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"The Wig Fits All Heads"

Brenda David is one of the most complete singer-songwriters to come along in awhile; her lyrics are compelling and provocative, delivering them with restrained power and emotional grace. "Call Your Name" could very well have been written by Bruce Springsteen for one of his solo albums. "When I'm Gone" is reminiscent of Melissa Etheridge, but with a funky edge. That all being said, David never comes across as a copycat or wanna-be. Her voice is her canvas, her lyrics are her brushes, and she paints glorious pictures when those two meet. Some artists write songs that might teach the listener a little bit about themselves. Some artists write songs that are a direct reflection of themselves. Brenda David manages to accomplish both without sacrificing any of the fun and excitement of her music. She could be played in many situations whether it be study time or dinner parties, drive time or night-time relaxation. She is the total package.
- by Karla Ash

"Entertaining U"

Attending Brenda's sold out show was like stepping into a wormhole vortex, materializing at a Vegas hotel nightclub. It was, unequivocally, a spectacular showcase with the best of the best musicians in the region on stage.

For the Better part of Me sessions, Brenda wrote the lyrics and music, collaborating with her husband Richard Smith, who penned one of the songs on the album. This CD represents Brenda's deeply personal musical expressions of her life and includes a song about the women in Afghanistan titled Behind the Veil.

On the Atlantic Theatre stage was a legion of seasoned musicians, including Mike Maple on drums. Richard Smith (Brenda's husband) on bass, Mark Dennison on guitar keyboards and vocals, Brian Greene on acoustic guitar, keyboard and vocals, Kevin Banks on guitar, bass, mandolin, sitar and keyboard, Kelley Rees on backing vocals, Denis Marion on trumpet, Rebecca Zapen on violin, Linda Minke on cello and Eric Moore on keyboards.

Rebecca Zapen shined on a couple of songs during which she was a featured soloist.. Of course, Kevin Banks smoked with his brilliant guitar work. Mike Maple, who I consider to be one of the two best drummers in the southeast and the planet, was cooking with great beat. Richard and Brian from Three Way Street are already tight from playing together so much, so they were stand-outs in Brenda's musical army. Brenda looked drop dead gorgeous and her voice was unwaveringly strong and confident. She communicated well with the sold out audience, which included many friends, fans and collaborators.. Brenda's songs are eclectic in scope and fall somewhere into a blues influenced pop spectrum. I liked all of Brenda's songs but favored Letters to Rebecca, Behind the Veil, and Restless Hearts. I also loved the title cut and Come in from the Rain.

The album is impeccably mixed and mastered. Brenda could take her 10 piece band and book gigs in Vegas – really!

- Rick Grant

"Erasing Clouds"

Right from the very first track, Brenda David's Be...
Right from the very first track, Brenda David's Better Part of Me wraps the listener up with her silky voice and smooth grooves. Her incredibly honest delivery of these first-class songs gives you the feeling that she has known you all of your life. Somehow she seems to know your most personal secrets that you never would have told anyone but your own soul mate. Yet from the knowing sensuousness of "Come In From the Rain" to the declaration of eternal companionship in "I'll Be the One," you will come away with the feeling that you somehow have known her as well for a very long time. Aside from the songs themselves, I found myself re-listening to the whole album for the subtle, yet awe-inspiring musicianship. Nothing overpowered or overshadowed anything in the production. The guitars (especially on "Second Chance"), violins, and drums were all extremely complimentary to each other as well as to the songs themselves. I highly recommend giving Brenda David a listen. You might just discover a better part of yourself. -

- Michael Sutton

"Cafe Beat"

Immediately captivating, enrapturing, and addictive, Brenda David has delivered an amazing album. More than just a mere collection of songs, Better Part of Me flows like a mighty and powerful river with a timeless story of love.

Brenda knows her voice well, a fact that is apparent from the very first note. Over years of intent practice of technique she has honed her voice into a finely crafted instrument. Her versatility through many moods and styles is nothing short of phenomenal. The ultimate effect of her singing is that it makes you feel good, comfortable, at ease, pleased with the moment, and glad that you are listening.

Equally impressive is Brenda's songwriting talent. She writes masterfully in genres that span from Bluegrass to Rock to Jazz to Caribbean to Gospel and more. Her lyrics spring true from the heart, immaculately match the music, and never fail to capture the soul.

