Ira Nathaniel Nate Smith (b. December 14, 1974) is an American drummer, composer, songwriter and producer.
Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, his musical talent became apparent early on. After high school, he went on to earn a percussion performance scholarship and pursued his musical studies at James Madison University, where he received a B.S. in Media Arts and Design in 1997. After college, he was invited to continue his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University as a member of the Carpenter Fellowship Program.