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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – St. Louisan Nikko Smith has already released numerous singles and is set for another big release in January – and it's all just the culmination of what he always knew he wanted to do.

Smith got his big break when he stepped onto the stage as a finalist on "American Idol."

"The Voice," "Nashville Star" and other singing shows help artists step into the spotlight. But many soon realize it's the work after Hollywood that's the hardest.

"I had to learn the business and that takes a while," Smith said.

"It's all about learning and it's been fun to watch as a parent watching them grow, not only as a person but as an artist," Nikko Smith's father, legendary Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, said.

St. Louis singers have always had strong showings on reality shows like "The Voice." But perhaps none were under as much pressure as the son of a Hall of Famer.

For Nikko Smith, it was about pursuing his passion and respecting -- but not riding on -- the name Ozzie Smith.

"You know, I think he's done a great job at separating that, you know my kids have never tried to take my name and capitalize on that, and I respect them for that," Ozzie Smith said.

Nikko Smith is very active on social media,has his own website and music available on iTunes.

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