Sony/ATV Nashville Signs Nate Smith To Worldwide Deal

Nate Smith. Photo: Rachel Deebs

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville announced today (Oct. 16) it has signed breakout country singer/songwriter Nate Smith to a global publishing agreement.

Originally from Paradise, California, Smith’s single “Wildfire” has garnered nine million Spotify streams and two million TikTok views. Smith has opened the stage for prominent artists across genres including Brett Eldredge, Michael Ray, Travis Denning, Eli Young Band, X Ambassadors, and Pitbull.

Sony/ATV Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston stated, “Nate has an incredible ability to inspire hope and bring people together with his songs. We are so pleased to welcome Nate to the Sony/ATV family—he has unlimited potential, and this is just the beginning for him and his career.”

Smith said, “I’ve always been told that you want to surround yourself with people who believe in you even more than you do, and that’s what I’ve found with the Sony/ATV family.”

Smith began his music career at 23 years old when he moved to Nashville and signed his first label and publishing deal. He eventually had to leave Music City and move back to California to be with his family, and it was during that time a devastating fire struck Paradise and destroyed everything he owned. Through his experience with loss and grief, Nate re-discovered his love for country music and began writing songs again.

Soon after, Smith co-wrote “One of These Days,” a tribute song to honor Paradise, California after the devastating wildfires in 2018. The single quickly went viral and became an anthem of hope for fire victims struggling with loss and pain. After the success of “One of These Days,” Smith was inspired to continue his songwriting career and move back to Nashville. Since then, he signed a new management deal with Chief Zaruk and Simon Tikhman at The Core Entertainment.

Smith also released his new single “Under My Skin” today.


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