Taya Smith, born and raised on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia, Taya Smith is a key leader in the Hillsong creative team. Taya Smith is a passionate worship leader who has captured the hearts of believers across the globe with her vocals in ‘Oceans’ and ‘A Million Suns’ on UNITED’s most recent album, Zion.
Taya’s passion for the house of God was first nurtured in Lismore as a part of the worship team and a youth leader. When secular singing work led to Taya moving to Sydney in 2010, she became a part of Hillsong Church’s City Campus as a volunteer in the youth and young adults ministries and the church creative team. Soon after, her love for both worship and youth came together perfectly as she became involved in the church’s youth worship expression Young & Free’s debut album and subsequent tours.
In February 2013, Taya became a part Hillsong’s creative staff with responsibilities that have range from development and oversight of the city vocal team, creative elements for young adult events, vocals in key Hillsong events as well as touring with Young & Free and UNITED.
Yet for Taya, ‘home is the prize’ and whenever she’s not travelling, she can be found pastoring individuals in the creative team, running prayer meetings, or leading worship in a weekend service. As she says, ‘I am most passionate about worship – true, honest worship. There is nothing like it. It’s never about you or how well you can sing – it’s always about Jesus and who He is. My hope is to lead people to worship more passionately and go deeper in their relationship with Jesus than they have before. The fact that I get to point people to Him through songs and platforms I’ve been given will always be the biggest honour and privilege. I’ve always been, and hopefully always will be, sold out to worship.’
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Taya Smith Career:
Taya grew up in Wales, and pursued various interests at a young age and even considered a career in acting. Before her career as a singer, she was a part of “The Wally Show Podcast” which featured Garry Wallace, Betty Lou and Rebekah Eaker. The podcast was intended to be a talk program, with comedians gathering together, playing games, and talking about various aspects of life.
She and her family later moved to Australia, where she became a member of their local church, eventually becoming a youth group leader. At the time, she was also singing for her church and had been doing so for some time.
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Taya Smith Marriage:
Taya was previously in a relationship with Hillsong Young and Free singer and songwriter Aodhan King, but they eventually broke up. She later started a relationship with Ben Gee whom she met at church. After dating for a while, she realized he was the one while they were on a trip to the beach, and they became engaged in 2017, and married the following year in a private ceremony officiated by one of her bandmates. She married Ben Gaukrodger in March of 2018. Some of the photos of their wedding were posted online, and she describes it as one of her greatest experiences, even able to get her dream dress for the wedding.
Taya Smith Age, Height, Weight, Biography, Husband, Family, Photos & More:
|Taya Smith BIO|
|Real Name||Taya Smith|
|Other name/Nickname||Taya Gaukrodger|
|Date of Birth / Birthday||May 10, 1989|
|Debut||Touching Heaven Changing Earth|
|Genres||Contemporary Christian, praise and worship, folk|
|Height in Centimeters||164 cm|
|Height in Inches||5’ 5”|
|Weight in Kilograms||55 kg|
|Weight in Pounds||121 lbs|
|Hair Color||Golden Brown|
|Affairs, Boyfriends and Marital Status|
|Husband/ Spouse||Ben Gaukrodger|