Savannah Stopover is set to feature several local bands this year, but what sets Isaac Smith apart is the underlying message he hopes his audience receives when he performs.

"My message of faith today through music to the people that come out to a show is really just to be kind, be real and be you," he says.

The band features Smith on lead vocals, guitar and violin, Ethan Stewart on vocals and electric guitar, as well as Savannah native Robert Saunders on drums. Smith describes their sound as "a mix of American rock and folk" and their live shows as "emotional and refreshing."

Their 2014 EP "Magnolia Bloom" offers an array of romantic and soothing tunes, such as the title song as well as the impassioned track "Girl from Afar."

The title song may be of interest to citizens and tourists of Savannah alike. Smith wrote the song with the desire to capture "the beauty of Savannah and its surroundings, but tie it in with a childhood memory."

"I remember having a magnolia tree in my yard ⦠I played with the cones that the magnolias would bloom from ⦠I like to think that I wished for a beautiful girl that I would one day meet and forever call her my magnolia bloom."

The beauty of Savannah is not the only aspect of the city Smith appreciates. He also loves the hustle and bustle of city life, as well as the people who live here.

"⦠The longer I stay, the more I feel rooted in this city. It's a town I can be me and be involved with so many different types of people. It always feels good to come home here."

Smith's inspiration comes not only from Savannah and his hope to spread kindness to his audiences, but also by other artists such as Jason Isbell, Dawes, Anthony Hamilton and Solange, he adds.

Isaac Smith

9:30 p.m. March 9

Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St.