SELF-PRODUCED THIRD ALBUM, DUE APRIL 14, 2023 ON MONUMENT RECORDS
NEW TRACK “LATELY” OUT NOW
Last year, Monument Records’ powerhouse vocalist Caitlyn Smith released High, the first half of a record that the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter self-produced. Now, Smith announces the completion of that project, adding six new songs to make her full record, High & Low, due April 14.
For Smith, the making of High & Low represented a metamorphosis. Looking back, the award-winning songwriter realised she, as many do in the era of social media, had celebrated the “highs” of life publicly – while navigating the “lows” in private. Instead of showing vulnerability, it was easier to pretend everything was fine. But over the course of writing and producing High & Low, Smith learned to peel back the curtain, embracing all aspects of her life, including the “lows” she once held so close to the vest.
“Nobody can have the highs without the lows,” she reflects. “When I decided to produce this album, I knew it was going to be a challenge – and musically it was a beautifully stretching & exciting experience. But it brought me into this unexpected season of life where I started facing all these roadblocks that were holding me back. Fear. Doubt. Denial. And I was really forced to finally bring these issues into the light. I went from hiding behind my songs to being able to say it out loud in the room – and that’s something I’m really proud of.
Out now, “Lately” is the first taste of what’s to come from High & Low. The track delves even further into this human experience, detailing the attempt to overcome loss using a series of distractions.
“I’d realised that I’d grown into this version of myself that only wanted to show and talk about the highs and became quite dependent on keeping up this façade that I have it all together,” she details. “Real life is gritty, and wild, and never perfect, and it’s given me so much freedom to be able to be more vulnerable, not always put on a happy face, and be honest and unafraid of the more difficult feelings.”
Written by Smith with Gordie Sampson and Troy Verges, you can listen to “Lately” here: Lately (lnk.to).
The additional five new tracks balance 2022’s critically-acclaimed High, celebrated by NPR as “her most fully realised project yet,” with High & Low capturing the full picture of who Smith is as an artist and as a creator – where embracing the yin and yang simply makes you more human.
Pre-save High & Low here: – (bio.to)
Track listing (* Denotes new song)
1 High – Intro
3 Dreamin’s Free
4 Lately *
5 Mississippi *
6 Good As Us
7 Alaska *
8 Maybe In Another Life
9 I Think Of You *
10 Nothing Against You
11 Downtown Baby
12 Writing Songs and Raising Babies *
13 I Don’t Like The World Without You
14 The Great Pretender *
In addition to celebrating the release of High last year, the Minnesota native earned her first Academy of Country Music Awards nomination for New Female Artist of the Year. She also wowed audiences in the UK with several performances at London’s The O2 during C2C Festival weekend in March 2022 (“Caitlyn Smith was THE artist of the festival”, LYRIC MAGAZINE) and during a short UK tour last October as part of Country Music Week, taking in London, Manchester and Glasgow. Smith plans to announce 2023 shows soon.
For more information, visit caitlynsmith.com.
About Caitlyn Smith
After winning a Critics Choice Award, earning a nomination for ACM New Female Artist of the Year and writing songs for the likes of Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton, Meghan Trainor and John Legend, Garth Brooks, Caitlyn Smith has established herself as one of Nashville’s brightest rising stars. Undeniably one of the best vocalists of this generation, Smith’s 2018 Starfire and 2020’s Supernova saw her in the pages of TIME Magazine and The New York Times, and had her named to Rolling Stone’s 10 country artists to know and Paste ’s 10 country artists to watch. Smith’s self-produced High, was released in April 2022, with her follow-up effort High & Low out now on Monument Records.