About the Song

Released in 2009, “Smile” is a contemporary country music co-written and recorded by Uncle Kracker. It is the first single from his 2009 album Happy Hour. In addition, Uncle Kracker co-wrote it with songwriters Blair Daly, J. T. Harding, and Jeremy Bose. American record producer Rob Cavallo produced the song.

After the song’s release in 2009, it went on to hit on various music charts. It was a chart-topper in 5 countries. It ranked third on Australia’s ARIA, 31st on Ö3 Austria Top 40, 44th on Canadian Hot 100, and 47th on Official German Charts. On the other hand, it peaked at no. 2 on Billboard Adult Top 40. Meanwhile, it reached no. 3 and no. 4 on Billboard Adult Contemporary and U.S. Country Digital Songs, respectively.

Here’s the chorus of this “feel-good” song:

You make me smile like the sun
Fall out of bed, sing like a bird
Dizzy in my head, spin like a record
Crazy on a Sunday night
You make me dance like a fool
Forget how to breathe
Shine like gold, buzz like a bee
Just the thought of you can drive me wild
Oh, you make me smile

Watch Uncle Kracker’s “Smile” below:

A Li’l Background About “Uncle Kracker”

Born on June 6, 1974, Matthew Shafer or more popularly known by his stage name Uncle Kracker is an American singer-songwriter who has had country and rock music influence. The turntablist for the group Twisted Brown Trucker, Uncle Kracker started as a solo artist in the late 90’s. His recording career was a success following the release of his singles “Follow Me“, “Drift Away“, and “Smile” which are all chart-toppers.

Uncle Kracker (Michael Shafer). Photo Credits: allmusic.com

Uncle Kracker was born and raised in Mount Clemens, Michigan. As a child, he was active in joining turntable competitions in a nightclub in Clawson, Michigan together with his older brother. The event led him to meet one of his friends and a popular country artist now, Kid Rock. The two met when Uncle Kracker’s older competed against Kid Rock. They soon became friends.

In 1994, Kid Rock invited Uncle Kracker to be the turntablist of his band, Twisted Brown Trucker. Aside from playing turntables for Rock’s live performances, he started recording Rock’s third studio album, Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp.

In 2000, Uncle Kracker decided to go solo and released his first solo album, Double Wide. He was married to Melanie Haas, his childhood darling. Their marriage gave them three daughters. However, they ended their relationship in 2014.

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