Sy Smith: Too Fast, Too Curious

It took Sy Smith four years to make it back into the studio to record another album. You’ll have to excuse her, she was a little busy; there was this little show called American Idol she worked on, tours with Chris Botti and The Foreign Exchange, a live album, and somehow, she found the time to get married. She definitely lives life at a breakneck pace, so it should come as no surprise that her latest album is titled Fast & Curious.

Listening to the party in her head, she connected with Mark de Clive Lowe to bring her vision to music. That vision–which resembled a rainforest–is a break from her norm as she delves into electro-soul, and with amazing results. The freedom that Sy Smith possesses allows her to go into the studio and create an album that sounds completely different than anything we’ve ever heard, yet maintains the authentically soulful sound that her friends have come to love over the past decade or so. That’s not an easy undertaking, nor is it a move many artists are bold enough to take.

There’s something about Sy Smith that everyone seems to get; her talent cannot be confined. Having sung in the shadows of the late Whitney Houston, Brandy, Usher, and a host of others, her name is among the first out of many artists’ mouths, followed by immense praise.  But she’s yet to become a household name, something she’s working extremely hard at. Having gone from D.C. to Hollywood and all points in between, she’s traveled the country and the world over, accumulating applause and influence, while leaving bits of herself for much-anticipated returns.  Each of her preceding albums have displayed the growth of a true artistry.  2008’s Conflict brought her a top-40 R&B hit, “Fly Away With Me”, which was confirmation of her years of dedication.

Back on the road, she connected with ZO! and The Foreign Exchange, and Sheila E. and the Escovedo clan, bringing her funk worldwide while that party in her head started to take shape. Off the road and in the studio, she composed a suite that’s fluid and seamless in its transition from the past to the future as she pays homage to Teena Marie (“Teena: Lovergirl Sybersize”) and gets busy along with Rahsaan Patterson on Billy Ocean’s “Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)”, yet still provides social commentary and preaches the gospel of love all through the album.

Sy Smith is a wife and a daughter. Sy Smith is an artist. Sy Smith is a performer. Sy Smith is nothing less than the truth, a projection of where we’re headed, with the best of where we’ve been. She’s put her music together to help people find their truth through her words over some funky tracks. There’s not much more you can ask for out someone who encompasses so much, except for a little bit more…music that is.

–Al-Lateef Farmer
Between rhetoric and reality is where you’ll find Al-Lateef Farmer; Black man, husband, social documentarian, and slinger of Soul by the pound. His brand of social commentary, rooted in independent thought can be found athttp://www.worldaccording2teef.comand on Twitter @wrldacrdng2teef.

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