Singer / Songwriter
Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
Feat: Pete Denahy
"The first thing that strikes you about Brendan Smoother is he is quiet and unassuming with a deep sense of purpose in life and in music. His songs are genuine, heartfelt and beautifully crafted, taking you on journey. Whether it be the stories of the people from the bush or those of us doing it tough, Brendan has a way of getting to the heart of things" – Tracy Coster
COMBINING heartfelt songwriting and an eye for a story, Brendan Smoother prides himself on songs that count for something. He first picked up a borrowed guitar when he was 15 years old from a friend who showed him a few basic chords. Soon after, John Williamson’s Mallee Boy album would firmly set his course towards country. Then at age 17 Brendan began guitar lessons with Matt Scullion as they were living in the same South Coast town of Ulladulla.
The singer-songwriter embraced his career as a paramedic and it was through a posting to a quiet rural town that he began performing in public, after resuscitating the Gundagai Country Music Club. This led to performing on the country music club circuit between Tumut and Cootamundra and music became a major part of his life.
After moving to Lismore in 1998, the singer-songwriter became involved in the vibrant music scene there and recorded a two-track single with late producer Anthony Lycenko. Country radio embraced the single, there was a finalist nomination at the TIARA’s and two North Coast Entertainment Industry – Dolphin Award wins. Music then took a backseat to family life for over a decade as Brendan and his wife welcomed children.
It was not until 2012 that music resurfaced in Brendan’s life when, long lonely car journeys had him taking down song ideas on his smartphone.
“I knew it was time to get back to music. I needed that creative outlet and the songs were flowing once again,” he said.
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The first song recorded on his return was the poignant Paramedic Suicide which Brendan wrote spontaneously, prompted by the high rate of suicides and depression among emergency services personnel. To date the associated music video has had over 26 thousand views on YouTube alone.
The songs continued to pour out, with many touching on subjects related to his work as a paramedic and an EP release was the result of that.
But not to be confined to any one subject or sub-genre, Brendan’s writing and recordings cover many styles from alt country, bush ballad, traditional, country rock and even a bluegrass track recorded in Nashville for his forthcoming debut album. A songwriter at heart, Brendan’s music fits nicely under the broad umbrella of country music.
“Music is such a huge part of my life and I work at it all the time. I’m primarily a songwriter, so I would love people to hear my songs on the biggest platforms possible and my vehicle to get them out there is to perform them myself.” he said.
As well as Paramedic Suicide, Brendan has enjoyed top ten charting successes with the songs Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, a duet with multi-Golden Guitar winner Pete Denahy and Behind the Seen, which won the 2017 Dolphin Award in the Country section. He won the Tamworth Songwriters Association Salute Award for Contemporary Country Ballad for Warning Signs and a high achieving fourth place at the Australian Songwriters Association Awards for Stretcher Bearer, both in 2016.
Brendan is currently shortlisted in three categories of the Australian Songwriters Association Awards this year, and was a finalist in the Rising Star section of the Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards in 2015 for Stretcher Bearer.
The singer-songwriter is working with Michael Carpenter and Rob Mackay on a new album which will be launched during the first half of 2018