Caroline Smith was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. She discovered her love for music at an early age, learning how to play the guitar from her father. At 16, she began performing locally.
At age 18 she moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota. She began performing weekly gigs at a local bar. Through various gigs playing these shows she was introduced to her future band mates, Arlen Peiffer and Jesse Schuster. They later added David Earl to the group, forming Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps.
Together they released three albums, describing their sound as “storybook folk with an indie twist.” By “Little Wind” their last album under the name Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps their sound evolved into a more rocking sound still with folk elements and roots that they called it “post folk.”
In 2013 they released “Half About Being A Woman” under their new and simple name, Caroline Smith. Many of the songs in the album draw influences from the 90’s neo soul explosion such as D’Angelo.