1. 615 Spotlight: Joanna Smith 'Friends' You

    October 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Joanna Smith says growing up in a rural swath of South Georgia was the perfect place to fall in love with music. "There's not much else to do," she tells Billboard with a laugh. "Where I grew up was so rural, it took me about thirty minutes to get to a McDonalds. The town…

  2. Bubbling Under: Kathy Griffin Sings It With 'I'll Say It' on Dance/Club Play Songs

    September 28, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kathy Griffin, Benjamin Gibbard, Joanna Smith and the Gaslamp Killer. Kathy Griffin Two-time Emmy Award-winning comedian/actress…

  3. Kellie Pickler Performs New Songs to Close Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 08, 2011 1:39 PM EDT The two-day Billboard Country Music Summit, held in Nashville this week, ended with a rousing performance by Kellie Pickler at Tuesday evening's closing reception, which was hosted by Sony Music Nashville. The Renaissance Hotel ballroom that had hosted a series of roundtables the night…

  4. Joanna Smith: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 10:37 AM EST Joanna Smith Genre: Country With its playful spirit and thoughtful observations on rural life, Georgia-born singer/songwriter Joanna Smith's music evokes both Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. Produced by Jimmy Ritchey (Vince Gill, Randy Owen) and Phillip White (Rascal Flatts, Reba…