It's easy to see why comedian and actor Travis Smith began a musical project of The Travis Smith Project (featuring Travis Smith-Guitar/Piano/Vocals Tyson Rothrock-Drums Tyler Derrick Phillips-Guitar Daniel Everett Stepp-Bass). Growing up in the small town of Woodruff, S.C., he was introduced into the craft at 3 years old, inspired by the legendary hits of Stevie Wonder and other Motown classics. By the time he reached the age of 6, he had already begun to play piano and started singing at Lower Shady Grove Baptist Church.
He continued to learn about music throughout his childhood and became a drum major for the Woodruff High School Marching Cadets; winning three trophies of Best Drum Major during high school. His velvety voice also won him an award for Best Male Vocalist at the L. Water's Talent Show in 2005. He was the opener for Six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award Winner gospel recording artist Vashawn Mitchell's ("Nobody Greater") at Spartanburg,SC Spring Fling 2013. In The Fall of 2019, he opened for Blues Legend Mac Arnold & A Plate Full O' Blues.