Even As A Tiny Little Leaguer, Conner Smith Knew He Wanted To Be A Songwriter

Most young baseball players dream of playing in the big leagues, but not Conner Smith. When he was a little…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 20, 2022


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Conner Smith; Photo via Little League, Photo by Cooper Smith

Most young baseball players dream of playing in the big leagues, but not Conner Smith. When he was a little leaguer playing in the Little League World Series, Smith had his sights set on a different kind of dream: becoming a songwriter. 

In a video shared by Little League, a 12-year-old Smith is seen revealing what he wants to be when he grows up, and it wasn’t an MLB player.  

“I want to be a songwriter,” he said in the clip. 


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Now, less than 10 years later, Smith is living out his dream with the release of his debut EP, Didn’t Go Too Far

Out now via The Valory Music Co., the project features six tracks, five of which Smith had a hand in writing. The Tennessee native says the EP showcases all sides of who he is, both personally and professionally. 

“’Didn’t Go Too Far’ is a collection of songs that I hope shows people more of who I am – as a writer, an artist, and as a person,” explains Smith. “This group of songs feels like the right way to kick off an exciting 2022. I can’t wait to get this project into the world and get to play these songs live.”

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Among the featured tracks is Smith’s viral hit, “I Hate Alabama” and his radio single, “Learn From It.” 

Tapped as an Artist To Watch by Country Now and many others, there’s no doubt that Conner Smith is one of Nashville’s most promising new artists. 

Fans can catch him on the road with Ryan Hurd early this year. 

Conner Smith, Didn't Go Too Far
Conner Smith, Didn’t Go Too Far

1. “College Town” (Conner Smith)
2. “Learn From It” (Conner Smith, Daniel Ross)
3. “Didn’t Go Too Far” (Conner Smith, Matt Dragstrem, Matt Jenkins)
4. “Take It Slow” (Conner Smith, Ryan Hurd, Mark Trussell)
5. “I Hate Alabama” (Nick Columbia, Drew Green, Hunter Phelps, Lee Starr)
6. “Somewhere In A Small Town” (Conner Smith, Zach Crowell, Hunter Phelps)

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.