Breakout star Nate Smith’s hit song, ‘Whiskey On You‘, tops the country radio charts for the second week in a row, achieving the first multi-week No. 1 on a debut single since 2019 on the Billboard Country Airplay, and since 2018 on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart. Yesterday, he was surprised by his Sony Music Nashville, WME, and The CORE Entertainment teams with an RIAA Platinum-certification plaque for the song. To celebrate the achievement, Nate will release two new songs from his upcoming, self-titled album next Friday, ‘Better Boy’ and ‘Oil Spot.’ The full-length album will arrive 28 April.
Adding to the song’s accolades, ‘Whiskey On You’ was also No. 1 on Canada’s country radio chart for six weeks – making the song the longest running No. 1 country debut by a male vocalist in their chart history.
Nate was recognized on multiple 2023 “Artist to Watch” lists this year including Amazon’s Breakthrough Artists to Watch, MusicRow’s Next Big Thing, CMT’s Listen Up, CRS New Faces, among others. With his first No. 1 under his belt and his debut, self-titled album set to arrive 28 April, Smith proves to be “powering through his own lane and will only go up from here” (MusicRow).
Nate shared about the impending full-length project: “It has been so much fun making this album, and I really believe in every one of these songs. Releasing an album has always been a goal of mine, but at the end of the day it’s really not about me. It’s about being able to reach other people with music that means something.” He adds that his mission with his music is to be a “conduit of hope”; a selfless and passionate driving force that’s thematic in his songs. “I’m not trying to be cool, or reinvent the wheel, or chase musical trends…I’m going after the heart of the matter.”
Nate’s journey to Nashville and the challenges he endured along the way are traceable in his gravelly tone, including losing his hometown of Paradise, CA to Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. Following the fire, Nate turned to music to cope, eventually inspiring a cross-country road trip to Nashville to pursue music fulltime.