Artist - Ernest
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When you hear Ernest's mellow, honeyed vocals, it's hard to believe that he started off his musical career as a rapper. On his 2021 smash hit, ‘Flower Shops’, he has his boots planted firmly in classic country terra firma - but to get there, it’s safe to say that Ernest eschewed the traditional pathway in favour of the scenic route.

The stylistic influences that have shaped Ernest’s chart-topping sound are hugely varied, and they emerge like easter eggs hidden amidst the steel guitars and layered drawl. From his moody, EDM collaboration with Diplo, ‘Bottle’s Bout Dead’, to the retro, Hailey Whitters-assisted tribute to Dolly and Kenny, ‘Islands in the Stream’, Ernest regularly showcases his diverse musical palette.

Ernest’s creative dexterity is clearest when examining his illustrious songwriting track record, having penned hits for a range of country stars. These include Florida Georgia Line (‘I Love My Country’), Sam Hunt (‘Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s’), Kane Brown (‘One Mississippi’, ‘Memory’), Thomas Rhett (‘Church Boots’, ‘Paradise’), Chris Lane (‘Big, Big Plans’) and Jelly Roll (‘Son Of A Sinner’).

Ernest has been particularly prolific when writing for his good buddy, Morgan Wallen, having helped to create ‘You Proof’, ‘More Than My Hometown’, ‘Dangerous’, ‘Broadway Girls’ and numerous other hits. With HARDY, the hugely popular trio are considered by many to be the tastemakers of today’s country music scene.

His first solo project, 2019’s Locals Only, was a romantic, beachside getaway, with the tropical setting reflecting the paradisal relationship that Ernest celebrates on the record. Highlights such as ‘I Think I Love You’, ‘Sugar’ and ‘All We Need’ helped to build a burgeoning following for the Nashville native.

While some suspected that Ernest would double down on this Buffettian, Gulf and Western sound, at the end of 2021 he shifted gears and dropped his biggest hit to date, ‘Flower Shops’. The Morgan Wallen collaboration felt like the kind of song George Jones would record if he was part of today’s generation of artists, and it marked a clear departure from the idyllic shores of Locals Only. ‘Flower Shops’ went Platinum in November 2022.

The project that soon followed, Flower Shops: The Album, built out this troubled, heartbroken persona, spawning fan-favourites such as ‘Comfortable When I’m Crazy’, ‘Feet Wanna Run’ and ‘What It’s Come To’.

In December 2022, Ernest confirmed that he would be releasing two new singles, ‘Miss That Girl’ and ‘Unhang The Moon’.

  • Full name: Ernest Keith Smith
  • Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Genre: Country
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BREAKINGErnest Shares Acoustic Version of ‘Miss That Girl’

By Maxim Mower, February 2, 2023

The singer-songwriter performs the track in his latest Salvage Sessions video.

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BREAKINGHARDY, Ernest, Parker McCollum and More Unveiled for Night in the Country Nevada 2023

By Maxim Mower, January 25, 2023

A range of high-profile artists, such as 49 Winchester, The Steel Woods and Ian Munsick, are also set to perform in July.

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BREAKINGHARDY Says Collaboration with Morgan Wallen and Ernest "Will Happen"

By Maxim Mower, December 6, 2022

Speaking to Holler, the songsmith behind ‘wait in the truck’ admitted he was surprised the trio hadn't yet released a song together.

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BREAKINGErnest Shares Latest Salvage Sessions Video For ‘Feet Wanna Run’

By Maxim Mower, January 18, 2023

The Nashville singer-songwriter is currently gearing up to release a deluxe version of Flower Shops, entitled Two Dozen Roses.

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BREAKINGMegan Moroney, Ernest and More Included in Spotify's 2023 Country Artists to Watch

By Maxim Mower, January 13, 2023

The streaming giant unveiled the list of artists as part of its Hot Country playlist.

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BREAKINGErnest Unveils New Publishing Division, ‘Ern's Cadillac Music’

By Maxim Mower, January 9, 2023

The new venture has announced Chandler Walters, Cody Lohden and Rafe Tenpenny as its first signings.

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BREAKINGLuke Combs, Zach Bryan, HARDY and Ernest Make MusicRow's Top 10 Songwriters of 2022

By Maxim Mower, January 6, 2023

Ashley Gorley, who co-wrote tracks such as Cole Swindell's ‘She Had Me At Heads Carolina’ and Morgan Wallen's ‘You Proof’, took the No. 1 spot.

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BREAKINGErnest Releases New Salvage Sessions Video for ‘Songs We Used To Sing’

By Maxim Mower, January 4, 2023

The acoustic rendition follows on from Ernest's Salvage Sessions version of ‘Comfortable When I'm Crazy’, which he released in December.

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Ernest Shares Touching Cover of Shenandoah's ‘The Moon Over Georgia’

By Maxim Mower, January 3, 2023

The Tennessee artist offered his rendition of the country classic just a day after covering Merle Haggard's ‘The Way Love Goes’.

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Ernest Covers Merle Haggard's ‘That's The Way Love Goes’

By Maxim Mower, January 3, 2023

The ‘Flower Shops’ hitmaker posted a video of him performing the romantic ballad while on vacation.

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Ernest Announces Deluxe Version of Flower Shops and Drops Three New Songs

By Maxim Mower, December 16, 2022

The deluxe album will feature 24 songs and is set to be released on February 10th 2023

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ALBUM REVIEWErnest - Flower Shops

By Maxim Mower, November 13, 2022

Beneath the misty haze of the bars, pills and heartbreak that Flower Shops documents, Ernest is still the same old starry-eyed romantic he's always been.

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Ernest Drops New Acoustic Video for ‘Comfortable When I'm Crazy’

By Maxim Mower, December 9, 2022

The track, which originally featured on the singer-songwriter's Flower Shops album, is given an acoustic revamp.

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Ernest Announces Two New Singles, ‘Miss That Girl’ and ‘Unhang The Moon’

By Maxim Mower, December 12, 2022

The new songs are set to be released on Friday 16th December.