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Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers Release Dual Singles As Smith & Myers

Duo’s First Full-Length Record Smith & Myers Vol. 1 Out October 9th Via Atlantic Records

It’s no secret that Brent Smith and Zach Myers share a special bond both in the studio and on the stage not only as musicians and bandmates but as friends. That bond has brought forth incredible music that is both heartfelt and passionate with soaring vocals and melodies that stick with you. The multi-platinum duo has released two new songs as well as a music video in advance of the October release of Smith & Myers Vol. 1 which is coming out this October 8th on Atlantic Records. 

“Not Mad Enough” is an intense cry for justice following the death of George Floyd, an urgent plea layered over an acoustic guitar. The song is paired with a version of the timeless Neil  Young classic “Rockin’ In The Free World,” done as only Smith & Myers could. The eloquence and beauty of the music are palpable in the simplicity of what they do. Sometimes less is more and in the case of Smith & Myers, a lone guitar and a vocal can do more than a full out production. 

Smith & Myers Volume 1 is available for pre-order now HERE and features five original tunes and five re-imaginings of fan-submitted songs including Post Malone’s “Better Now,” INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart,” Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” and The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” (full track listing below).

“We’ve spent a great deal of time and energy making sure this project is completely authentic. The main reason Smith & Myers exists has to do with the fans. A project that was born from multiple requests over the years has now evolved into its true identity. Make no mistake – it’s about the songs, it’s about the story, and above all it’s about the message,” says Brent Smith

“It was an odd time to make a record at the beginning of a global pandemic, but the state of the world is reflected in the art we made on this album. It was some of the most creative times I’ve ever had as a musician or a songwriter. For the covers, we felt that we should approach them as a duo as if we had written the song modern day. With the originals, Brent and I had never discussed some of this subject matter before and we dug so deep while also touching on a world that’s rapidly changing around us the last eight months. We felt it would be disingenuous not to touch on social issues we ALL face as humans. We put a lot into this album and we truly hope you enjoy listening to it,” says Zach Myers

Smith & Myers Volume 1 is available for pre-order now HERE and features five original tunes and five re-imaginings of fan-submitted songs including Post Malone’s “Better Now,” INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart,” Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” and The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” (full track listing below).
“We’ve spent a great deal of time and energy making sure this project is completely authentic. The main reason Smith & Myers exists has to do with the fans. A project that was born from multiple requests over the years has now evolved into its true identity. Make no mistake – it’s about the songs, it’s about the story, and above all it’s about the message,” says Brent Smith
“It was an odd time to make a record at the beginning of a global pandemic, but the state of the world is reflected in the art we made on this album. It was some of the most creative times I’ve ever had as a musician or a songwriter. For the covers, we felt that we should approach them as a duo as if we had written the song modern day. With the originals, Brent and I had never discussed some of this subject matter before and we dug so deep while also touching on a world that’s rapidly changing around us the last eight months. We felt it would be disingenuous not to touch on social issues we ALL face as humans. We put a lot into this album and we truly hope you enjoy listening to it,” says Zach Myers
https://youtu.be/6cubMQDxn4Y
With two hearts and one truth, lifelong musicians, longstanding friends, and eternal brothers Brent Smith and Zach Myers put forth a body of work encompassing vulnerability, fearlessness, honesty, outrage, love and understanding. Smith & Myers Volume 1, produced by GRAMMY Award-winner and longtime collaborator Dave Bassett, is the duo’s first full-length album and first original music since releasing a pair of acoustic cover EPs, Acoustic Sessions, Part 1  and Acoustic Sessions, Part 2, in 2014when fans first fell in the love with the magic that is created between Brent and Zach in the studio and on stage, leading to Smith & Myers live shows that instantly sold out. With no boundaries on what their songwriting could discuss on the new album, Brent and Zach explore everything from certain personal topics that they have left largely unexplored until now, to commentary on children being ripped from their parents at the border, to the reactive nature of social media, to our national reckoning with racial and systemic injustice- focusing not on politics, but on right and wrong and our connection as human beings.
Smith & Myers will bring their powerful live duo show to a string of drive-in locations around Pennsylvania including Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park Parking Lot on September 3rd, Scranton’s Circle Drive-In on September 18th, and Butler’s Starlight Drive-In on September 19th. For tickets and more information, please PRESS HERE.  Smith & Myers illuminates the depth of Brent and Zach as a duo and showcases a very different yet just as intriguing musical side of these two versatile artists. As one-half of the multiplatinum band Shinedown, Brent and Zach can often be found topping the rock charts, earning mainstream recognition, and playing to sold-out arenas around the globe with 10 million albums and 10 million singles sold worldwide, 14 platinum and gold singles, five platinum and gold albums, more than 2.7 billion streams and 16 number one rock hits (breaking the record this week for the most ever #1s in the 39-year history of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs Chart with their single “Atlas Falls”). Shinedown‘s 2018 album ATTENTION ATTENTION (Atlantic Records) landed them on Live with Kelly & Ryan, garnered four iHeart Radio Music Award nominations, and earned them an invitation to 92Y’s prestigious talk series 92Y Talks in NYC. Most recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shinedown raised more than $300,000 by making available a T-shirt and song bundle featuring a single from their vault Atlas Falls, with all proceeds going to humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief – one of the largest providers of humanitarian medical resources in the world that is working to provide personal protective equipment to frontline health workers and essential medications and supplies for patients. “Atlas Falls” is currently #1 at Active Rock radio and has amassed more than 6 million streams.

Smith & Myers Track Listing:
1. Not Mad Enough
2. Rockin’ In The Free World
3. The Weight of It All
4. Better Now
5. Panic
6. Never Tear Us Apart
7. Coast To Coast
8. Valerie
9. Since You Were Mine
10. Unchained Melody

UPCOMING SMITH & MYERS LIVE SHOWS
September 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park Parking Lot
September 18 – Scranton, PA @ Circle Drive-In
September 19 – Butler, PA @ Starlight Drive-In

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