Joesplace, that ever-so-accurate Idol spoiler, just added a new name to her list of rumored AI Season 8 Top 50 contestants. His name is Brent Keith Smith, and he’s the only guy in this AI commercial (along with Alexea Lawson, Lil Rounds and Emily Wynne-Hughes).
JP thinks it’s this guy, who goes by the name Brent Keith, and after running some Google searches, I’m pretty sure it’s him.
Brent Keith, was a contestant on Nashville Star 2, Here’s his about.com page, he had a song on the Dale soundtrack (a movie about the late race car driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr.–here’s the video)
Here’s an amateur video of a performance (“Found” recorded by Josh Gracin). And his CMT music page. He’s already got a fan base. Heh.
Here’s Brent’s MySpace. He took off all of his music and videos back in November right after the Hollywood round ended. He explains in a blog dated 11/22, with the title: “This is what’s going on with my page”:
I’m posting this blog just in case you’re wondering what has happened to my page in the last few days. I recently reacquired the rights to brentkeith.com after a long period of trying to do just that. As I make the decisions about what I will be putting on each site, I’ve decided to take all of my videos, songs, and pics off of my Myspace profile. I promise to send out a bulletin and a general “heads-up” when I get everything up and running again.
Meanwhile, his website is parked. It hasn’t been touched.
The snip on the AI commercial sounds more rock than country, but he does list classic rock influences on his My Space page.
This CMT article, posted in September 2007, had him going into the studio soon after. Of course, if he’s an AI contestant, he can’t currently have a record contract.
He’s got a lot of experience under his belt, and connections in the industry, therefore, some will call him planty!
So, kids, what do you think?
ETA: From a blog dated July 18:
I’ve got something that I’m working on right now that I can’t tell you guys about just yet. I can tell you that if it works out positively, it will be AMAZING! I’ll keep you posted and let you know the outcome A.S.A.P.