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Payton Smith is set to sing the national anthem before Nashville SC takes on Chicago Fire FC at Nissan Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. Tickets for the match are available here.

At just 21 years old, singer, songwriter, and self-taught guitarist, Payton Smith, has a lot to celebrate. Since co-writing his debut single “Like I Knew You Would”and releasing his self-titled EP in late 2019, the Louisiana native has amassed over 35 million streams worldwide and was the most added new artist to radio in 2020. Known for not only high-energy guitar slinging and smooth vocals, the CMT 2021 Listen Up artist also composed and played every string instrument on each track of his debut project. As Taste of Country noted his “raw talent, authenticity and strong work ethic are bound to bring him country music success for many, many years” as one of 2021’s Hottest Country Artists Under 25. Music Row called Smith the 2021 Next Big Thing, while “Like I Knew You Would” charted as the number 7 song of the year on Spotify’s Hot Country. With a collection of new songs coming out and live shows returning, 2021 will undoubtedly continue to be a breakout year for Payton Smith.

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