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Winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest "People's Choice Award" in 2010 and 2011”, The Lyrical (AKA Karl Smith) has become THE rising star of the music scene in Brisbane. The Sunshine State capital has always been Australia's hotbed for new talent in a variety of genres and the acoustic-hip-hop/reggae scene, is now, no exception to that tradition. Following in the footsteps of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd, The Lyrical reflects the ingenuity and musical aptitude it takes to be a great artist. The "Unique blend of beat-boxing meshed with folk guitar and socially conscious lyrics ( – City News)" is fast becoming the hottest ticket in town.
The Lyrical has toured Australia, released a hugely popular self titled album “The Lyrical” to critical acclaim.. He has shared the stage and played with the likes of Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Innocent Criminals, rocked festivals such as BIG DAY OUT, Bluesfest, Red Deer Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Island Vibes Festival, Grotto Fest, Festival Of The Sun. The Lyrical has also had mega radio and online success hitting No.1 FIVE TIMES on Triple J’s Unearthed and No.3 IN THE WORLD on ReverbNation.com in an online poll for “Breakthrough Artist 2011”.