Happy Birthday to One of Nashville’s Finest Treasures, Caitlyn Smith!

If you haven’t heard of Caitlyn Smith, we urge you to stop what you are doing and click play on the video below. We guarantee that you will be instantly enamored by her singing and songwriting skills.

The Minnesota born and raised country music singer, who is celebrating her birthday today, is like no other — and that’s exactly why we love her so much. She has written acclaimed songs for artists like Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Cassadee Pope, John Legend and Meghan Trainor. She is also currently out on the road with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as they continue their Soul2Soul Tour.

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I first met Smith in 2014 when she performed as part of a songwriters’ round in the Bahamas, and she blew me away when she sang as song she wrote that would soon be appearing on the legendary Garth Brooks’ new album. The song was “Tacoma” and it remains one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard, to date.

Since meeting Smith, getting to watch the passionate musician pour herself into her masterpieces, and shaking her hand in gratitude for all that she brings to the music world, she has signed a record deal with Shane McAnally’s Monument Records. She has also released an album, headlined her own tour, and deservedly worked her way onto the radar’s of country music fans and radio.

Today, we join Caitlyn Smith in celebrating her years on earth and rejoice in knowing that on this date, we were blessed with one of Music City‘s unsung musical heroes.

Watch Caitlyn Smith’s music video for her song, “Tacoma,” which was also covered by Brooks on his Man Against Machine album.