- 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
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.