Magazine article Ebony

Alice Smith

Magazine article Ebony

Alice Smith

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Alice Smith is not your average R&B soul singer. In fact you probably haven't even heard her songs on the radio. Though she's been under the radar for quite a while, she's toured with conscious minded folk singer, Citizen Cope (a.k.a. Clarence Greenwood) and even managed to snag a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Alternative Performance along the way. After well over 100 shows last year, Smith says with her own swagger: "I'm just getting started. I think it's a big deal when L do a show and people have a good time." Smith says. "You can feel in the room that everybody's partying ... and everybodys cool with where they are,"

So who is Alice Smith? She's not the syrupy, artificially waxed template that seems to coat the surface of todays mainstream music. Straight no chaser, Alice Smith's sound is a double shot of the perfect elixir: strong, but still sweet. Imagine Elton John's whimsical melodies, blended with the fierce passion of Queen's Freddy Mercury and the sultry Eartha Kitt singing Kermit The Frog's "Rainbow Connection." Not your average performance made for radio edit. Smith's For Lovers, Dreamers & Me (Epic) is the cocktail recipe for those that still believe music was meant to have a personality without the glittery price of soul-selling showbiz.

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The 30-year-old D.C.-bred songstress re-released all 10 songs from her original 2006 album on indie label BBE. And now that she is gaining popular recognition, Smith remains devoted to giving the album the attention it deserves with show dates coast-to-coast through spring.

"Dream," one of four songs on the album penned from Smith's own songbook, sets the stage for the entire set. The song is an intimate reflection of what love feels like. Not only does the song introduce Smith's powerful four-octave range, but it also demonstrates her ability to thread textures and levels without making the song feel overdone. …

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