Who is John Smith? John grew up in church, created his first band in Jr. High School, played in street bands, performed in talent shows and indoor/outdoor private functions.
As he grew older, John continued to pursue his musical career and developed in many different music genres and plays guitar, trumpet and drums. John’s focus now is on arranging, writing and playing the drums.
John created the group Da’Ja. (The name means “Ready”). Da’Ja had to revamp in 2002. John came up with a new idea to create a new sound. The idea came from the Latin singing-legend Selena. She created a new Latin- Pop sound and John created what is now known as Latin-Funk. John then started to recruit new musicians and they released their first CD “Straight Up John Smith & Da’Ja”.
Da’Ja opened up for such artists as Anita Baker, Chapter 8, Martha Reeves, The Forced MD’s, The Time, Carl Carlton and a host of other artists.
Da’Ja is about building bridges between musical genres, generations, race and culture - past and present. Their second CD “Up & Ready” (2008) is already receiving critical acclaim for its hit single “Lost Chronicals”. Now preparing for their third CD release “Da-Jay” - it is hot!
John Smith and Da’Ja has performed in venues and festivals throughout the country. Look for John Smith & Da’Ja at a venue near you. The group is available for private and public functions. For booking information contact Michael Mills Entertainment Group at (313) 221-3106.
Captain Bar & Grill
Vonnie’s on the River
Bird of Paradise
Judge Mathis Annual Christmas Celebration
Rib & Soul Festival
Motor City Casino
After Work Affairs
World African Festival
Caribbean Jazz Festival
Latin Jazz Festival
The Life of Sam Cooke (New Year’s Eve Party)
Benefit Concert at Dingell Park to raise money for Ecorse-Rouge Food Pantry.
Benefit concert in downtown Detroit for Katrina victims where they raised over $14,000 to aid displaced faimilies.
Healthcare for the Homeless
Festival that was for the homeless that drew about 5,000 people and raised about $100,000.
Education rally that was to support literacy and fine arts in the public schools.
Next Steps to Success
Promoting college education and entreprenuership to grades 4 - 12 around Michigan and Ohio.