Since 1993 Jerry Smith has been committed to developing new musical talent and giving artists and writers a platform and a creative environment to grow in.
1993 was a good year for Jerry Smith. Not only did he discover and sign platinum-selling country artists Terri Clark (Mercury Records), Rhett Akins (Decca Records), 2014 BMI Songwriter of the Year, and Lonestar (RCA)(John Rich)(The Apprentice, Big & Rich), Smith also landed a joint venture publishing deal with Sony ATV and created his first company Firehall Music.
In 1995 after a successful run in publishing and artist development, Firehall Music was acquired by Warner Chappell and a new venture, Smith Haven Music (BMI), was formed. From 1995 to 2002, Smith Haven discovered and signed Ashley Monroe, writer Josh Osborne (2012 – #1 Kenny Chesney), rocker Craig Gore, country group Yankee Grey (Monument), Jeff Bates (RCA), Ford Turrell and beloved indie rocker Will Hoge (Atlantic Records).
Smith discovered and co-produced with (Paul Worley) Kelleigh Bannen on EMI Nashville and signed hit songwriter Troy Johnson (Keith Urban, James Taylor, Thompson Square ) and alternative pop singer/ songwriter Hail Luna aka (Gina Nicole Barkaszi). Currently, Smith is developing pop duo THAT2.
In 2013, Smith started Chapter 5 Records and Chapter 5 Music Publishing BMI, a DIY record label and home for the following Artists: