Check out the Awesome Interview I had with KSUN 95.9 Promoting the New 'Circles' EP!

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 Check Out the New Official Lyric Video for My Single "Alright".

Now on YouTube!

Join me at Tyrone Square Mall In St.Pete for my first headlining show! It's going to be a blast! The details can be found in the Calendar column.

My New Single "Forty-Three" Just got played on 104.7 Kiss FM Radio!

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Check Out the New Acoustic video of Jimmie's single "Control" on Youtube!

Filmed by Jimmie Smith, Randall Biechler, and Robert Lewis

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The New EP "Circles" is Out Now!

Jimmie Smith’s highly anticipated EP has recently been released on multiple musical platforms both physical and mechanical.  His signature sound encapsulates a modern wave of R&B music meshed with unique/vivid soundscapes, conceptualized songwriting faculties and aural fortitude embodied into the melodic compositions. The detailed components cannot be overlooked as they give Smith’s music unprecedented frequencies that resonate at an advanced level.  Jimmie Smith’s new EP– in stores now if you want to hear great, conscious music that is leading this genre in the right direction!

9/1/2017 "Forty-Three" Single Review

A spiritual soothing of the soul with the ability to sway your hips at the same time.

That’s one of the things that came to mind with Florida-based R&B/Pop artist Jimmie Smith‘s single “Forty Three”. A groovy R&B song that immediately showcases a feel-good nature from the components of the initial beat and vocal melodies that really display the defining factors of this track altogether. Every melody fits perfectly with the song’s key signature and leaves plenty of room for Smith to bring his vocal talent’s impressive range to the forefront, which gives this song high likability factors.

Though Smith presents himself with his own signature sound, you can hear influences ranging from industry powerhouse artists such as: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Major Lazer, Bryson Tiller, and more. 

Jimmie Smith is an extremely gifted artist pushing the envelope of possibilities through distinct musical innovation. He possesses a hybrid approach to his music that remains authentic to his overall vision of a self-motivated prodigy navigating through the epitomes of the ever-changing music industry. And that’s a crucial factor among today’s artists. Because Smith is an artist that seems to understand that paying your dues and getting hands-on with the industry is very significant, and I believe that fact alone puts the up & coming artist ahead of the game, as opposed to a lot of artists these days that believe fame is an overnight endeavor (AKA “Tunnel Vision”).
“Forty Three” is a soul-soother and hip-mover all rolled up in one rhythmic package with all the right components; melody, harmony, authenticity, and god-given talent that isn’t covered up or altered by post-production theatrics. It’s the perfect song to listen to if discovering Jimmie Smith for the first time, and it’s also a breath of fresh air that a song like this isn’t drowned in auto-tune or any kind of genre-bending. It’s a brilliant song utilizing elements of R&B, Soul, Vibe, and Hip Hop ingredients, making “Forty Three” a Number One favorite!

8/25/2017 Circles EP Review

I had the opportunity to review Jimmie Smith's EP, Circles, and I must say that it is a breath of fresh air. Just from a few listens of this EP, I was instantly sucked in by its vibrant and soulful energy. Circles is very short, concise and straight-to-the-point with no room for filler material, just like a quality EP should be.

The EP starts off with "I'm Sorry" which has a style that seems to incorporate reggae, salsa and merengue. It's a song that can definitely encourage anyone to get on the dance floor. Jimmie has a unique voice and his singing blends in perfectly with this melodic beat.

The next song "Alright" has a very smooth but trance-like R&B sound that starts off with Jimmie singing the hook. After that he goes in rapper mode which automatically brings you in with his cadence, flow and witty lyrics and wordplay. He's at home on the track rapping just as much as he is singing. This song is a marriage made in heaven when it comes to combining hip hop and R&B.

"Craig (XXXTentacion Cover)"comes in next and it's not necessarily a song, but more like an interlude. It's got an old school funk type of sound that is low-key but hard-hitting at the same time. Jimmie sings on there for a little over a minute and then the song/interlude stops. It gives the EP some breathing room while putting you in a place where you want more.

"Don't Try Me" can probably pass for "I'm Sorry pt.2." This is more of a ballad that has a smooth but upbeat jazzy sound. It sounds like a reggae artist was sampled for this track. Jimmie's vocals remain powerful and focused as he flawlessly sings his heart out on this song. This is the type of track you can listen to in the summer while driving with the windows down and watching the sunset.

Last but not least "Forty-Three" ends this EP off with a song that can be a Top 40 hit. Just like the rest of the songs on Circles, this song is very radio-friendly. Jimmie returns for some more rapping this time around, but he made it count and it added a nice break from the singing. He was very quick, witty and in the pocket with his raps.

Circles is definitely worth a listen for anyone who is yearning for music that is refreshing. In an era where there is a clusterfuck of people trying to make it in the music industry, this EP is a body of work that helps cut through the noise. Circles is a love letter full of introspection and charm combined with style that is vibrant and robust in energy.


8/25/2017 Jimmie Smith Interview

 1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?

The initial love for writing songs is what made me want to do music. Throughout my life, I found myself quitting sports and other frivolous hobbies, but something that always seemed to stick was music! I was always in the band. I was always in musical theater. I was always noodling on my guitar thinking of song concepts and melodies. Music was always there for me. As for influences, I don't think I had any. I never looked at any one artist and thought "I want to be like him/her". Although recently, my guilty pleasure has been Vaporwave/ Future Funk, so you could say that I take influence from the "modern" 80's era.

2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don't get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
Standing out takes collaboration. Behind every great act is a great team. I plan on building my team to be the best it can, because I'm only as good as the ones who support me.

3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?

For me, It doesn't really matter. Major label or not, as long as I get to do what I love, I'm on board.

4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
Rather as seeing one part of the music industry as "dying", I see it as "evolving". 

5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
Access to the internet has changed the music industry around the world, I agree, but there are also avenues for those who are more traditional and prefer to buy CD's or vinyl. Streaming has become extremely popular, which polarized the industry for sure. For any musician, it's all about being as accessible as humanly possible, whether it be through social media or the local Wal-Mart.

6.) What is the most difficult thing you've had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?

Homelessness. Being homeless was probably the scariest thing for me. On the new single "Alright" Off the Circles EP, I explain my struggle about running away from home at 17 after learning my parents didn't accept my sexuality. I explain the struggle with child protective services and the impact it had on me as a teen. In the end, it really helped me connect to my music again, in which I'm so grateful for.

7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as "sell-outs." Do you see it that way and if so, what do plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to "sell out"?
Music is an incredibly tough industry to break into, so I can understand the concept of selling out. Then again, most people prefer not to think when they listen to music. They either want to relax, or dance, or grieve; whatever it may be. Music is emotional, and people want to hear something that makes them feel an emotion. Sorry, but a six movement masterpiece isn't going to make it on the top 40 charts. I don't see myself as a sell out because I do what I enjoy. If I don't enjoy it, I won't do it; simple as that.

8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?
From listening to music, I want people to learn who I am as a person. As an extreme introvert, I have a hard time expressing myself. As for music, that comes naturally to me; I can tell a story and let the world hear it, and I'll be satisfied knowing it was a personal piece of me in every lyric.