Song about Moss Point makes Grammy awards ballot

A Jackson County musician has a chance at hitting it big time now that his song “Moss Point, Mississippi” is in the running for a Grammy award. The song recently made it to the Grammy ballot for best American Roots Song.
“Moss Point, Mississippi” that’s the name of the song Pascagoula musician Don Smith just found out made it on the voting ballot for the 2018 Grammy awards. The song is in the running for Best American Roots song. “This is definitely a feel-good, dance in the street kind of song,” said Smith.
Smith has deep family ties to the Coast’s River City, a retired teacher at Vancleave High School, Smith can be found at the Moss Point Community Center where he teaches pottery classes or writing and playing songs in his church’s band. A few months ago, he decided to write a song dedicated to where he was born and raised. “People have all negative thoughts of Moss Point, but this is totally 180, different view of it.”
Smith says he began to jot down lyrics for the song months ago, a producer then discovered his song online and helped him record the track in Nashville. “I see the old houses and the trees, when I ride around town I’m blown away by the stark beauty, the natural beauty of the place, I’m seeing possibilities.”
Smith says he couldn’t be more proud his song made it on the voting ballot and his hope with this new achievement is far from fame and glamour. “Hopefully it will stop some people in their tracks and they’ll say ‘maybe I should ride around and look one more time.”
The first round of voting for the 60th Grammy awards is taking place right now, Smith hopes his song will make the ballot for the final round of voting December 7th until then “Moss Point, Mississippi is where I’ll be.”
You can find more of Don Smith’s music on Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes.

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