Special offer! A CD or download of Caitlyn Smith’s forthcoming album, Starfire (available January 19, 2018) is included with every ticket order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer approximately 7 days after your ticket purchase.
“Each song is a little snapshot of something I picked up along the way,” says Caitlyn Smith. With her latest album, Starfire, Smith has created a true portrait of an artist as a young woman, full of insightful observations, personal revelation, and commitment to craft. Powerful and nuanced, the record marks the arrival of a true musical force.
Though she began her career as a performer, in recent years Smith has become one of Nashville’s most celebrated songwriters, with her compositions recorded by artists from James Bay to Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton to John Legend and Meghan Trainor (for whom she co-wrote the multi-platinum duet “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”). Since she returned to the stage on her own, tastemakers immediately began taking notice: Rolling Stone has called Caitlyn’s voice “soaring and expressive” and Elle magazine praised her “powerful, affecting songs,” and she was named one the “top female vocalists” on Billboard’s SXSW 2017 Music Discovery.
“I was wandering around Nashville, writing for other people, but I hadn’t figured out what I wanted to say as an artist,” says Smith of her new focus for Starfire. “I started writing songs that only I could sing—I would go in with the intention of writing for myself, after years of not doing that. This record is me opening my heart and telling my story.”
St. Paul, all those nights that you made me love you
St. Paul, all the trouble we got into
I might run a million miles though a million cities
But there’ll never be another one that’s ever gonna get me
Like St. Paul
— “St. Paul”
Growing up in the small town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, Caitlyn Smith was drawn to music at a young age. She put together her first band when she was 12 years old, drafting her brother as the drummer, and started cold-calling local venues for gigs. By the time she finished high school, she was writing and performing so often that her parents asked if she wanted to use her college fund to finance a record; she went on to make three albums before she turned 19. “I cut my teeth in the Minneapolis clubs,” she says. “All those times sneaking into shows was a defining time of my life, it left a huge mark on me. And the fact that there were these great artists who had come from Minnesota—Prince, Bob Dylan, Jonny Lang—made the idea of being a musician more attainable.”
Smith moved to the Twin Cities and played everywhere she could, but she had also been told that Nashville was a gathering place for songwriters, so she drove south to check it out. Discovering a city of kindred spirits, she began finding connections in the writing community. “As often as I could afford it,” she says, “I would take my Dodge Neon and drive for 14 hours, and started a period of going back and forth between the two cities.” The Starfire song “St. Paul” stands as her tribute to this chapter of her development. “It captures that spirit of how it all started,” she says. “Wherever I travel, Minnesota will always be home.”