Local rising star Kade Smith, 24, is a true Utahn and self proclaimed geek. He goes to the University of Utah, majoring in strategic communications, is part of the MUSS (the student section at the U) and can chat conversantly about football. He also has a voice that could melt butter.
Drawing inspiration from Adele, Sara Bareilles, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, his cool jazz and contemporary style makes his voice a perfect match for some of the Christmas classics.
Be prepared to hear this local star on the holiday stations, crooning such classics as “Baby, It's Cold Outside.” He is also going to be a part of the FM 100 Christmas Concert Series on Nov. 13 at noon with Kurt Bestor. Find out more about it here.
Recently, we were lucky to break Kade away from his music to answer these questions.
When did you realize that you could sing, and that people wanted to hear you?
"When I was 15, my neighbor was actually looking for my older brother to sing a song [for my church] and she asked me to sing since she couldn't find him. I was way too shy to offer, but when I did, she was like 'You're singing everything now! That was amazing!'"
Who is your biggest role model?
"My grandma, Carol. She's been through a ton. Raising seven kids as a widow on my grandfather's teacher's salary—she's always been a hard worker and she passed that down to my dad who passed it down to me."
What is your favorite singing memory?
"Once I auditioned for a show, and they were calling numbers of who was staying for the next round of auditions and I thought I had been cut and started walking away and they were like 'No, you're staying.' I did make it through all of the cuts and was offered a contract, and that was the moment that I realized I really could make something of this."
What was your most embarrassing moment?
"I'm a little bit of a klutz and I've forgotten lyrics before, but the biggest moment was when I was rehearsing for one of the shows I was in and it was my turn, and I completely spaced the lyrics and choreography so I was just standing there, and the director was like, 'Give me something!' Hopefully, that's the only embarrassing moment like that I'll have.
What do you like to do for fun in Utah when you aren't singing?
"I love the outdoors—snowboarding, hiking and running to name a few. I am also a geek though, so I like following technology releases as well as playing around with it."
What would be your dream collaboration?
"I don't know if our voices would mesh, but I would love to work with Adele. Her voice is incredible."
What direction do you want to go with your career? Is acting a thought?
"My singing is my passion. If acting came up, I wouldn't turn it down, but I would really like to pursue my singing to its full potential."
What's on your calendar right now?
"Well, there are several appearances, one at the Gateway. I've also been confirmed for a spot in the Christmas rotation from a top radio station. And my album is slated to be released on Nov. 20. So a lot of exciting things."