Her songs continuously evolve from beginning to end with many refreshing twists and turns.

How many albums can you name where you love every song? This album has earned that distinction for me. And, it leaves me wanting to hear more.

The backing group is comprised of seasoned professionals with a knack for playing exactly the right phrase at the right time. I kept catching myself saying, "Yes, that's what goes there. And, "Wow, that was unexpected but… Wow."

Better Part Of Me – A relaxed Caribbean feel, island rhythm with acoustic guitars and a violin that interweaves seamlessly. There is an amazing burst from the bass, a short articulation that fits flawlessly. Brenda's soft, charismatic voice encourages us all to help our loved ones find their better part and seek it within ourselves.

Second Chance – "You know that you have never felt more alive," sings Brenda in this rocking tune. It is very lively tune with a marvelous blend of acoustic guitar, pizzicato strings, flowing bass, and fuzzy electric guitar.

Call Your Name – A tune that transports the listener to the Smoky Mountains where bluegrass songs pass down lessons from the past. Guitars strum and pick, a fiddle accents, and a National flattop slides in support of impeccable vocals.

When I'm Gone – A torrid torch song of the rejected lover – she flames her ex exquisitely -- with elegant smoky lyrics and an infectious chorus hook where Brenda laments,
"You're gonna be missin' me,
All those nights of kissin' me,
All those nights of holding me,
You're gonna miss me,
When I'm gone."

Come In From The Rain – A strong woman waits in a warm, dry emotional home summoning that you "come in from the rain, when it all pours down on you." Don't we all create our own downpours from time to time… some of us make a habit of it.

Beyond The Vail -- Gypsy fiddle, Sitar sounding guitar and an acoustic guitar reminiscent of Johnny Cash doing Ghost Rider's In The Sky give this song a haunting aura. The lyrics are a poetic masterpiece. Like all great poetry, each who hears this song will see their own images and take away their own meaning.

I'll Be The One – It is a lucky person, indeed, that experiences the depth of love that Brenda exudes, starting with "We don't know our destiny…" and promising, "When forever comes I'll still be the one loving you."

Restless Hearts – direct from the Billie Holiday era. Piano vamp, true, real, understated, playing exactly what needs to be there, nothing more, nothing less. The absorbing vocal performance of Ms. David brings this song alive.

Letters To Rebecca – I didn't get this message at first. This song completes the story like the final chapter in a great novel. The message that I received was that love and faith prevail over all.

Every element of this album is extraordinarily well done. Instruments were expertly recorded with clarity and precision, impeccably mixed and mastered with loving, caring ears. Photography, artwork, and packaging are all top shelf. She even included the lyrics in the liner notes. Too many songwriters forget this important element. It is all about the words, about connecting with the listener. It is that attention to detail in every aspect of production makes this one of the best independent albums ever.

Experience this album and you will understand that Brenda David has arrived, and not a moment too soon.

Become a fan at,

- Armond Blackwater

"Ink 19 music magazine"

Brenda David approaches music with the seasoned sk...
Brenda David approaches music with the seasoned skills of a longtime vet. Her voice exudes self-confidence and charm and not false sentimentality or forced angst. And although she branches out into different styles on this CD, her singing follows a straightforward path of jazz-styled chill-out calmness.
She never gets overly emotional even on a topic as sad and shocking as
The Muslim women who are forced to live their lives with their faces covered and their rights severed ("Behind the Veil").

Co-produced by David herself, this is a polished, classy affair aching
for major-label status. With the rise of online marketing, we are seeing more unsigned solo acts renting quality studio time and surrounding themselves with top-notch talent. David is easily among the best of the current crop. On "Call Your Name," David presents herself as a country girl with a spiritual heart and a poet's eye for imagery: "It rolls in like thunder/Settles in like rain/A mist against the window/Thoughts gathered on the pane/Against the darkness of the night." Yes, the lady can write as well as she can sing.

There's a bit of roots rock in David, and of all the chameleon shape
shifting she does I find myself enjoying that part of her the best,
which takes hold on "When I'm Gone" and "Come In From the Rain." I have
a soft spot for jangling guitars, and it's refreshing to hear a shot of
Americana sung by a woman.
On the title cut, David slips into a jazz mood, and while her laidback vocals seem best suited for that, she has no problems at all adjusting to the mood swings of her muse.

