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Dallas Smith: my favourite country jam

Caroline Szwed

Dallas Smith began his musical career as the frontman for a rock band, and has since successfully transitioned into a country solo artist.

In 1999, the singer-songwriter was the lead vocalist for multi-platinum alt-rock band Default, which has sold more than a million records — most famously known for the single “Wasting My Time." Thirteen years later, Smith signed to 604 Records/Universal Music Canada and released his solo debut country album, Jumped Right In. The album earned him a 2013 Juno nomination for country album of the year and sold more than 100,000 digital singles since its release.

In addition to the Juno nod, Smith was nominated for male artist of the year, single of the year and album of the year at the 2013 CCMA Awards. The next year, he released Lifted, which later won the 2015 Juno CCMA awards for album of the year. Smith most recently released his album Side Effects, which sees Smith (again) nominated for a 2017 CCMA Award for album of the year. He's also nominated for the Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award, male artist of the year and single of the year.

Smith names one Canadian country song in particular that made him fall in love with country radio. Watch below and find out what it is.

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