Missouri Songwriter / Entertainer Honored
Although 2018 was an amazing year for Kimberly Smoak ~ 2019 is off to a powerhouse start & it's only July. The Veteran of the First Gulf War, who didn't start pursuing her musical dreams until 2010, accepted two awards in 2017 & 2018; First, she took home Gospel Country Song of the Year with Co-writers Kim Ehm & Doc McCready with Artist Deby Kelley. Then in 2018 was named "Female Country Entertainer of the Year" at the Independent Music Awards in Topeka, KS, in June of 2018, where she took center stage to perform her songs. Topeka's IMA's were originally formed to showcase and support local Hip-Hop artists, but expanded to other genres just this year.
Less than three months later (September 2018) she took home the "Gospel Christian Song of the Year" prize at The Josie Music Awards held at Dollywood in Tennessee - for her self penned song "Kneel At The Cross" recorded by Deby Kelley featuring Kimberly on back up vocals. This marked her Second win in a row in this category, at what is being called the "Grammy's of Independent Music". It was also her third year in a row in which she was nominated for "Songwriter of the Year".
In 2019 she is up for Multiple Awards @ Multi Events that span from Atlanta to Tennessee!
After recording four CD's (both in Nashville and Missouri) Smoak's hard work and perseverance has finally paid off. In addition to all the awards and nominations over the last few years, her songs are now being recorded by other independent artists and have received world-wide exposure and heavy airplay on numerous internet radio stations
Smoak is an ASCAP writer, as well as a member of Echota Records USA, and has a Lifetime membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, In 2018 she also formed "Monarch Springs Publishing" a new home for her numerous compositions.
When she's not writing songs or performing, Smoak stays busy doing radio interviews, planning her next recording sessions, and looking forward to even more musical success in 2019.
"Stay Tuned" she says.