These days, it can seem like America's youth is too jaded to care about their fellow man, but Adam Smith is doing his level best to change that. Last year, more than 26,000 Arizona teens attempted suicide, and the young singer/songwriter is using what he can — his musical ability — to raise awareness of that fact and help aid in its prevention. He has teamed up with Arizona's peer-to-peer crisis hotline Teen Lifeline, and will be releasing a new single on the heels of his debut album, Another Way to Get to Heaven, whose proceeds will benefit the organization. Just over a year ago, Smith himself was homeless on the streets of Nashville playing for tips and now lives part time in Mesa. The self-taught pianist and guitar player plays music with a James Taylor feel to it, and will be bringing and his sound as well as his message to the Phoenix Theater this week, with fellow young musicians The Melillo Brothers.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.