Smith sings and rings in the New Year


By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Photo courtesy of Donna Gray Smith at Rupp Arena where he sang the National Anthem at the UK basketball game.


Less than a week into the New Year, Harlan native and The Voice Season 9 winner Jordan Smith has already started 2016 off with a bang.

From ringing in the New Year with a ring for his girlfriend, to performing the National Anthem at the 2016 NHL Winter Classic, Smith is gearing up for a great year.

On New Year’s night, Smith posted on his Facebook page that he was “RINGING” in the new year with his future wife. The post also had a photo of Smith and his girlfriend of three years, Kristen Denny, showing off the engagement ring and the caption ‘She said YES!’

Earlier in the day, Smith had started his New Year off by singing the National Anthem at the 2016 NHL Winter Classic. The event took place in Boston, Massachusetts and was televised live on NBC. Fans can also watch the performance on YouTube.

The next day, Smith was back in his home state singing the National Anthem at the UK basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Smith announced the performances on his Facebook page several days in advance, calling the performance at the NHL Winter Classic ‘a huge opportunity’ and the performance at Rupp Arena as ‘another dream come true’ saying he had always been a huge Cats fan.

Smith closed out a great year in 2015 by becoming The Voice Season 9 winner. The win came after weeks of show stopping performances on the hit reality show and repeated Top 100 singles on the iTunes charts. Smith’s songs even beat out national singing sensation Adele’s current single, Hello, for the top spot on the charts. The Kentucky crooner has garnered millions of YouTube views as fans continue to watch and re-watch his performances on the show.

Immediately after being announced the winner, Smith began making the rounds on television talk shows. A CD of his performances on the show made it to shelves at Walmart’s throughout the country just in time for the holidays.

Smith has yet to announce when a new CD of his music will be released but has said he cannot wait to get in the studio.

To continue to follow his journey, like Smith’s Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews

Photo courtesy of Donna Gray Smith at Rupp Arena where he sang the National Anthem at the UK basketball game.
http://harlandaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_JordanSmith.jpgPhoto courtesy of Donna Gray Smith at Rupp Arena where he sang the National Anthem at the UK basketball game.

By Reina P. Cunningham

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