‘American Idol’ Standout Zachariah Smith Unveils Future Music Plans

The singer shared that this next set of music could come in the form of an EP or album.


Madeleine O’Connell

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August 7, 2023

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Zachariah Smith; ABC/Eric McCandless

Zachariah Smith has already given fans a glimpse into his growing catalog of music with his debut single, “American Grace,” but while catching up with Country Now, he revealed that he’s “staying busy” and gearing up to release even more new music. 

During his time as a fan-favorite contestant on American Idol, Smith recalled feeling pressured to pursue country music when selecting songs to perform and establishing the beginning of his career. Instead, he wanted to keep an open mind when it came down to choosing a genre to lean into. 

“When I was with Idol, they basically pitched me ‘American Grace’ and they pitched me a bunch of songs. I’d given them a couple of songs that I had written, and they weren’t too sure about it. They tried to box me into the country lane, and the thing with me is I love country and rock and roll. I can sing both. And so I think that’s what fans can expect for this next EP or album, whatever you want to call it.”

Songwriting has always been a part of Zachariah Smith’s life, but the singing competition gave him the push to get the pen moving again. 

I was songwriting a little bit before Idol, but once Idol started, I kind of just stopped and focused on the whole Idol journey. And now that I’ve been out of Idol, I’ve been coming up with more ideas and I’ve kind of picked it back up again, and it feels great,” he shared. 

Once his journey on the show came to an end, Smith decided he was determined to stick to his gut and move forward in a way that allowed him to explore his genre-bending passions. This sparked an inkling to create a project that showcases a bit of both his country and rock sides. 

“I like to add my side of things to it. I like to add my spice. Everybody likes their steaks differently, and I just add a little bit more seasoning to mine,” he explained before adding, “with that being said, I do the same with music and I like to always keep it spiced up. I like to keep my viewers and my listeners engaged in the music.”

With this forthcoming collection, Smith further explained that listeners can expect “fun music to sing along to” among songs that he describes as “American folk music, rock and roll, classic.”

“I’ll just let the fans decide, but either way, you can expect to have my name stamped all over it,” he added. 

The Mississippi native also teased that his next single will be based on a railroad station outside of Amory, MS. The release date for this tune has yet to be determined. 

“It’s not clear as to when I’m going to drop it just yet,” he explained. “I basically wanted to give a little bit more of that country, western rock type vibe. So this next single is going to be really cool.” 

Zachariah Smith; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
Zachariah Smith; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

Zachariah Smith still resides in Mississippi, but he’s found ways to connect with fellow songwriters in Nashville and create music that explores his creativity. 

“I’ve got a couple of guys right now that I’m working on another song with, and they’re based outside of Nashville. So I get a couple people that reach out and ask if we could come up with something. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it just doesn’t. I like to be the owner of my music, and so really what it is, is I like to bring my creativity out through my words and through my music playing. So I try to give as much of me as possible, if that makes sense.”

The 19-year-old singer/songwriter and dad of three recently made his way to Nashville where he made a surprise appearance at the Foreigner concert to sing in front of around 10,000 people.

Then in the fall, Smith will perform on Sept. 9 in Indiana and in Fulton, MS on Sept. 22-24 for the Small Town Throw Down.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.