WATCH: Conner Smith Makes ‘TODAY’ Show Debut with ‘Learn From It’ Performance

Hot on the heels of the release of his debut EP, Didn’t Go Too Far, buzzed-about country newcomer and Country…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 27, 2022


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Hot on the heels of the release of his debut EP, Didn’t Go Too Far, buzzed-about country newcomer and Country Now Artist To Watch Conner Smith made his debut on NBC’s TODAY Show on Thursday (Jan. 27).

Appearing during TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, Smith reflected on his journey as an artist and songwriter before taking the stage to perform his debut single, “Learn From It.” 

Watch Conner Smith Perform “Learn From It” 

Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager sang Smith’s praises before playing a video of him as a 12-year-old playing in the Little League World Series where he shared his dreams of becoming a songwriter ahead of the big game. 

“It was wild to watch that with my screen next to it,” the 21-year-old admitted following the clip. “I just want to look at that kid and be like, ‘dude, you’re doing it.’”

Smith went on to call his early success a “such a blessing.”

“That video makes me smile every time,” he added. 

After the brief interview, Smith shared a pre-taped performance of “Learn From It.” 

The song is one of six tracks that appears on the country newcomer’s just-released EP. 

Smith wrote or co-wrote five of the songs and 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,” he previously explained. “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.”

Conner Smith is currently on the road with Ryan Hurd. Later this year, he’ll join Thomas Rhett on the 2022 Bring The Bar To You Tour

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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 and her work being featured on 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.