Richard Smith-Beverly
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Richard Smith-Beverly

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Apr
03
Richard Smith-Beverly @ Arts Bank, The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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A native of the suburbs of Maryland, rising new talent Richard Smith-Beverly grew up in the small community of Yale Heights located along the outskirts of Baltimore. A singer/songwriter, composer, and arranger he obtained his formal training early in his career - singing in the youth choir at church, his school choir, and the gospel choir. He began songwriting at the age of 10 and began training as a vocalist at 12. At the tender age of 13, he was accepted to the prestigious Baltimore School for Arts, and trained there as a classical vocalist, under the tutelage of Joyce Hubbard, Robert Cantrell, Loretta Young, and the late Charles Richardson. There, he trained four years learning to sing in Italian, French, and German. Two years later, at 15 he appeared in his first professional musical, Carmen Jones, at the historic Arena Players - the show made history as the highest grossing musical to ever run at the theater. After graduating high school, he attended Catonsville Community College and briefly performed with jazz trumpeter and recording artist Dontae Winslow.
He has performed in several competitions during high school and he has received numerous awards. To name a few he was honored by the Delta-Theta Sorority as the 1999 recipient for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts. The same year he won the Silver Medal in the NAACP Act-So Competition as a classical vocalist, and the previous year he claimed the Bronze in the competition. In addition to Italian, German, and French, Richard can also sing in Spanish, Hindi, and Shona (a native African language). He is skilled in singing in different styles ranging from classical to musical theater to contemporary pop.
His major influences as a singer are Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston. His influences as a composer and arranger range from Beethoven to Quincy Jones to Missy Elliot. His music has a unique texture that can’t be reproduced. It is a blend of Classical, Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop. He has performed at several outlets here in Philadelphia including the Soul Sanctuary and the Rotunda. He has touched audiences in inexpressible ways, after performing “A House Is Not A Home” one audience member said, “ You made me go back in my mind to a time when I was with my ex-boyfriend!” To say the least his singing has left audiences speechless. A candidate for a B.A. in Music Composition, he is currently going into his senior year at the University of the Arts. After graduating college he plans to pursue a career as a producer and recording artist.