Greg Smith and The Broken English are a NYC-based folk-rock band led by Western Massachusetts native, Greg Daniel Smith. Drawn to music at an early age, Smith spent his formative years engrossed in the music of rock bands like Nirvana, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin, but it wasn’t until discovering the music of the now late Dave Carter that Smith found a deep appreciation for folk and country music and realized his calling as a songwriter.
Smith’s passion for performing led him to New York City where he penned the songs for the band’s debut album, “Times Like These,” which chronicles the hardships he encountered during his first couple of years as a city dweller–the guilt of leaving behind the family farm, adjusting to the hustle of life in the big city, and struggling to make ends meet without a college degree. Though many of Smith’s songs are based in personal experience, their themes speak to everyday folks from all walks of life. Eager to take his songs to another level, Smith gradually began recruiting musicians to back him up and Greg Smith and The Broken English was born. The band plays a heartfelt mix of folk, rock, country and, soul that has captured the attention of audiences and industry folks alike.
Notable achievements include winning the 2011 “Your Shot to Rock” competition hosted by NYC-based radio station 101.9 RXP; being nominated for Best Story Song in the 2010 Independent Music Awards; having their debut album, “Times Like These,” climb to the #1 spot on independent music site Amie Street in 2010; touring the East Coast and down to Austin; and performing at SXSW in 2011. The band is currently working on its third studio album, which is slated for release in 2012.
MESSAGE FROM THE BAND Before Occupy was even called “Occupy,” its message and spirit were already in our hearts and the driving force behind many of our songs. We are honored to have “Livin’ Like a Joker” featured on Music for Occupy’s first compilation alongside so many talented and passionate artists and to be able to contribute, through song, to such an inspiring movement.