- Kyrby Raine

"All About Jazz"

Singer/songwriter Brenda David may shuffle the dec...
Singer/songwriter Brenda David may shuffle the deck when it comes to musical genres, but the one constant is her icy cool and radio-friendly voice, which is ideal for jazz but also suits her well in her stylistic juggling act.

David introduces herself to us with the sultry Latin jazz of the title track. Plush acoustic strings are caressed by the warmth of David's singing, opening the record on a vibrant, sensual note. "Second Chance," recalls the laid-back Adult Contemporary pop of Michael McDonald. David is simply an artist who is exploring the possibilities of pop music.
David's vocals remain soulful; even when aiming to be playfully detached, as on the jazz track "Restless Hearts," her voice has a bittersweet quality that transcends genre.
To achieve the album's eclectic approach, David is engagingly supported by violins, cellos, trumpets, and even sitar on "Behind the Veil," a Middle Eastern-flavored cut. With all of the creative experimentation on Better Part of Me, ironically it is David's songwriting that probably leaves the most indelible mark.

- All About Jazz

"Radio Stations"

Neon Productions Radio UK ...
Neon Productions Radio UK
Super Country Hits.Com Restless Hearts United States
RTV Nunspeet Better Part of Me Netherlands
WLLO-LPFM Behind the Veil United States
Dioni Piatkowski JAZZ RADIO fm - Poland
William jervis Radio Lu - Luxembourg
Tony Bates Highlands 100.7FM - Australia
Lynn Wells / Geof Cartledge West Gippsland Community Radio - Australia
Terry Neal Radio Logan Inc 101FM - Australia
Constantin Sieg Radio Unerhört Marburg - Germany
Kurt K. Gabriel ECMA Radio - Austria
Kerstin Kröger Radio Kanal Ratte Schopfheim - Germany
Carlos Fernandez Pacin FM Urquiza 91.7MHZ - Argentina
Jason Steen Neoreal Media Tennessee United States
Scott a. Clark BUSRADIO Florida United States
Lucien Knapen Radio VRW - Belgium
WLLO-LPFM Letters to Rebecca United States
Super Country Hits.Com I'll Be the One United States
Rugby hospital radio Better Part of Me United Kingdom
FM-PPL RADIO Call Your Name Germany
Super Country Hits.Com Behind the Veil United States
The Kat & Eye Jukebox Better Part Of Me United States
Rugby hospital radio Letters to Rebecca United Kingdom
FM-PPL RADIO Second Chance Germany
FM-PPL RADIO Better Part of Me Germany
CD Reviews by You When I'm Gone Canada
WLLO-LPFM Call Your Name United States
Rugby hospital radio Restless Hearts United Kingdom
BCB 106.6fm Letters to Rebecca United Kingdom
Super Country Hits.Com When I'm Gone United States
CD Reviews by You Call Your Name Canada
Rugby hospital radio I'll Be the One United Kingdom
BCB 106.6fm Behind the Veil United Kingdom
Super Country Hits.Com Call Your Name United States
CD Reviews by You Second Chance Canada
BCB 106.6fm Come In From the Rain United Kingdom
CD Reviews by You Better Part of Me Canada
BCB 106.6fm When I'm Gone United Kingdom
Billboard Station Japan
Kic Fm UK
RedStar UK
One Louder Radio
BCB 106.6fm Call Your Name United Kingdom
CD Reviews by You Letters to Rebecca Canada
Super Country Hits.Com Second Chance United States
Super Country Hits.Com Better Part of Me United States
CD Reviews by You Come In From the Rain Canada
Neon Productions Radio Letters To Rebecca United Kingdom
Super Country Hits.Com Come In From the Rain United States
BCB 106.6fm Second Chance United Kingdom
Neon Productions Radio Better Part of Me United Kingdom
Super Country Hits.Com Letters to Rebecca United States
CD Reviews by You Restless Hearts Canada
Neon Productions Radio Call Your Name United Kingdom
Rugby hospital radio Behind the Veil United Kingdom
CD Reviews by You I'll Be the One Canada
BCB 106.6fm Better Part of Me United Kingdom
CD Reviews by You Behind the Veil Canada
Neon Productions Radio Restless Hearts United Kingdom
Radio Oestsjaelland
Along the Navajo Trail
Radio ALFA
BBC Radio Scotland
Neon Productions Radio I'll Be the One United Kingdom
Rugby hospital radio Come in from the Rain United Kingdom
Better part of me Toni Hills 101FM - Australia
Rugby hospital radio Second Chance United Kingdom
BCB 106.6fm Restless Hearts United Kingdom
Better part of me Keith Bissett 2XXFM - Australia
Graham J Barclay Soundwave FM - New Zealand
Kenny Wako Joy Radio 89.6FM - Central African Republic
John Heintze Radio 3MBR-FM - Australia
Rob van alberda radio e-fm - Netherlands
Chrissy Rasmussen 101FM Radio Logan - Australia
Rugby hospital radio When I'm Gone United Kingdom
Michael Criddle Triple H-FM - Australia
Graham Lewis North Norfolk Radio - United Kingdom
Rugby hospital radio Call Your Name United Kingdom
Radio Risor
Vasja Ivanovski 94.1 FM RADIO 2 - Macedonia
Geoff Melton The Music Korner Pennsylvania United States
Paul van Kuik Radio 0162 Dongen - Netherlands
Vasja Kozlovsky 94.1 FM RADIO 2 Minsk - Belarus
Radio Rhein Welle
Kristall Radio
Stuart Hamilton Zeitgeist /UK / Space Rock - United Kingdom
Kate Klein KMUD KMUE KLAI FM California United States
John Ziegler KUMD FM Minnesota United States
Dick Hughes Jazz Action Productions - Australia
Radio Kanal Ratte Schopfheim Germany
ECMA Radio Austria
Radio Unerhört Marburg Germany
Celtica Radio
4 Q Radio
Radio Stars
Radio Stars
The Hillz Radio
Lime Light Radio
Bornholms Stemme
Neon Productions Radio Behind the Veil United Kingdom
Danko Radio
Streaming Radio
Neon Productions Radio Come In From the Rain United Kingdom
BCB 106.6fm I'll be the One United Kingdom
Neon Productions Radio When I'm Gone United Kingdom
WPKN/WPKM F.M. Bridgeport, Ct, United States
"General Eclectic" WCVF-FM Fredonia, NY USA
Pierre Gerard Planete Indie Belgium
UK Radio - 92.5FM Better Part Of Me United Kingdom 2007-06-07 02:46:40
Radio Merkury Poznan Poland

