Dwayne 'Smitty' Smith

Dwayne 'Smitty' Smith

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandJazzAdult Contemporary

Bassist; Producer; Arranger; Songwriter; Recording Artist - His musical style is smooth, funky, soulful music, with intoxicating grooves that draw you in for a nice ride; music for music lovers - urban, smooth and straight ahead jazz lovers! His CDs, "This Is Me" and "Stories" are must haves!

Biography

Dwayne Smitty Smith, affectionately known as Smitty is a multi-talented bassist, writer and producer.  He is one of the most sought after and respected musicians of our day. In addition to being one of the top session and touring bass players in the country, he has two solo projects to his credit: This is Me, his 2005 debut CD, which was listed in the top 10 on Tower Records New Artist List and received rave reviews and Stories, his 2013 sophomore project, which is currently available and has receive wide acclaim as well.

Raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Smitty has made his home in Los Angeles, California for the past 25 years working with such artist as:  Anita Baker, Teena Marie, Natalie Cole, Kirk Whalum, Rachelle Ferrell, Tom Jones, Leon Ware, Jeffrey Osborne, Will Downing, Ledisi, Laura Izibor, Kem, Cherrelle, Chante Moore, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Brenda Russell, Boney James, George Howard, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Peter White, Greg Adams, Michael Lington, and 7 years with the legendary Isley Brothers.  

He has also played on countless recordings with such artist as Will Downing, Ledisi, Paul Taylor, Maysa, Lalah Hathaway, Najee, Laura Izibor, the Frankie Beverly Tribute CD, Chante Moore, George Howard, Stanley Clarke, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Greg Adams & East Bay Soul, Oli Silk, Kem, Michael Lington, Brian Culbertson, Brian Simpson, Dan Seigel, Birds Of A Feather, Rhythm Logic, Kashif and more.

As a writer, he earned his first gold record for co-writing Boney James' Without A Doubt on Boney's Seduction album. He has also written for such artists and groups as Rhythm Logic, Brian Simpson, Tim Kepler, Ron Brown, Birds Of A Feather, and Oli Silk, to name a few.

Smitty has recorded on various TV many sitcoms such as Sister SisterSouth CentralThea,  Matt Waters and more.. His movie credits include Ali starring Will Smith and Best Man Holiday (with Stanley Clark). 

For the past 14 years, Smitty has served as the musical director for the benefit concert Starlight Jazz Serenade, which supports Hands for Hope, a non-profit organization committed to free after school programs for at-risk youth in the North Hollywood area. He is also a member of East Bay Soul, a funky, soulful band lead by Tower of Power co-founder and trumpeter Greg Adams. With all of his accomplishments, Smitty's greatest joy comes when he is able to be a part of the music team at his home church.

Smitty is founder of Big Yungn Music Company. He has a custom line of Smitty Smith basses which he co-designed with master guitar builder, Yasu Yokote of Performance Guitars in Studio City, California.  

Smitty also endorses TC Electronics bass amps and speakers, Hipshot bass bridges and The Doctors Bags.

He can currently be seen on tour with Boney James, as well as East Bay Soul.

 





Discography


Solo Releases:

"Stories" (Current)
Big Yungn Music

This Is Me (Debut - 2005)
Big Yungn Music

Previous Projects:

East Bay Soul 2.0
East Bay Soul
ZIPA Records


Sweet Talk (2001)
Rhythm Logic
Zebra Records

Rhythm Logic
Rhythm Logic (1999)
Zebra Records

Seduction
Boney James

Stand Together
Birds of A Feather

Urban Jazz Network (T.N.A.F.)
Ron Brown