Christy Smith

Christy Smith

Raleigh | Songwriting

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The slow rhythms of the countryside and the feel of the church pew are never too far below the surface of Christy Smith’s songs. She is a native North Carolinian, and the granddaughter of cotton and tobacco farmers.
 
Smith explores a shifting sense of identity and how our relationships define us. As a new mom, she will soon release new songs that reveal motherhood to be both a joyous homecoming and an agonizing passage, as she sings about her year-long, transformational battle with her own mental illness after childbirth.
 
Her albums include The Darkness Comes (The Tender Fruit, 2014), Flotsam & Krill (The Tender Fruit, 2010), and Nola (Nola, 2006), along with collaborations with Bon Iver, Megafun, Bombadil and Gross Ghost.
 
Smith is a familiar face at local music festivals, including Hopscotch, Duke's Music in the Gardens, and the Festival for the Eno. She has collaborated with many talented musicians, including Phil Cook, Heather McEntire, Libby Rodenbough, and others. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from North Carolina State University and has taught songwriting workshops for Girls Rock NC, the Central Park School for Children, and others.