Jonah Smith is a critically acclaimed artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He has produced several records and has performed around the world at places like Bonnaroo, BAM Festival in Barcelona, The Bowery Ballroom in NYC, Ronnie Scotts in London, SXSW, and countless others. His most well-known brush with fame came as a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent, where he received a standing ovation from Howard Stern. He went on to perform four times on national television from Radio City Music Hall wowing the judges and audiences with his big soulful voice and considerable keyboard chops.
His latest record, “Stay Close” was released in June of 2017. It gained national attention before it’s release when Smith’s song, “Ocala” landed on the front page of The Washington Post. Songs from the record are in rotation at Americana radio stations and Smith has done a live in studio at SiriusXM headquarters in New York as well as the well-known Daytrotter video series to promote this beautifully crafted acoustic record. “Stay Close” garnered two Independent Music Award nominations and one win -- for "Best Story Song" for "Ocala".
Smith’s songs have been featured on several national television networks including NBC, ABC, and FX and his song, “My Morning Scene” which was the 2006 IMA award winner for Best Americana Song was featured on Good Morning America. In addition to his work as an artist, Smith co-writes and produces and is an in demand session singer. His voice can be heard in national ad campaigns and Japanese cartoon theme songs.
Smith has had the pleasure of recording and performing with several of his influences over the years including Garth Hudson (of the Band), Bill Frisell, Los Lobos, Little Feat, Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton and others. His 2016 record, Easy Prey featured guests like Ruthie Foster, Lucius and David Hidalgo.
"You are the real deal. You can play, you can sing, you are terrific!" Howard Stern
"Mr. Smith’s folk songs are equally well suited to downtown lounges and rural front porches" New York Times
"Easygoing, soulful music, which calls to mind J.J. Cale, early Van Morrison" Wall St. Journal
"A blend of distinctive American styles with engaging songwriting" NPR
"Luxurious Blues" La Vanguardia, Spain