Solo country artist Daniel Smith (not to be confused with another Daniel Smith, frontman for contemporary Christian indie/gospel group Danielson) was born in Taylor Mill, Kentucky just a stones throw from the thriving Cincinnati music scene. He learned to play guitar as a youngster, emulating the sounds of Eddy Arnold and Conway Twitty, but gravitated towards more of a rock-oriented sound in high school.He formed a rock band called No Exit in college, backed by members of his fraternity. Fronted by the charismatic, six-foot-five Smith, No Exit became a popular act in the Cincinnati club scene, but the band dissolved after college. Daniel soon found work in the construction business purchasing and refurbishing houses throughout Ohio and Kentucky. While working as a do-it-yourself contractor, Smith picked up the guitar again and began recording songs himself, forgoing his collegiate rock sensibilities in favor of a more relaxed country sound. Daniel didn't know what to do with his recordings at first; initially, he just mailed the demos away to record labels throughout Nashville, Tennessee, the epicenter of the American country music scene. Somewhat surprised he didn't get a response, he began taking trips to Nashville in the early 2000's to familiarize himself with the recording business and make connections in the city. In summer 2002, Daniel took a leap of faith and moved to Nashville to pursue a recording career full-time. His years of research and hard work paid off in 2003. Smith was recording recording his first single "Thank You: Tribute to the American Soldier" at the Parlor Recording Studio, owned by industry veteran Sheridan Ruddy. Smith and Ruddy struck up a conversation; impressed by his passion and potential, Ruddy offered Daniel a recording contract. With the help of Ruddy, Daniel released his first album American Made on Parlor Records in 2005. Standout tracks from the album include the candid "What U See is What U Get" and soulful track "I'm Going Home".
There are at least two artists by this name: 1. Daniel Smith is a post-modern musician under the IAM independent label. His music is a mix of the Semantic Web and User Interfaces in the domain of combining heterogeneous data sources. As one of the original lead composers of the mSpace framework, Daniel has experience in creating new Semantic Web Interfaces. Daniel has also created the mSpace API to combine the metadata from multiple research dissemination systems, using the EPrints Institutional Archive software and mSpace.
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