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Better Part of Me
China Sky



Mr & Mrs Smith perform as a duo, trio and full band providing a wide scope of musical entertainment variety. We provide entertainment for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, poolside/deck parties, cocktail parties, birthday/anniversary celebrations, etc. We understand that the musical tastes of a variety of different demographic groups comprise these forms of events and we pride ourselves in our ability to provide the proper form of entertainment for any group. We provide state of the art equipment and only the most professional musicians and techs. We understand that upbeat does not equal loud and loud does not equal good. With an extensive songlist in a wide variety of genres, we can easily transition from background, listening music to high energy dance music, with something to please everyone and without excessive volume. Our extensive list of satisfied customers includes The Ritz Carlton, The Ginn Hammock Resort, The Sawgrass Marriott, The Ponte Vedra Inn, etc.
We are always available for our clients and strive to exceed your expectations. We look forward to working with you at your next event!
phone: (904) 631-5829

Since her debut in 1989, Florida musician Brenda David has connected with audiences around the world through her soulful performances and personal lyrics. Brenda has released two award-winning, original music albums, recieving extensive radio play on 6 continents and topping Billboard charts in Europe. Brenda wrote the lyrics and music for the original songs, collaborating also with co-producer and husband Richard Smith.

With a music career that has spanned more than 3 decades, Richard Smith continues to wow audiences with his silky smooth vocals and expert musicianship. He began singing and playing guitar at the age of 5 and launched his professional music career when he was just 17.
In 1988 Smith was signed to a record deal with CBS records. The self titled debut release China Sky was met with rave reviews and international success. The album is now considered a mega rare collector's item.
Richard and Brenda currently reside in Jacksonville Beach, Florida where they continue to record, produce, write, and perform their music.