After seeing a performance featuring Andres Segovia, George Benson, and Chet Atkins he realized that there were seemingly infinite possibilities for styles of guitar playing, he delved into classical, jazz, folk, world, and new age music.
Michael has toured Europe, Mexico, Africa, and the United States as a featured performer. He has played the Kennedy Center, The International Festival of World Music in Mexico City, and The International Guitar Festival, among many other events and venues.
He has released three solo albums: “After the Harvest” in 2002, “Beauty Without Warning” in 2005, and "La Esperanza Sigue" in 2010. Smith is also a painter and printmaker and his work can be seen on the covers of all of his CDs.
His more recent music has seen him experimenting with electronics and various folk instruments, creating layered compositions with nods to classical, Celtic, Spanish, jazz, and ambient music. He lives in Querétaro, Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.