When Sy Smith is not on the road with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti (which isn't often, they play about 200+ shows a year), she likes to bring her own unique sound to cities like Los Angeles, NYC, and Chicago. She's pleased to return home to DC and to Blues Alley. Experience An Evening With Sy Smith: Queen of Underground Soul
This Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter has been dubbed by her peers as the "queen of underground soul”. Sy Smith is considered one of the leaders of the indie soul movement (having released 5 CDs/3 EPs/1 DVD), plus she’s recorded and/or toured with some of the biggest names in R&B, hip-hop and jazz (Whitney Houston, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Foreign Exchange, Sheila E. and Pete Escovedo to name a few). Since 2015, she’s performed tributes to Ella Fitzgerald at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Toronto’s Massey Hall and more. In 2018 she released her long-awaited 5th studio project - "Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete" - which she wrote & produced entirely herself, gaining 3 nominations from SoulTracks.com and earning placements in several music bloggers’ Best Of 2018 lists. Sy also co-wrote and was featured on Chris Dave & The Drumhedz’ 2019 Grammy-nominated self-titled album. She currently tours with Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti and is featured prominently in his 2018 PBS special/album “Great Performances” wowing audiences with her range (which effortlessly goes from whimsical/romantic mezzo-soprano, to a soul-stirring whistle-tone).
She is thrilled to return to her hometown of Washington, DC for this very special pre-Valentine’s Day weekend at Blues Alley!