18 year old Gillian Smith of Mechanicsburg is ready to kick off the Barefoot Country Music Fest in Wildwood, New Jersey August 19-22, 2021! The 2021 Cumberland Valley Graduate is thrilled to be part of the impressive lineup of Country Music greats including Carrie Underwood, Dan and Shay, and Zac Brown Band.
“I’m so excited to be playing the festival. I’ve dreamed about doing something like this since I was a little kid singing karaoke in my living room. The fact that I am sharing the stage with such talented people is an honor. I’m counting down the days until Barefoot Country Music Fest and I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future”, said Smith.
Gillian began singing lessons when she was 8 years old and has been training ever since. While her music background is classically trained and theatre work, Gillian found a new love for country music in 2019. Although Gillian was heavily influenced by Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Marren Morris and Gabby Barrett, you can hear her love of the classics like Dolly, Reba and Faith Hill in her soulful vocals!
Gillian debuted her single “Guess You Couldn’t” in July 2021. It tells the somewhat humorous story of a past relationship. Her EP is expected to drop later this summer. Gillian will be studying Music Business at Salisbury University while continuing to play shows between Mechanicsburg and Nashville.
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