Taya Smith Biography
Taya Smith is a talented Australian gospel musician, actress, and worship leader for Hillsong United. Before embarking on her music career, Taya was a church youth group leader and she found success after contributing vocals to the Hillsong United track “Oceans”.
Taya stands as a captivating worship leader whose voice resonates profoundly among believers worldwide. Her vocal presence in tracks like ‘Oceans’ and ‘A Million Suns’ on UNITED’s acclaimed album, Zion, has woven a connection that transcends boundaries and touches hearts in the most moving ways. With every note she sings, Taya carries an undeniable passion for worship, a sentiment that has shaped her journey since its inception.
Her journey in worship leadership took root in the nurturing embrace of Lismore. It was there that she first experienced the power of worship within the context of the church’s embrace. As a devoted part of the worship team and a youth leader, Taya discovered a love for guiding others in their faith journeys and igniting their connection with the divine.
The threads of her path led her to Sydney in 2010, a move driven by her secular singing pursuits. Embracing the dynamic community of Hillsong Church’s City Campus, Taya stepped into roles that epitomized her commitment to both worship and youth engagement.
Her involvement with the youth worship expression, Young & Free, marked a beautiful confluence of these passions, as she contributed to their debut album and embarked on tours that spread their impactful message.
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In February 2013, Taya’s journey took a new direction as she officially joined Hillsong’s creative staff. Her responsibilities expanded across a diverse spectrum, encompassing everything from guiding the city vocal team’s development to crafting creative elements for young adult events. Her presence became synonymous with key Hillsong events and tours with Young & Free and UNITED, solidifying her role as a driving force within the community.
Yet, for Taya, the heart of it all lies in the concept of ‘home.’ When she’s not on the road, her dedication is visible in the smallest of actions, from nurturing individuals within the creative team to leading prayer meetings and anchoring worship during weekend services. Her words carry the essence of her dedication, as she expresses, “I am most passionate about worship – true, honest worship.”
Taya’s humility shines through when she speaks about her journey. For her, worship is a conduit, a way to elevate the focus beyond the self and onto the divine. Her mission is clear: to guide people into a realm of worship that resonates more deeply than ever before, fostering a profound relationship with Jesus. With unwavering dedication, Taya embodies the essence of sold-out worship, a vessel through which she magnifies the divine and inspires others to do the same.
Taya Smith Age
Taya is 34 years old as of 2023, She was born on May 10, 1989, in New South Wales, Australia.
Taya Smith Height
Smith stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.83m) with a moderate weight.
Taya Smith Parents
Taya was born and brought up in Australia by her loving parents, however, further information on her parents and family is currently unavailable.
Taya Smith Husband
Taya is married to her loving husband Ben Gaukrodger, After announcing their engagement in December 2017, Taya Smith and her fiance, Ben Gaukrodger, tied the knot on March 22, 2018, in a private church ceremony officiated by Smith’s bandmate, Jonathan Douglass who is best known as JD.
Taya says getting married to the love of her life was one of the greatest moments she experienced “because of Jesus” and the “people He placed” in her life. She wrote on Instagram. “I highly recommend it. It was like that because of Jesus & the people He has placed in our life for such a time as this and we are blown away by all the love, support & kindness.”
Taya Smith Songs
Smith has written and is featured on a number of Hillsong United’s songs which include;
- Even When It Hurts
- Touch the Skys
- Whole Heart
- Good Grace
- Another in the Fire
- Awesome God