Singer/songwriter Irene Rose Smith is an 8th generation South Carolinian who cherishes her southern roots and writes songs that honor them. Her music is a soundtrack of the south as she wistfully sings about family, small towns, sweet tea, grits and God.
In college, she won her campus version of American Idol twice, radio talent searches, as well as secured placements in private showcases for both America’s Got Talent and American Idol. After graduating from Charleston Southern University, she then studied in Auckland, New Zealand at a creative/performing arts school through Youth With A Mission touring New Zealand, Thailand, China and Hong Kong as a songwriter, singer, and choreographer.
In 2011, Irene Rose started a movement called “Stop Traffic” partnering with Shared Hope International, an organization committed to fighting human trafficking. Her songs written from the perspective of sex slaves have been played both on TV and radio raising awareness and financial support for the issue.
After completing four albums, seventeen of her songs have had television and radio airplay in San Francisco, Nashville and Charleston. She was selected for a national talent search with Sony record label and was signed in Nashville as an artist and songwriter on music row with Blue Guitar music. She was offered another record deal, multiple TV show offers, and a national tour, but chose to decline and move home to her hometown of Charleston SC where she transitioned into children’s music which she has discovered is her true passion.