practice. After graduation, he attended college, pursuing a major in music business. In 2014, he decided to audition for The Voice following years of fandom.

Smith showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the best-selling artist in the history of “The Voice” and the winner of season nine. He wasted no time getting into the recording booth and in 2016 released his debut album titled “Something Beautiful.” In fall 2016, Smith released his Christmas album “‘Tis The Season” which went on to be one of the most successful new holiday releases that season. His holiday TV special of the same name aired on public television across the US.

Smith’s journey on “The Voice” was trail blazing. He was program’s biggest seller, moving 1.5 million singles in six months, and launching eight songs to the iTunes top 10 — the first artist from any season to hit the iTunes Top 10 every single week of the live rounds. As a professional recording artist, Smith became the first act to own both the No. 1 and No. 2 titles simultaneously on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart.




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