Stephanie Smith sings love out of abandonment
Being a role model is harder then actually finding one. Newly popular artist Stephanie Smith is in a role model's seat to inspire her generation through music and actions. Smith's music mirrors a life of experience that many teens face in abandonment, loss and looking for a place in this world.
Smith's voice can easily be described as a cross between Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani, but the message and power behind each song is all Stephanie Smith. She is now releasing her third project, "I Celebrate The Day."
From the first rock chord or bellowing scream, you feel the emotion and pain she's faced. Her music provides a raw emotion that proves life is healable, even when we can barely stand to take one more breath.
Like most of us, falling from pride was what led Smith to find her true calling in life: Making music but on God's terms.
She says the first time she pursued music, "her hands were on it." But the second time, she says, "My hands were off, which gave God the freedom to really blow my mind. He is definitely authoring this story."
Seeing as Smith's parents broke up when she was only 6 months old, "First Words" is just one of many songs that she's written about feelings pertaining to the absence of a father in her life. This tune, in particular, describes the emotion of meeting him for the first time at the age of 14.
Outside the music, Smith is doing things to impact her home and abroad. Her ministry, "Soles4Soles," is a Nashville-based non-profit that donates shoes to the hurting worldwide. She has also written a book, "Crossroads: The Teenage Girl's Guide to Emotional Wounds." This tells her story of the struggles she has faced and the truth she has come to realize in that, "In all of our trials, tribulations, heartaches, and brokenness, God is there."
This ministry, this music, Smith says, is totally God's.
"I'm just along for the ride," she says.