Recently Jordan Smith captured the attention of millions with his gifted voice on The Voice (NBC television show) when he sang the Christian hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness." The song has been released as a single and it has topped the Christian charts on Billboard and iTunes.
In an interview with DeepestDream.com, Smith talks about the importance of his Christian faith: "My faith is the thing that gives me strength and that I find joy in. At the end of the day with my problems and concerns, I can turn to God and I can have peace in my situation. That's been the main thing that's carried me through this. My relationship with God has kept me grounded and has been my foundation through all of it."
Smith's talent for singing started at a young age. His parents, Kelley and Geri Smith, are both musicians, and his Aunt Amy Cottrell is also an accomplished musician who was extremely influential for Smith. He started singing and playing drums at church, House of Mercy in Wallins Creek, at an early age.
He describes his parents as being musically inclined and says that some of his fondest memories are of them harmonizing together and singing all the time. When Smith was in middle school, his grandfather told him about a concert featuring Lee Singers. Growing up, Smith participated in a choir, led by director Jeanne Anne Lee, from fifth grade until his high school graduation.
"This platform has opened so many doors for me and has allowed me so many opportunities to make music in lots of different ways," said Smith. "At this time, I'm just waiting prayerfully and doing my best. Whatever happens, I know I will continue to make music and lead worship wherever I go. While my future is unsure at this moment, I know who holds the future, and I will continue to move and trust in God's plan for me."
Smith also speaks of his experience on "The Voice:" "On the show, they really highlighted the fact that I don't look like I sound, which is OK with me, because that's the message that I want to get across, that it's OK to be different than people expect you to be and not fit the mold," Smith says. "We live in a world that is hurting, where people disagree over things that don't matter and things that are on the outside.
"There are a lot of people struggling with who they are and finding acceptance. I am only secure in who I am because I know my identity lies in Christ and in my faith. While it took me a long time to accept that, I am very secure in that now.
"I want other people to be able to find security in knowing they can accept themselves, and they can break the mold and be different, and that your success can be measured in the joy that you have in who you are."