Smith, Emma


  • From Hindman, Kentucky.
  • Began singing Gospel music and playing guitar while in her teens, influenced heavily by Molly O’Day and Loretta Lynn. Made early appearances on radio station WKCB in Hindman and on TV in nearby Hazard.
  • 1972, recorded first album “Angel Mother” (Majesty).
  • Larry Sparks began performing some of her songs which led to her recording contract with Old Homestead Records.
  • 1981, released “Hazard” album (Old Homestead) and a gospel album “Ship from King’s Harbor Shore” (Old Homestead).
  • 1984, she recorded on albums by Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, Kenny Baker and Josh Graves.
  • 1989, released “I Will Sing Of My Redeemer” album (Old Homestead).
  • 1991 released “Memories” album (Old Homestead)
  • 1992, released albums “Back To The Basics” (Old Homestead).
  • 1995, released “The Mighty Captain” album with Terri Caldwell (Old Homestead).
  • 2003, released “Coal Dust Country” album (Old Homestead) and “That Little White Church” album (Old Homestead).
  • She was awarded “Songwriter of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year” (traditional category) by SPBGMA.
  • She retired to live with her family in Florida.