DWAYNE SMITTY SMITH
Smitty’s talent and love for his craft demanded something bigger. He knew that if music was going to be his life, he had to leave and go where the opportunities were, so off to Los Angeles he went! Smitty burst onto the scene and immediately began playing in the local clubs. It wasn’t long before his gift and unique style was sought after by local and national artists alike. He began playing with the likes of George Howard, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Anita Baker, Teena Marie, Natalie Cole, Kirk Whalum, Rachelle Ferrell, Tom Jones and 7 years with the legendary Isley Brothers. He went on to play on countless recordings with such artist as Will Downing, Ledisi, Paul Taylor, Maysa, Lalah Hathaway, Najee, Laura Izibor, the Frankie Beverly “Tribute”, Chante Moore and many others. As a writer, Smitty earned his first gold record for co-writing Boney James’ “Without A Doubt” on Boney’s Seduction album.
Smitty’s career expanded and he began to play and collaborate on music for many sitcoms such as Sister Sister, South Central, Thea and Matt Waters, just to name a few. His movie credits include “Ali” starring Will Smith.
For 13 years, Smitty was the music director for the benefit concert “Starlight Jazz Serenade”, which supports Hands for Hope, a non-profit organization committed to free after school programs for at-risk youth in the North Hollywood area. Under his stewardship the event featured Norman Brown, Peter White, Boney James and the iconic georg Duke.
With all of his accomplishments, his greatest joy comes when he is able to be a part of the music team at his home church.
Smitty’s first CD “This Is Me” is an expression of Smitty’s heart and personality, putting his bass out front on every single song on the album. His current CD, “Stories” not only represents how Smitty’s music has evolved, but every song has a back-story that chronicles his life and career. “Stories” is for the urban jazz lover, the smooth jazz lover, the straight ahead jazz lover - it is for MUSIC lovers. He was blessed to have artists Kirk Whalum, Wayne Linsey, and musicians Oscar Seaton, Tim Gant and Darrell Crooks collaborate with him on this project. It’s fresh and relevant music for 2013! Both of his solo projects have signature tributes to music legends: “This is Me” honored Stevie Wonder with a very creative arrangement of “Can’t Help It” that featured Will Downing and “Stories” honors Miles Davis with an amazing arrangement of “So What” with soulful horn arrangements by Kirk Whalum. Both projects give honor to God with “Amazing Grace” on “This is Me” and “Love You Lord” on “Stories”.
Dwayne Smitty Smith's career has spanned more than two decades and has included every facet of the industry, as well as being the founder of Big Yungn Music Company. Smitty is excited about the release of his newest record and the next leg of this amazing journey. Smitty can surely say “I have not worked a day in my life because I was blessed to make a living doing what I love!”