Zachariah Smith Releases Heart-Pounding Anthem, “American Grace,” After Exiting ‘American Idol’

“This song is so cool in a lot of ways, but my favorite is that it sounds like an anthem. ‘American Grace’ is my anthem,” Smith admitted.


Andrew Wendowski


Posted on May 19, 2023

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Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of Easton Schirra/American Idol

Zachariah Smith’s heart-pounding debut single, “American Grace,” is out now and it’s an anthem for people everywhere.  

Co-written by Jesse Frasure, AJ Babcock and Alex Hall, “American Grace” finds the American Idol Top 7 finalist telling the story of a kid turning to music during the happiest of times as well as life’s most difficult moments.

“Oh, oh, God bless it / Oh, oh, let it play / In every hometown, the heartbeat pounds / To the sound of American Grace / How sweet the sound of American Grace,” Smith sings on the chorus of the spirited track. 

Throughout the song, Zachariah Smith allows his southern-rock-leaning vocals to shine vibrantly over an energy-filled rock instrumental.

Listen To Zachariah Smith’s Debut Single “American Grace” Below

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The 19-year-old former grill cook recorded “American Grace” at The Sound Factory with producers Oak Felder of Oak for the Orphanage & Lucian Nagy.

“This song is so cool in a lot of ways, but my favorite is that it sounds like an anthem. ‘American Grace’ is my anthem,” Smith admitted.

“A Dream Come True”

Ahead of the tune’s release, Zachariah Smith took to social media to share a clip talking about his first-ever original song. 

“To record my own song has been a dream come true,” Smith shared. ”I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time and for me to be able to come out here and record my own single and make my own music is just really, really cool. So, it’s a once in lifetime [experience] and I’m forever grateful.”

Zachariah Smith "American Grace" Single Art
Zachariah Smith “American Grace” Single Art

He also detailed his favorite line in “American Grace.” 

“My favorite line in this song is the second verse, it says ‘folks are fighting downstairs, but the guitar’s there’ to help me get away from it all,” he explained. “If I was just going through a hard time in life I knew my guitar was always there to be able to take me to a different place.”

“This song is an anthem [and] this song is pounding on the hearts of the American people. This song means unity [and] this is a powerful song,” Smith added. 

Bids Farewell To American Idol

The single comes days after his American Idol journey came to an end. Following his departure from the show, Zachariah Smith took to social media to bid farewell to the singing competition show.

“I didn’t want to make a too complicated video [and] I thought about doing it and I wasted time doing it. I don’t want to waste any more time [and] I just want to get straight to the point,” Smith began. “First off, I want to thank you guys. You guys have got me to the top five and that is absolutely insane. And keep in mind, this is just a TV show. I get it. A lot of y’all are upset right now. Some of y’all are just disappointed that the votes didn’t go through like you thought they would. And sometimes it happens. But honestly, this is just a TV show. It helped me grow my platform.”

He then went on to admit that while he is no longer in the competition, it did allow him to grow his fan base. “I’ve got to meet a lot of new people and I’ve gained a lot of new fans that I didn’t have before this. So thank you guys so much for your support,” he added.

Standout Idol Contestant

Zachariah Smith auditioned for Idol with John Mellencamp’s hit, “Hurts So Good,” where America immediately fell in love with his voice and story.

Following his audition, Perry told him, “Oh no!” Perry exclaimed. “You’re not flipping no burger!”

Smith couldn’t contain his excitement as he questioned, “I don’t have to flip burgers anymore?” He had a huge smile across his face as the judges laughed.

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His auditioned earned a “yes” from all three judges and he ultimately advanced to Hollywood, which led him all the way to the Top 5 where his time on Idol came to an end.

Throughout the competition, he has also covered Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Little Richard’s “Lucille,” Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice,” Isaac Brown’s “Body Roll Boys,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Toto’s “Hold The Line,” Electric Light Orchestra’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and more.

While Zachariah Smith didn’t make it to the Top 3, he encourages his followers to tune into the finale of American Idol on Sunday, May 21 at 8/7c as he will be returning to the stage to perform once again.

“Don’t skip out on the finale. I will be at the finale and I have a special duet partner and this one’s going to be really fun. Teaser, the 80s is coming back. All right. I love y’all. Thank you guys so much,” Smith concluded.

Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC
Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC

American Idol Finale

During the three-hour season finale of American Idol, Iam Tongi, Megan Danielle and Colin Stough will face off for the title of American Idol champion.

Live from Hollywood, the finale will feature performances by the judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie, as well as guest performers Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, Jazmine Sullivan, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban (who is also mentoring Top 3), Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon, Kylie Minogue, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Daigle, Pitbull, and TLC.

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