Smith 'N' Kontras was a one-of-a-kind act that performed virtually any style of music and appealed to a very broad demographic. Utilizing state-of-the-art digital percussion, a stereo sound system and excellent lighting, this "Two Man Band" displayed a professionalism rarely seen or heard in a duo.
Working from a seemingly limitless song list, Smith 'N' Kontras was in a class by itself. The duo began entertaining audiences in June 1991, after more than two years in the studio recording originals. They performed virtually non-stop for nearly five years playing a wide variety of covers and original tunes.
Country music began to gain mainstream popularity during this time and the duo started to focus on writing music for that genre. Those tunes were very popular at live performances and garnered much attention in Nashville.
Early in 1995, they appeared on Charlie Daniels' Talent Round-Up TV Show (TNN - Nashville) on two separate occasions. They also performed several times at Nashville's famous Bluebird Café on their nationally recognized writers' night when those Sunday night's drew people from all over the country. This is the venue that was featured in the movie , "A Thing Called Love" starring Sandra Bullock, River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, Anthony Clark and country stars K. T. Oslin, Trisha Yearwood and Pam Tillis.
The duo parted ways in December,1995. Doug eventually moved to Nashville to pursue a singer-songwriter career as a country artist while Michael moved on to become a solo act until 2003. The two continue to stay in touch.