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Sy Smith has long since solidified her place in underground soul music.
This Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/producer helped cultivate the
nu-soul scene in that city more than ten years ago, a scene which now
easily boasts some of the most progressive artists of that genre to
date, some of whom came directly from Sy’s own band line-ups.
But never one to rest on her laurels, Sy has continued to take her sound
and her songs to new heights. With 3 albums, 2 EPs, 1 greatest hits
collection, and a live DVD already under her belt, Sy is set to release
her fourth studio project ‚ Fast And Curious‚ in 2012. Her past
projects usually include contributions from numerous producers,
including James Poyser, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Dre King, Nicolay,
and Ty Macklin. With Fast And Curious‚ the entire production is
aptly handled by jazz musician, electronic remixer, and deejay Mark de
Clive-Lowe (aka MdCL). Sy and MdCL together have created a brilliantly
executed project with a soul that transcends its electronic foundation.
Once again, Sy has created her own lane, cruising very comfortably in
the land of Electronic Soul. Many fans are aware of Sy’s previous work providing supporting vocals for the likes of Meshell NdegeOcello, Usher, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, The Rickey Minor Band (as seen on American Idol for six
seasons), and quite notably, Chris Botti (her performance of‚ Look Of
Love‚ on his Grammy-nominated live DVD is a favorite among his
listeners), but Sy continues to gain new fans in the trenches of the
underground scene touring with acts like The Foreign Exchange
and Orgone. And even more recently, she’s teamed up with Sheila E. and the Escovedo Family, providing them with her well-known supportive vocals and vibrant energy. She pushes her own boundaries in duo shows with her recently-found musical brother Zo! (The Foreign Exchange), and in their
dynamic duo shows, Sy can be seen not only manipulating her own vocals
with self-controlled effects pedals, she is also playing synth bass.
Calling her a triple threat is truly an understatement. Sy has been a featured guest and/or co-star on The Monique Show, The Tonight Show (sitting in with The Rickey Minor Band), DC’s Fox Morning News, Chicago’s WGN Midday Show, and
even on CBS’ HowI Met Your Mother. She is no stranger to
television. She was a special guest performer at Constitution Hall
for the Horatio Algers Awards with a full orchestra and
mass choir backing her as she awed the audience with stunning gowns and
a level of extravaganza that had yet been unseen in that annual gala. Sy has also written songs for Macy Gray, Carlos Santana, Ronny Jordan, Brand New Heavies, Gerald Albright and Mya among others. Sy’s easy elegance, professional stature, impressive resume and refusal to stand stagnant has garnered her the title of “the hardest working woman in underground soul.” But she’s determined to surpass that in 2012. She’s going for the crown.