The road to discovering Tasha Layton's artistry is a journey that has been both painful and incredible. As a teen growing up in South Carolina, she began to sing at church and lead worship for her youth group, but when her church experienced a painful split it left an undeniable imprint on her. Carrying wounds inflicted by an unhealthy church family and lies about her self-worth and musical gifts, she eventually left church altogether. As a college student pursuing music, she became severely depressed and, at her lowest point, suicidal. Realizing she needed help, she changed her major from music to religion. “I was searching and had grown up conservative, so I just wanted to know about other religions,” she explains. "I wanted to know what the truth was because I needed help.... something to grasp that was real, to help me find peace." Through all of her exploration and research, she rediscovered, “Jesus was the only One who had the power to transform me.”
Finding her voice again, she began to lead worship at a church in LA, which then eventually led her to work as an in-demand session singer and appear on Season 9 of American Idol, reaching the top 60. Soon after Idol, Layton was chosen to be one of Katy Perry's backup singers, a job she was grateful to do for four years while circling the globe.
Deciding it was time to make her own music, she headed to Music City. “Like a lot of artists, I wanted to know I had something to offer in a city so concentrated with gifted people. I was nervous but I felt a new confidence to say, ‘God truly loves me, and I can step out and do whatever He’s called me to do because it’s not about comparison - comparison crushes creativity.'” She began teaching at the National Praise and Worship Institute at Trevecca University and co-writing with some of Nashville’s finest, and she also met and married GRAMMY® and GMA Dove Award®-winning musician and producer, Keith Everette Smith. Together they have one son, Levi, age 1, and reside in Nashville.