Q&A// CONFLICT, LOVE AND NO REGRETS: SY SMITHPublished by Krysten Hughes on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm.
Known as one of the hardest working women in show biz, Sy Smith has been on the move! Her third studio album, Conflict, which was released in 2008, is simply one of the many accomplishments in her roll of credentials. The beautiful, talented soul singer has since managed to shoot and release six videos, played in a number of cities alongside Chris Botti, performed as a soloist, and is currently the Secretary for the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy while working as a backing vocalist in this season’s American Idol. She does it, and she does it well!
I had a chance to catch up with Sy and get the goods on everything from her latest project to her love life! Check it out…
Krysten Hughes: What’s happening with the featured production and guest appearances on your latest project?
Sy Smith: I’m releasing an EP with progressive electronica/dance producer Mark de Clive Lowe in the late spring of 2010. It’s really an interesting project for me, very upbeat, lots of technical vocal stuff, lyrics clearly indicating that I’m in love these days. I’ve been wanting to do some progressive dance music, but I wanted to be sure that musically, the production was interesting and not sound like techno. I’ve always loved that good ole’ Mark de Clive Lowe provided just that type of sound! Plus we did a remake of a UK cult classic of sorts called “Messages In The Stars” which is such a fun tune!
Krysten Hughes: So, you’re in love these days! Will there be marriage or children in the near future?
Sy Smith: Yes, I’m engaged! My fiance, Shawn Carter Peterson is an actor/filmmaker, and directed 3 of my videos. Children? Good grief. That’s going too far [Laughs].
Krysten Hughes: You recently went on the Mo’Nique Show, (which airs weeknights at 11 PM/10C on BET). What was that like?
Sy Smith: It was more fun than anything. Mo’ is such a lovely spirit and she’s so Baltimore, I love it! Her partner, Rodney, is hilarious! The band is killin’, I had a blast.
Krysten Hughes: Any regrets in the way you started out in the industry, or things that you would do over in terms of relationships with labels or music executives?
Sy Smith: Like I say in the song “Conflict” – I’m “trying to live without regrets.” I am staying true to that.
Sy’s most recent video release from Conflict is “B-Side Love Affair”, a photo-animated piece directed and conceptualized by Phetogo Tshepo Mashasha of South Africa. I happen to love this video! Check it out!
Check out Sy Smith’s upcoming tour schedule:
April 6 – Osaka, Japan (w/ Chris Botti)
April 8 – Honolulu, HI (w/ Chris Botti)
April 15 – Los Angeles (Baldwin Hills Plaza – Center Court)