Bryan Elijah Smith, an award-winning singer-songwriter and producer based in Dayton, Va. will appear in concert at 8 p.m. June 12 at the Roasting Room Lounge, 1297 May River Road in Bluffton.
Smith’s innate songwriting ability and haunting voice is said to leave listeners with “a sense of timeless nostalgia.” With more than 1,000 songs penned and 11 independent releases since 2009, Smith is creating a self-produced legacy that began with his first song at the age of 18.
Aside from touring the United States for well over a decade, Smith has also toured internationally in both Australia and Honduras. Crossing a wide array of genres, what gets produced has been compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen to Kings of Leon to Gregory Alan Isakov.
Smith recently won second place honors in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (CASC) at MerleFest 2019, where the title track to his new album, “In Through The Dark,” was one of 12 songs chosen out of 970 national entries.
Smith has been a CASC finalist two years in a row (past finalists include Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt and Lera Lynn).
“In Through The Dark” won first place in the Unsigned Only 2019 international songwriting contest, where there were 6,000 entries from more than 100 countries. Judges included Aimee Mann, Robert Smith of The Cure, and Garth Hudson from The Band, among others.
“In Through The Dark” also appears in a new Netflix series titled “Virgin River.” which premiered December 2019. Subsequently the song was a 2020 Independent Music Awards nominee in the “Used In Film/TV” category.
Opening for Smith at the Roasting Room is Gia Ray, also a Virginia-based singer-songwriter. She recently recorded her debut album, “Bottom of the Barrel,” in a cabin off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.
Ray’s album is an eclectic mix of songs ranging from folk to rock to vintage country. To be released in June 2021, “Bottom of the Barrel” will be available on both vinyl and CD.
Tickets start at $15 and are available at roastingroomlounge.com.
Capacity at the venue is back to full house. Masks will be required for entry, then at individual discretion.
For more information about Smith, visit bryanelijahsmith.com. For more about Ray, visit TheGiaRay.com.
To contact the Roasting Room, call 843-368-4464.