Friday, November 19, 2021 – Sony Music Nashville's latest signing, Nate Smith, released his new song "I Don't Wanna Go To Heaven" today.
Written by Smith and Daniel Fernandez, "I Don't Wanna Go To Heaven" went viral on TikTok after he first posted a clip of it in September. Since then, the song has amassed over 3.5 million views, 550,000 likes, and 30,000 fan video creations on the platform.
"I couldn't be more excited for this song to come out," Smith said. "I feel like it will reach people in many different ways, and at the end of the day that's all I really want.,"
Smith debuted the song "Raised Up" earlier this month.
A California native, former worship leader, Smith learned guitar at 13. Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley and Bob Seger were among those informing his musical tastes.
In 2018, he lost everything he owned in the devastating Camp Fire which tore through Paradise, Cal, now known as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history. Although his family was safe, he struggled to cope and turned to music, hoping that it would help comfort himself and others.
He went on a month-long road trip across the U.S. to Music City, writing music and playing dive bars along the way. Soon after his arrival to Nashville, Smith released his biggest song to date, "Wildfire," and landed a publishing deal with Sony ATV. Since then, he's released new music including "Sleeve" and "Under My Skin," which has amassed over 40 million on-demand streams to date.
Nate Smith has a wonderful, quivering voice. It's a voice often pushed to its limit, though, because so many of the songs feature pounding drums and roaring electric guitars. It's a whole lot of pounding and roaring because it – like many (too many?) contemporary country albums – is extra-long. The deluxe edition, in fact, sports 26 songs and clocks in at nearly an hour-and-a-half. All this loud music is just a bit much, though, by the time all's said and done. ...