Indie Soul Artist Sy Smith to give online concert – Quarantunes

Written by on March 17, 2020

Indie Soul super-vocalist Sy Smith is set to give us the medicine we need as the world shuts down in the face of Covid-19 – an online concert.

Thursday March 19, Sy Smith presents “Quarantune” – a soulful acoustic set featuring Sy and her musical friends, Kyle Bolden on guitar, and Chad Wright on percussion.

According to her Facebook music page @sysmithmusic, the concert will stream on her music page. ” Mark ya calendars, set ya clocks, have ya headphones ready.” Sy says. “I will be raising money for an organization that’s important to me (a performing arts foundation for young musicians/performers here in Los Angeles). If you plan to watch, I’m counting on you (and the honor system) to chip in whatever you can. Please do this anytime between now and Thursday. No amount is too small.”

About Sy Smith

Sy Smith has long since solidified her place in the world of underground soul music (she’s often called “the hardest working woman in underground soul”). This Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer helped cultivate the nu-soul scene in that city more than 10 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 Smith’s own band line-ups (including Thundercat and Kamasi Washington). Her catalog includes 5 studio albums, with contributions from a who’s who of producers (James Poyser of The Roots, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Nicolay of The Foreign Exchange). All 5 of her albums, including her brand new project  “Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete” have been heralded by critics around the world for Smith’s lyrical dexterity, her vocal whimsy (often colored with a very distinctive rhythmic swing that’s all her own) and her ability to spin a story like few others in soul music. Listeners often remark on Smith’s vocal range, which moves effortlessly from a speakeasy, gritty alto all the way to a stratospheric soprano whistle register reminiscent of the late Minnie Riperton.


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