Ian Smith

Recent Placements

Ian Smith CBC's Hello Goodbye
Ian Smith YTV's The Next Star
Ian Smith YTV's The Next Star

Artist Bio

Put a guitar in his hand and he’s ready to go.

Boasting an impressive and versatile collection of music spanning two decades, Ian Smith is a dynamo. Originally based out of Catherine North Studios in partnership with his mentor, the late Dan Achen (Broken Social Scene, City and Color) Ian now works out of Kitchener, Ontario. With a background in songwriting, production, arrangement and performance, he originally burst onto the music scene with his band, The Miniatures and later, also fronted popular Toronto band Spirits.

Ian’s home base is currently his Whitehouse Recording Studio about an hour outside of Toronto. “It’s not like I work in solitude”, Ian said in a recent conversation. “I’ve just found my comfort zone; to work with great artists in a true, creative environment.” And as much as he enjoys his current home base, finding himself in a new environment when travelling does not hinder him. His studio travels with him wherever he goes.

He has recently held the position of producer and songwriter on YTV’s The Next Star, and completed two songs with New York based producer Frequency (producer of Eminem’s The Monster). Domestically he recently co-wrote with Casey Marshall and Big Wreck front man and solo artist Ian Thornley. He has also collaborated with multi-platinum, and award winning pop producer Rob Wells (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande) and is producing Samantha Watt’s upcoming album, which has been mixed by Brian Malouf in Los Angeles.

Ian has traveled extensively in Europe, most recently co-writing a top 10 single for Universal Music Spain’s Paula Rojo. He has also recently programmed the single for Warner’s Eva Ruiz, winner of The Voice Kids, a wildly successful program in Spain.

Having just finished an EP for pop starlet Chiara Young, he has recently collaborated with 7 time Juno Nominee Lisa Dal Bello, Elements Music's rising star Emelie Sederholm in Finland and is writing and producing an EP for American Idol finalist, Casey Abrams.

His writing resume is impressive, having collaborated with the likes of Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas, Britney Spears), Scott Shields (Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros), and Ash Koley.
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Alex Zaichkowski
Album: YTV's The Next Star - Season 6
Genre: Pop, Rock, NuRock
Mood: Energetic, Teen
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Alicia Moffet
Album: YTV's The Next Star - Season 6
Genre: Female Pop, Pop, Dance, Urban, HipHop
Mood: Fun, Teen, Upbeat
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Christen Latham
Album: Christen Latham
Genre: Acoustic, Indie
Mood: Calm, Dreamy, Laid Back, Loving, Melancholic, Romantic
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Christen Latham
Album: Christen Latham
Genre: Acoustic, Alternative, Indie
Mood: Ballad, Calm, Dreamy, Emotional, Melancholic, Mellow
Instrumental: Yes
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