Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Myla Smith, Iggy Azalea, Anaysha Figueroa, Elizaveta
For four years after graduating from the University of Memphis (with a 4.0 GPA), pop singer/songwriter Myla Smith worked as a financial statement auditor. All along, however, her goal to be a musician beckoned. In 2006, while working 60 hours a week, she released her first album. After a second set and two EPs, Smith serves up "Hiding Places" (on Shake Rag Records, named after her Tennessee hometown) on Sept. 10, ushered in with lead single "Can't Say No." "I think it's probably the most complete expression of who I am as an artist," Smith says. "I tried hard to make every song one that people could connect with, which forced me to be really honest."