Nate Smith Reflects On The Powerful Story Behind “World On Fire”
If you don’t already have Nate Smith on your radar, then stop what you’re doing and take a listen. Behind this talented country star is one powerful story and it’s just the beginning for this Nashville singer-songwriter.
The 38-year-old released his self-titled debut album in April of 2023 which features his most recent single and No. 1 country radio hit, “World On Fire.” Smith co-wrote the track alongside Ashley Gorley, Taylor Phillips, and Lindsay Rimes.
While guest hosting Shawn Parr’s Backstage Country this week, Smith opened up on his very personal backstory of writing “World On Fire” and the challenge that came with it. Most may think it’s solely about heartbreak, however, it stemmed from a wildfire in Paradise, California.
“Taylor had the idea he had this ‘World on Fire’ concept and had the top of the chorus kind of sort of mapped out a little bit. And then when we were talking about the story of the song, it was like, ‘Why don’t we just pull from my story?’ You know, that would make sense, right? So we talked about the Paradise Fire and figured out how to make it blend, with a story of a breakup as well. So kind of merging those two worlds together was kind of an interesting challenge,” Smith revealed to Shawn Parr.
Smith continued, “The songs are so important. They’re so, so, so important. I mean, they’re what people create memories with and all this kind of thing. But the story, the songs reinforce the story, you know? And I think the story is the thing that people can kind of go, ‘Man, if he can get out of a town, if he can go through something that’s hard like this, if he can have his whole town burn down and then move to Nashville and meet the right people and go after this thing heartedly, maybe I can do it too.’ I think there’s something really powerful about that. And the more I’m getting into this, this world and stuff, I’m realizing I need to reinforce that because that’s what brings people hope.”
At the end of the day, Smith’s songs are very powerful in one way or another. When writing his songs, he now intentionally wants to add a “thread of empowerment” so that his fans know they can do more day to day.
Watch the music video for Nate Smith’s “World On Fire” below.