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Nate Smith Talks Recording "I Don't Wanna Go To Heaven" with Tenille Townes

Not too long ago, in 2018, Nate Smith lost everything when his town of Paradise, California. He was working as a nurse assistant for about 13 years before he recorded "One of These Days" with a guitar sent to him by a friend after his own perished. "I ended up writing a song about the fire to at least help me process it and it ended up touching people. Ultimately that led me to a point where my friends were like, 'You need to go back to Nashville. This is what you're supposed to do,'" he tells us. He's now a recording artist under SONY Music and his latest single "I Don't Wanna To To Heaven" has taken off.

"I Don't Wanna Go To Heaven" has surpassed over 11 million streams on Spotify alone; it first gained traction on TikTok where Smith teased it to his followers."There's something really special about stopping for a minute and being grateful for what you have in your life and not taking anything for granted. That's really what the song's about," he states. Smith is an upbeat, funny guy, but when he talks about the subject matter of this visibly personal song, he's serious and poised. On TikTok, an app he was hesitant to join, he has amassed over 700 thousand followers and almost six million total likes.

In January of 2022, "I Don't Wanna Go To Heaven" got its first remodel with a choir version, done with the help of the Tennessee Echelon choir. He first got the idea when he watched a YouTube video by the band Amber Run. "I was like, that is so sick. I would love to do something like that but make it my own thing," he exclaims. He goes on to credit his producer Joel Bruyere and his musical director Chris Ashley for helping to bring his vision alive. Smith adds on, "I love the way it feels when the chorus hits. It just hits so much harder with the extra voices."