Just a little something about The Lyrical.


"With an infectious blend of roots, reggae and hip hop in tow, The Lyrical commands a strong stage presence

as he spits his politically charged and socially conscious expressions" -

Island inspired roots/rock/hip-hop music with emotive,

heart wrenching vocals that will leave you in awe.

"This band raises the roof of all and any venue they play, truly inspirational."      - MX Magazine


"When it comes to writing, well, he's not called The Lyrical for nothing."      - Scene Magazine



        The Lyrical (Karl Smith) has become a rising star of the music scene in Brisbane. The Sunshine State capital has always been a 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 one of those artists who demand your attention.

        He has toured Australia, released an EP (If I Was Earth) and a very well received self-titled album, 'The Lyrical' to critical acclaim.

        The Lyrical is also a proud Official Cole Clark Artist.


He has opened for:

  • Everlast

  • Katchafire

  • Dallas Frasca

  • Natali Rize (of Blue King Brown)

  • Pete Murray

  • Tikki Taane

  • Cornerstone Roots

  • Trinity Roots

  • Illy...


He has shared the stage and played with the likes of:

  • Leon Mobley (of The Innocent Criminals)

  • Nicky Bomba

  • Evil Eddie (of Butterfingers)

  • Govinda Doyle (Producer)

  • Jac Stone

  • Sahara Beck

  • Karl.S.Williams...


He has rocked festivals such as:

  • Byron Bay Bluesfest

  • Big Day Out

  • Caloundra Music Festival

  • Red Deer Festival

  • Island Vibes Festival

  • Festival Of The Sun

  • Valley Fiesta

  • Sweet Valley Sounds...

...and more.




Peoples Choice Award, Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Comp. - 2010 and 2011


5 x No.1 Triple J's Unearthed rank - 2013


No.3 WORLD RANKING Breakthrough Artist - 2011


3rd Place, "Australian Busker of the Year, QPAC - 2009


1st Place, "Queensland Buskers of the Year, Valley Fiesta - 2008