Granger Smith Is Taste of Country’s Hottest Artist to Watch in 2016

Last fall, Smith was tagged as an iHeartRadio On the Verge artist, which meant a rapid increase in national airplay for “Backroad Song,” his pop-country ode to rural wanderlust and the first single from his May 2015 EP 4Ă—4. The song moved more than 32,000 downloads in its first week, bowing at No. 4 on the Billboard Country Digital Songs chart and netting the singer his first Top 10 iTunes single.

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Granger Smith - Every genre likes to glorify its tropes, and Granger’s 4x4 EP arrived earlier this year ready to do just that, with tunes like the smirking “City Boy Stuck,” which pokes fun at drivers who lack four-wheel drive.


Following the wildly successful radio impact for “Backroad Song” last week, BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records artist Granger Smith has been tapped as an iHeartCountry “On The Verge” artist. The program heavily spotlights up-and-coming artists nationwide that iHeartMedia programmers are excited about and know their listeners will love.

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The furniture in Benny Brown's Music Row office is covered with more than 30 neatly arranged stacks of song demos, each marked up with his hand-written notations about which of the artists on his large roster he thinks the songs might suit. For Brown, the business begins and ends with the song -- and the singer -- and he sees no shortage of talent out there

TASTE OF COUNTRY: ‘4X4’ EP Album Spotlight

Granger Smith’s first project with well-known producer Frank Rogers results in four tracks reminiscent of one of Rogers’ most well-known clients. It’s not fair to say Smith sounds like Brad Paisley on 4X4, but he brings many of the same qualities.