LOS ANGELES, CA – 18 May, 2016 – R&B Crooner, SMITH is designing beautiful music for his listeners with the release of his highly anticipated single, “Tapestry”. Produced by Darrius “Inkredibeatz” Quince and written by SMITH himself, “Tapestry” is a certified soul jam blending today’s indie R&B, and 90’s soul music. The Baltimore bred star will be debuting the single and video on all digital platforms Monday, May 23rd. Already performing with and impressing the likes of Faith Evans, Kim Burrell, and Tweet to name a few, SMITH is one of R&B’s newest promises.
“The concept for ‘Tapestry’ was years in the making,” says SMITH. “I remember hearing the word in a song in the movie The Prince of Egypt. The reference was really strong, and it stuck with me so I decided to make it the theme of the song. I basically compare a brilliant, beautiful fabric to the building and sustaining of a relationship.”
Raised in a dual pastoral household, SMITH was influenced by Gospel music at an early age. Gospel artists such as The Clark Sisters and B.Slade (fka Tonèx) helped shape his musical thought process. When SMITH’s parents weren’t around he would listen to artists like Prince, Faith Evans, and D’Angelo for hours. It was the balance of these worlds that gave SMITH his “Church&B” style. However, it wasn’t until the age of 17 that SMITH truly discovered his voice. By the age of 22 he decided to take his career seriously, and moved to Los Angeles with the guidance of one of his childhood idols.
“I had come to LA in 2012 for a background singer audition for Faith Evans,” recalls SMITH. “She was looking for an all male lineup but I didn’t get selected because I wasn’t based in Los Angeles. I remember feeling like Los Angeles was the place to come for opportunities and after a few subsequent visits, I fell in love with the city.”
SMITH kept in contact with the First Lady of Bad Boy and was encouraged to come back to Los Angeles. The two became close friends as SMITH continued to develop his musical style and sound. He eventually went on to perform for Faith, Tweet and Kim Burrell but it’s his single and accompanying video for “Tapestry” that SMITH is most proud of. The video, shot by DC based artist Tabi Bonney (“The Pocket”), was inspired by the documentary Marc Jacob and Louis Vuitton.
“Watching [him] work really inspired me as an artist,” says SMITH. “It just made sense because the song talks about fabrics, patterns and colors.”
SMITH is proving to be cut from a different cloth as he infuses 90’s throwback R&B with a hint of today’s musical nuances. With a genuine and honest approach to the soulful genre, SMITH plans to leave behind a legacy that will have listeners feeling nostalgic after he’s gone.
“My ultimate goal is just to create amazing art that I’m proud of when I’m old,” states SMITH. “I want to continue to be able to make music that’s authentic to me and support it with amazing visuals that will drive the story home. I want to leave behind several complete bodies of work that are respected and looked at as art. ‘Tapestry’ is my best work to date! I’ve never put so much effort and energy into a project. I’m really in love with ‘Tapestry’ and I think fans will be too.”
“Tapestry” will be available on all digital platforms, including but not limited to TIDAL, iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora on May 23rd. The supporting visual will be released the same day. If the saying “…destiny is like a wonderful wide tapestry…” stands true, then SMITH is destined for greatness. Tap into SMITH’s artistry via his social media platforms online (@officialsmith_/Twitter; officialsmith/Instagram).
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The “new classic” is being redefined thanks to R&B crooner, SMITH. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter is blending today’s R&B with 90’s soul music. Inspired by artists from D’Angelo to B. Slade (fka Tonex), SMITH has created his own unique sound, donning it “Church&B”. Already performing with, and impressing the likes of Faith Evans, Tweet and Kim Burrell, to name a few, SMITH is proving to become one of R&B’s most promising new acts.
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