Against the backdrop of a universally difficult 2020, songwriter and guitarist John Smith found himself facing personal and unrelenting change. In the spring of 2020, Smith and his wife lost a pregnancy, and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. With his touring schedule of two hundred days a year on the road suddenly on indefinite hiatus, for the first time in over a decade, John was home.
“With newfound pain coming from so many directions, dealing with the uncertainty it brings, I closed the curtains and picked up the pen, turning to song-writing as a lifeline” explains Smith. Today, John Smith shines an uplifting light on his deeply formidable year with the release of his brand-new single Friends.
Take a listen via the new live video, below…
“I wrote this song for my friends. Some of them feel more distant than others, after a year without contact” describes Smith. “The ties that bind these friendships are not lost or forgotten. They’re still there, as tight as ever. I imagine a lot of people are feeling this way, to some extent”.
Smith co-produced Friends with long-time friend and producer Sam Lakeman. They recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios and then sent the track to Nashville, where it was mixed by Grammy nominated / award-winning Shani Gandhi and mastered by João Carvalhio in Canada.
Friends is the precursor to a larger body of work from John Smith this year. He will be joined by a plethora of incredible talent who will collaborate on the most captivating music of his career to date.
Smith was born in Essex and raised on the Devon seaside. Known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, he has spent the last fifteen years touring internationally and has amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify. As a session musician he has played guitar with artists as diverse as Joan Baez, David Gray, Joe Henry, Lianne La Havas and Tom Jones.