Nathan Smith is a guitarist, singer, song-writer that has performed his original works as well as collaboration works in South Africa, neighboring countries and abroad since the age of 11.
Highlights of his career include involvement with flagship South African productions such as The Voice, Noot vir Noot, Skouspel, Idols, Afrikaans is Groot to mention a few.
Nathan has produced his own productions and is musical director for Guitar Legends – A tribute to the worlds greatest singing guitarists of all time, Don't Stop Believing – A tribute to Rock supergroup Journey, Slow-hand Fast-Hand – A tribute to Eric Clapton and Gary Moore and more.
Nathan Smith's new album of all original works is being released this year April. Nathan is a D'adarrio, Clayton Picks, Sennheiser, and Marshal Music endorsee.
Growing up in a musical family with both his parents being music teachers, music was something that came naturally in the Smith family. Nathan's father, Pat Smith, taught how to play guitar from the age of 11. He went on to play his first concert for his entire school just 3 months after starting to learn how to play. Writing music was the next step, and by the age of 13, Nathan started performing his original works in various venues and on national T.V He later formed the band DEAD SEA SURFERS with his older brother Paddy Smith and his fathers drum student ace Andrew Coleman at the age of 15. The name of the band came as a joke while entering a battle of the bands, but after winning the competition, they decided to keep it. Dead Sea Surfers went on to perform at multiple venues and festivals including, OppiKoppi, TuksFM Rag, Splash, etc. alongside South Africa's biggest rock bands. The band broke up a couple years later due to in-differences, and after recording 2 albums - Eating The Humor and Well Sprung. It was then that Nathan decided to start his solo career. Nathan Smith has performed his own music as well as his collaboration works around South Africa and abroad. With highlights of original compositions at Soccer World Cup events in 2010 and with Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen, which skyrocketed into countrywide tours and European Tours including a single handed sold out stadium show for 35000 in Holland in 2012.
Session work became another path that Nathan took by chance, although not the original idea, He found himself being booked for flagship live, recording and T.V productions which lead to collaboration work with top local and international artists which include:
Ronan Keating ; Richard Clayderman ; Riana Nel ; Laurika Rauch; Steve Hofmeyer; Juanita Du Plessis...
Not only has he played for flagship live show productions like Skouspel, Afrikaans is groot etc. T.V shows include: The Voice, Idols, Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing, Dis Hoe Dit Is Met Steve; Toks en Tjops and was a member of Die Musiek Frabriek on Noot Vir Noot.
After taking a few years off from his own productions and original music, due to focusing on the session work, Nathan picked up his solo artist career again. In 2016 he was approached by Storm Productions to play the lead role of a Gary Moore Tribute show called Wild Frontier. Don't Stop Believing - a tribute to the rock supergroup Journey, was his next production he took to stage which he co-produced with life-long friend Warren Krige. Don't Stop Believing had The Voice SA runner up, Josh Ansley, on Vocals and a star-studded line-up of muscians. Nathan was always inspired by the great guitar players of the past, which lead to the idea of Guitar Legends, where Nathan pays tribute to the worlds greatest singing guitar players. The shows have toured South Africa and international countries alike.
Original music has always been at the core of Nathans' love for music, with 2006 seeing the start of his solo album Songs From A Diary. Then in 2009 he released an experimental album with fellow band mates Mark Heydenrych, Paddy Smith and Kyle Rutten called The Nathan Smith Project - The Sum Of All Things. And finally 2020 is going to see the the long-awaited album coincidentally named.... 2020, which is being launched in April this year.
Nathan Smith is a proud to be endorsed by, D’addario, Sennheiser, Marshall Music and Clayton Picks.