Life and Career
1989-1996 Early Life
Ellie Smith is an American singer/songwriter born on October 31st, 1989. She began singing at the early age of 1. As a young child she supported her family by performing in local dive bars across Nashville, Tennessee. By the time she was 6 years old she could play over 10 musical instruments including the guitar, piano, symbols, and a recorder. When she was 7 years old she was discovered by hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre after he saw her perform a cover of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” at the Santa Clara County fair in July of 1995. He immediately signed her to his record label Universal Music Group. During a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Dr. Dre said, “As soon as I heard her sing through the first verse I knew she was going to be bigger than life.”
1997-2007 Musical Career
In the summer of ’97 Smith’s debut album, “Fearless” reached number 1 on Billboard’s top 100. Her album quickly sold over 10 million albums it’s first week. Her second album, “Redeemed” did even better. In October of 2002 her album sold over 15 million albums its first day, making Ellie the most selling artist in history. She really was the “American Queen”.
2011 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame
After selling 450 million records world-wide, Ellie Smith was finally recognized by the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame board of trustees. At the age of 21, fourteen years after being discovered by Dr. Dre, Ellie would be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. She would be the youngest inductee the organization ever had.
2018 Present Life
In 2018 Ellie Smith retired from singing. She resides in a small town near Boston, Massachusetts where she continues to ghost write for numerous artists.