Canaan Smith

WANTAGH, NY – JUL 20: Smith performs in concert during the “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” Tour on July 20, 2019 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. photo by Debby Wong/

Birth Name: Canaan Lee Smith

Place of Birth: Dillsboro, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1982

Ethnicity: English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Irish, Scottish, German, Swiss, French

Canaan Smith is an American country music singer and songwriter. His songs include “Love You Like That,” which was a #1 hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. He appeared on the show The Amazing Race.

He is the son of Cheryl and Larry Smith. Canaan is married to Christy Hardesty, with whom he has a daughter.

Canaan’s paternal grandfather was named Albert B. Smith.

Canaan’s paternal grandmother was Merle Ramsey (the daughter of William Alonzo Ramsey and Mildred Ila Mauney). Merle was born in Cherryville, North Carolina. William was the son of Ephraim Lane Ramsey and Mary Susan Mitchem. Mildred was the daughter of Johnny Edgar Mauney and Cynthia Etta Clemmer.

Canaan’s maternal grandfather was named Herbert Wilds.

Canaan’s maternal grandmother was Mary Lou McGrew (the daughter of Miles Louis McGrew and Zella Lou Spencer). Mary Lou was born in Grayson, Kentucky.

Sources: Obituary of Canaan’s paternal grandmother, Merle (Ramsey) Smith –

Obituary of Canaan’s maternal grandmother, Mary Lou (McGrew) Wilds –

1 Response

  1. aceqa says:

    His paternal grandfather was Albert B. Smith

    His paternal grandmother was Merle Ramsey (born to William Alonzo Ramsey and Mildred Ila Mauney). She was born in Cherryville, North Carolina and was of English, Scots-Irish, German, Swiss, and distant French descent.

    His maternal grandparents were Herbert Wilds and Mary Lou McGrew, so I doubt there’s any Slavic descent. (i’m pretty certain i got the right person because it’s someone who a Cheryl Wilds referred to as her mother on facebook, and the same account made several references to Canaan and is also followed by him on instagram)

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