John Smith releases emotional single “Candle” from his forthcoming album The Living Kind

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb 23, 2024) - Critically acclaimed Singer-songwriter/Guitarist John Smith is releasing his heartfelt new single “Candle” today. “Candle” is from John’s forthcoming album The Living Kind (Thirty Tigers/Commoner Records) which is set for release on March 15th. Written solely by John, the emotionally moving song was inspired by his father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the impact on family and caregivers. exclusively premiered the track ahead of its release, calling it “breathtaking”.

In his exclusive interview with, John shared “I do hope that [‘Candle’] finds some people who are going through or have been through a similar experience of family illness or friends being ill…I hope it provides something to relate to, because [the role of caregiver] can be a very lonely experience.”

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The intimate acoustic performance video for his new single “Candle” was filmed in the famous Cooper Hall in Frome, Somerset.

The Living Kind is the first body of new music since John’s sixth studio album The Fray, which helped him amass over 100 million streams on Spotify. “Candle” follows John’s title track “The Living Kind” and previously released song “The World Turns.” All three songs are included on his forthcoming album.

The Living Kind is a ten-track collection about putting life’s challenges into perspective and living life to the fullest. It highlights John’s generational guitar talent and unique synthesis of styles. Recorded entirely live in Maine and produced by Joe Henry (Lisa Hannigan, Rhiannon Giddens, Guy Pearce, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez), it is a gloriously subtle and moving contemporary body of work. The Living Kind follows his previously-released critically acclaimed album The Fray, which led John to a UK Americana Award nomination for Artist of The Year (2022) and UK Song of the Year (2022) for his single “Eye to Eye” (John Smith ft. Sarah Jarosz).

Named as “the future of folk music” by some of the Folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, John’s music has been featured by No Depression, American Songwriter, Billboard, Acoustic Guitar, The Guardian and more. John is currently on tour in support of his upcoming album and will be performing at Folk Alliance International this weekend prior to kicking off his UK headlining tour in April. For a full list of tour dates and more information visit,

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