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SUMNER — Local country music artist, Aaron Smith, is performing at the Hawkeye Fun Days Celebration for the third year in a row. He takes the stage on Friday evening after the crowning of Miss Hawkeye.

Performing live for the past 19 years, now at age 37, he prides himself in writing and performing his own music.

“I just love the feeling of getting lost in the music and in that moment,” said Smith about what he finds most enjoyable about performing. “Nothing else matters.”

Having opened for Easton Corbin at the Fayette County Fair and Lee Brice at the Naperville’s Ribfest are just two of his memorable venues.

“My love for music started in church from singing with my family on Sunday mornings,” Smith said, “but was really permanently instilled by my music teachers throughout elementary and high school.

“I’ve never tried to model my music after anyone specifically. I’m influenced by so many different types of artists and sounds that I hope my sound comes out as something that is my own.”

Smith’s first CD was “Miles-EP.” It was released in April of 2016. He released a single “Baptized in Black Dirt” in 2018, which is about his love for farming and the aspects of a small town in the Midwest.

“I hope to continue writing and recording new material and performing across Northeast Iowa,” he said.

The song is included in his second CD “Goodbye Chicago,” released on May 24.

“My newest project is a full band album,” said Smith. “It was recorded by my good friend and producer Alexander Webb at Studio 516 in Waxahachie, Texas. I’m extremely proud of the work we did on this album, and I truly believe it rivals anything that is in country radio today.”

Smith and his wife, Ashley, keep busy farming, promoting his music and enjoy traveling.

“I’m excited to be a part of Hawkeye Fun Days for the third year in a row,” Smith said. “It is such a great opportunity to entertain and meet people in this neighboring community.

Smith’s music can be found wherever digital music is sold or at his shows and www.aaronsmithofficial.com.

A video for his “Baptized in Black Dirt” can be found on his Facebook Page or YouTube.