He began singing in choir at church as a child. He then later was named Poke Sallet Idol, a small town version of the popular series American Idol in Harlan, Kentucky.
His Christian singles "Hallelujah," "Mary Did You Know," and "Great is Thy Faithfulness" all topped out at #1 on the US Christian charts in 2015.
He was born in Whitley County, Kentucky to Kelley and Geri Smith. In June 2016, he married his longtime girlfriend Kristen Denny.