MIKE SMITH IS A MULTI-GENRE SINGER/SONGWRITER, MUSICIAN, RECORDING ARTIST, TV STAR, PRODUCER, AUTHOR, LABEL HEAD, AND HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR.
THE TV STAR
His most recent endeavor in the television broadcast and entertainment sector is the launch of the Hip-Hop reality television competition– One Shot (BET/August 2016). Mike is owner, executive producer and stars as a main judge, along with owning the Label SMH Entertainment that will be the home of the winner of One Shot. “One Shot” is basically Hip Hop American Idol and will be hosted by Sway and will feature plenty of celebrity judge appearances including: DJ Khaled, T.I., RZA, Tech N9ne, DJ Drama, and Twista. Mike was the driving force behind making Kxng Crooked’s concept a reality.
Mike’s distinct talents as a highly sought-after song crafter have been recognized time and time again for his co-writes and recordings with some of the most widely decorated performers in the music and entertainment business including eight-time Grammy nominated producers, The Avila Brothers, DMC (Run DMC), along with members of Guns N’ Roses and Dave Matthews Band, Chris Webby, Twista, Tech N9ne, Slaughterhouse and many more. Mike writes about six songs per day across multiple genres including Hip Hop, Rock, Country, and R&B.
THE ARTIST AND MUSICIAN
In 2016, Mike Smith’s debut album (with no major label backing) Always You And Me shot to #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #47 on the Billboard New Artist album chart, and #67 on the Billboard albums chart. Additionally, his singles have garnered significant play with “Little Bit Of Us” hitting the Top 40 on Country’s Music Row chart and “Green Eyed Girl” with over 1.5 million streams to date on Spotify. Besides his success on Spotify, Mike has also been named a “TIDAL Rising Artist” on Jay Z’s streaming service.
Mike’s latest endeavor is teaming up with Tony Mentor of Plateau Music in Nashville to release his single “You’re My Kind Of Beautiful” . Tony Mantor has had a series of Chart Hits with Plateau Music and expects Mike’s single to reach very high on the Billboard Charts.
Additionally, Mike’s feature ladened Hip Hop Album “Deluxe: WHEN MUSIC WORLDS COLLIDE” is due to be released July 12, 2016. The Album includes collaborations with some major hip hop stars including Chris Webby, Troy Ave, Royce da 5’9, Kool G Rap, Inspectah Deck (Wu Tang Clan), Twista, Cyhi The Prince, Nappy Roots, Kxng Crooked, and many more.
A talented instrumentalist, Mike is proficient on twelve instruments; he plays all-things- strings (guitar, bass guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, steel guitar, ukulele and fiddle) as well as drums and harmonica. His extraordinary musicianship is showcased throughout the studio recordings featured on ALWAYS YOU AND ME. And WHEN MUSIC WORLDS COLLIDE.
THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT ENTREPRENEUR…
Mike has produced, written and performed with revolutionary Hip-Hop artists and heads up three record labels including SMH Entertainment, EMS Records and Razor Sharp Records (Partners with RZA of Wu Tang Clan).
Mike is self made and has had success in many industries. Mike started his first business on credit cards when he was 23 Years Old. This first business was a highly successful IT business in the 1990s. From there, he has built, bought, and sold three successful regional chains of medical practices.
Mike is Cuban American, his Mother was born in Havana, Cuba and he is directly related to Fidel Castro. The father of six has a great love story with his wife and business partner Erika Smith. Mike and Erika almost married in college, broke up, and on the 10th Anniversary of their breakup, they reconnected and have been together ever since. Mike is a health nut, Economics Theory and history buff, with a photographic memory who would make for a big-winning contestant on “Jeopardy,” has studied American, European and Cuban politics related to Fidel Castro (yes, a relation); he’s written two self-help (semi-autobiographical) books—one of which is scheduled to hit stands in Fall 2016.