Savannah Smith only needs thirty seconds of your time to win you over. In a world filled to its brim with would-be young singer-songwriters, Savannah’s vocal prowess, and her absolute mastery of crafting raw and gritty emotion into beautiful melodies, defines her from the crowd in moments. Her stage show all her own; Savannah introduces her music with an irresistible charm, ushering the listener into her world with casual ease before effusing desperate and earnest emotion in each song. Her lyrics darken the bright chords and create a depth in her music that reaches far beyond her years.
Savannah never intended to be a songwriter or musician. Though always fond of singing, she only began to write music after a friend purchased her a ukulele. The uke soon became an avenue of deep expression through songwriting. After posting “Ventriloquism” on Youtube, Savannah immediately began to gain attention for her work. After the release of her 2011 Debut EP, Leaving Eau Claire, Savannah began touring the country.
Now, twenty-three, Savannah has showcased her music all over with appearances at The CMJ Music Marathon, SXSW, Daytrotter, Midwest Music Fest, The UMS, Rock The Vine, and The Minnesota State Fair, Summerfest, the Basilica Block Party as well as many other festivals, television, and radio appearances. 2013 is gearing up to be her busiest year yet with plans for a live album as well as a full length studio album and dates at this year’s SXSW, CMJ and several summer festivals in her native Midwest.
Savannah Smith has this way of reminding you about places that you've never been before. They are homes that you've never called home before. They are places that are so familiar to you that you'd swear that you knew them, that you could still smell them, that you could still recall all that laughter and all those sobs that you poured out within those walls - all still trapped there, absorbed into the wallpaper. There was that leaky faucet that no one could ever get to stop leaking. There was that draft that tore through the living room for three months every winter. There was that creaky step - the fourth one from the top - that you remember hitting every single fucking time you were trying to sneak into bed quietly. You know these places, almost feeling that you built them yourself, but there were people who lived in them before you did, even if you never lived in them. They are hauntingly reminiscent of something that's tough to grasp, but you're not afraid of what it makes you feel.
You find comfort in the way that Smith and her ukulele work on your emotions, in measured amounts, though it feels like it hits you all at once. These are the stories that she could keep to herself, but she's unable to hold them back. They're personal and they're relatable - so much so that you start to wonder if you might have caused any of them. Were you the reason? Of course you weren't the reason, but you're feeling the loneliness, those lost feelings just as much as she is. You're unsure where you stand. She sings, "You lose yourself and the blood thickens," and this is where you feel that she's working through some serious questions. She sings to you as if there's a bottomless pot of coffee and a vat of chicken noodle soup in the kitchen. You and her, forever intertwined, will work through this. - Sean Moller, Daytrotter
A series of YouTube videos, each one more precious than the last, paint Minneapolis’ Savannah Smith as a ukulele-slinging Jack Johnson disciple—particularly in an adorable take on “Bitter Heart” by Zee Avi (who’s on Johnson’s Brushfire Records), aided by some smirking, unofficial sign language from her roommate. But the seriousness Smith shows when performing her own songs, like the punchy “Ventriloquism,” nicely balances her jazz-informed cooing and displays a talent for lyrical density that raises her simple melodies. -AV Club
At just 22, Smith is talented beyond her years and that at first listen is certainly obvious. Her tumblr, that place that is occasionally a respite for young girls to fawn over fake Marilyn Monroe quotes and block type over Instagram photos, is full of intelligence and awesome Loretta Lynn t-shirts that typically girls of her age do not appreciate nor wear. This is not a slight against the younger women of my generation but I think it’s fair to note that Smith has transcended what we too often view as a representation of what makes a girl a girl in this day and age. Smith is smart in her musical icons (and really folks, that matters more than most know or will admit), and as such, is a shining beacon in a land of manufactured pop icons shoved down our throats as if there are no intelligent options for those of us ladies that wish for beauty, thoughtfulness, and utter truth in our music. -Folk Hive