Conner Smith, a 22-year-old country singer, gained fame as a songwriter in Nashville at the age of 16. However, it wasn't until late 2021 that he broke out as an artist with his viral song "I Hate Alabama." While Smith didn't write the song, he recognized its potential and made it his own. In a recent interview, Smith admits that there can be a downside to a song going viral, as the label expects subsequent songs to have the same success. He acknowledges that social media platforms like TikTok can be useful for connecting with fans and sharing music, but he prefers to focus on writing and performing country songs rather than being consumed by social media. Smith's old soul mentality sets him apart from other young artists in the industry. His debut album, "Smoky Mountains," was released on January 26, 2022.