Vocalist, producer, and composer Sy Smith is a woman who clearly understands the purity and vision of both her music and career. The Washington, D.C. native has taken the music of Go-Go from her hometown and taken it along with hip-hip, soul, jazz, funk, techno, and some electronica and created her own niche. Hailed as “The Underground Queen of R & B and Soul,” Sy’s career has taken off due to her heavy underground following from fans all over the world and the fact she’s recorded the projects that she’s wanted to record without the rigamarole of the major record labels forcing her to record music that isn’t her.
Her four releases: “Psykosoul,” “The Syberspace Social,” “Conflict,” and her latest “Fast and Curious,” produced by Mark de Clive-Lowe, is soul music for the future. Each release, including her latest, has been a outward, music forward approach to her view on the music for this decade and beyond. On “Fast and Curious” Sy goes back the R & B’s real dance music roots paying a homage to Billy Ocean with a remake of his classic “Nights(Feel Like Getting Down) with vocalist Rahsaan Patterson. The disc’s sound is in remembrance of the great bands like Zapp, Midnight Starr, Atlantic Star, and George Clinton.
Sy’s unique 5-octave vocal range has drawn comparisons great soul vocalists Syreeta Wright and Minnie Riperton.
For well over a decade Sy has sung background and lead for a cadre of artists ranging from Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Chris Botti, Whitney Houston, Eric Benet, Brandy, The Brand New Heavies, and Usher just to name a few. She was also provided back-up vocals for the hit show “American Idol” which was on Fox.
Look for Sy to go on tour this summer and fall on the Authenticity Tour with the group Foreign Exchange. For upcoming tour dates or to order her latest disc “Fast and Curious,” visit Sy online at sysmith.com and facebook.com/sysmithmusic.