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November 14th, 2019

Meet NewSong finalist Grant Maloy Smith

NewSong is proud to introduce 2019 finalist Grant Maloy Smith! The Kingston, RI-based singer-songwriter will join his fellow finalists onstage at Isis Music Hall on Saturday Nov. 23 for the 18th annual NewSong Final Competition. 

Grant is songwriter heavily influenced by country/roots music — boasting an artful blend of country, bluegrass and folk. Grant has performed at Carnegie Hall and won numerous awards, including two Grammy certificates. One of his songs was turned into an award-winning children’s book, launching him into the world of publishing. When he isn’t playing music, Grant is also an actor. 

We asked Grant about his musical inspiration, songwriting process and what music news he has coming up in the Q&A below. 

Connect with Grant on his websiteFacebook pageTwitter, YouTube, and Instagram. For more information on attending this event, please visit our Facebook event page. Purchase tickets to the NewSong finals at Isis Music Hall on Nov. 23 here

What are your most significant musical/artistic inspirations?

Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, the Beatles, and Mozart.

What is your songwriting process like?

I normally start with the music and some words at the same time, then develop the whole structure. Then I come back and write the entire lyric, which takes the most time to do.

What was your reaction to being named a NewSong finalist?

I was very excited and honored to be chosen.

What music news would you like to share with readers?

My song “Man Of Steel” has been selected as the official theme song of the National Veterans Foundation. And I appeared in the feature film “Oildale” performing my original song “I Come From America” on screen. The film is premiering in LA on December 12.
For more information on attending the NewSong Competition event, please visit our Facebook event page. Buy tickets here