5 Grammy Award Nominees
27 Dove Award Nominees
GMA Song Writer of the Year 1988
Co-written 27 #1 Songs
White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010
Beginning his career as a performer and producer for the Bill Gaither Trio, he produced the 1st 4 Gaither Vocal band albums selling more than 1 million units. Out of his relationships there he formed the Grammy nominated Rock Group White Heart with producer/guitar player Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Keith Urban). White Heart went on to tour worldwide through 1998, selling over 3 million records, with 17 #1 Singles, 2 Grammy nominations, and 23 Dove nominations.
Producing over 150 albums, and 30 No. 1 songs, Smiley has 5 Grammy Nominations, one producing the 1989 Grammy nominated song “Silent Night”, recorded by BeBe & CeCe Winans.
As a songwriter he has co-written 27 no. 1 songs, over 50 top 10 songs, all the while writing for Brentwood/Benson Publishing, Word Publishing, Curb Records, Sony/BMG publishing, and his own company Meet You Halfway music.
He helped discover, develop, produce, and write for such artists as: The Newsboys, The Normals, Johnny Cash, Susan Ashton, Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Insyderz, Clay Aikens, , Justifide, and Charity Von.
2004 saw Smiley formed his new company Northern Shore Productions, a studio based Production Company out at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, TN and Scottsdale, AZ with a creative independent mindset, and he established major distribution partners – both digitally and physically with Naxos Of America. Currently 5 of his latest artists will be distributed through a label partnership with Naxos in 2016 and 2017.