New mu­sic, tours and awards await trio of singers

GET THE SCOOP ON LAU­REN ALAINA, KANE BROWN AND JOR­DAN SMITH

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - FRONT PAGE - By LISA DEN­TON / STAFF WRITER

New mu­sic, a head­lin­ing tour and a chance to pick up a big-time award await a trio of talented singers with Chat­tanooga ties. Here’s the lat­est on the busy pro­fes­sional lives of Jor­dan Smith, Kane Brown and Lau­ren Alaina. JOR­DAN SMITH

Look for new hol­i­day mu­sic from Smith, the vo­cal pow­er­house and for­mer Lee Univer­sity stu­dent who won Sea­son 9 of NBC tal­ent show “The Voice.”

Smith has re­leased the sin­gle “All Is Well” for Re­pub­lic Records with con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian artist Michael W. Smith, who orig­i­nally recorded the song for his first hol­i­day al­bum, 1989’s “Christ­mas” (he traded vo­cals with soloist Nathan Wadley on that ef­fort). Michael W. Smith re­made the song for his 2014 hol­i­day al­bum, “The Spirit of Christ­mas,” this time with Car­rie Un­der­wood.

“There is no deny­ing Jor­dan’s voice. It’s un­like any­thing I’ve ever heard,” says Michael W. Smith. “He sang ‘All Is Well’ when he was on tour with Amy [Grant] and me on two of our Christ­mas tours, and with­out ex­cep­tion, peo­ple were on their feet be­fore he even ended the song. I’ll have to say, ‘All Is Well’ is prob­a­bly my fa­vorite song that Wayne Kirk­patrick and I ever wrote to­gether. And I can’t imag­ine any­thing bet­ter than

hear­ing Jor­dan de­liver this very spe­cial mu­si­cal mes­sage.”

Jor­dan Smith says he’s “so pleased to share this song with the world.”

“It was a dream come true to get in the stu­dio with my idol-turned-friend Michael W. Smith and make not just a song but a mo­ment that I’m thrilled for ev­ery­one to ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Jor­dan Smith re­leased his third full-length al­bum, “Only Love,” ear­lier this year, co-writ­ing six of the 12 tracks and co-pro­duc­ing. The ti­tle track re­ceived a rave re­view from El­ton John on Beats1 Ra­dio and was the No. 1 Most Added at AC Ra­dio the week of its re­lease, ac­cord­ing to pub­li­cists. Smith also per­formed “Only Love” on “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,” and an­other track from the al­bum, “Feel Good,” is the theme song for the new ABC se­ries “GMA Day.”

“Only Love” fol­lows Smith’s full-length de­but al­bum, “Some­thing Beau­ti­ful,” and his first Christ­mas al­bum, “‘Tis the Sea­son.” Ear­lier this year, he co-wrote Ce­line Dion’s “Ashes” for “Dead­pool 2.”

Smith turned 25 last Sun­day, post­ing to Twit­ter that reach­ing the quar­ter­century mark “was an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on all the amaz­ing things that have hap­pened over the last year, but also a re­minder that the best is yet to come! Also it means that I can rent a car with­out pay­ing a young driver fee now!”

AP FILE PHO­TOS/PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY DY­LAN CHESSER

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