Jocelyn B. Smith

Jocelyn B. Smith

Real Name:
Jocelyn Bernadette Smith
Profile:
Vocalist performing all the various syles of Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B and Classical, born 22 August 1960 in Queens, New York.

Jocelyn began with Classical music training on the piano at the age 5 and by age 13, she became interested in popular music such as R&B, Soul, Funk and Jazz, admiring singers Ella Fitzgerald, John Lee Hooker and B.B. King. Although she sang hymns in Latin at her Catholic church choir, she became more interested in the more emotional Gospel music.

Smith's growing interest in popular music lead to her first experiences as a singer in several bands which include Lenny White, singing on his first solo LP Return to Forever and later touring with him in Europe to promote that release. A year later in 1982, Jocelyn toured with the band Change which opened up for Rick James as he toured the United States. In addition, she toured with The Rolling Stones and along with Ellen Foley, she toured as the opening act for Electric Light Orchestra.

In 1984, after a European tour of a "Tribute To The Platters" had ended in Berlin, Jocelyn decides to stay and live there. Smith started working in Berlin clubs with other bands and at the same time worked on studio projects for various artists such as Falco, Alphaville, and Tangerine Dream. Along with the band Frumpy, she took part in concerts at Potsdamer Platz that celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Together with Maceo Parker, Eddie Harris and Candy Dulfer, Smith performed as the Quasimodo Allstars in the jazz club, Quasimodo, but after seven years of being part of someone else's projects, Smith decides to begin a solo career.

After several failed attempts with her band The Married Men in obtaining a record label contract, Smith starts her own and names it Blondell Productions after her mother, in which she finances, records, and produces her first album River that is released in 1991. After touring Germany to promote this title, she releases her second one, Born Of Music one year later which contained contemporary jazz tunes interpreted by Smith and accompanied by a 38-piece orchestra. Although this release drew the attention of German music critics, it flopped commercially and after releasing a maxi-single titled Kind Of Feeling in 1993, she decides to look for new management.

In 1994, she signs up with Sony/Columbia and although her new producers warn her that Germany was not the right place for mid-tempo ballads at that time, Smith produces four of them. In 1995, With her new producer Reinhold Heil who had previously worked with successful German artist Nina Hagen, she records Give Me a Man an upbeat dance tune. Although Smith had realized that narrowing her profile and defining what she stood for would help her move ahead, she couldn't quite stick with the strategy and in the same year, sings Circle of Life the German version of the title track to the Disney movie "Lion King" and it is well received in Germany, reaching gold status.

Along with German star Udo Jürgens, in 1996 Smith produces the single Never Give Up however his hallmark was German pop songs which attracted a completely different audience from hers. In the same year, she sings at several classic open air venues in Berlin.

Her first live album, Live In Berlin recorded at the Quasimodo was released in 1997 and she also gives birth to her son Jonathan Noah. In 1998, Her most successful album to date, Blue Light and Nylons is released which contains George Gershwin and Kurt Weill interpretations, accompanied by German arranger and pianist Henning Schmiedt, soprano saxophonist Volker Schlott, and Argentinean percussionist Daniel Gioa. Two years later, Smith appears in a documentary about Kurt Weill which was nominated for the German Jazz Award.

In 1999 Heiner Goebbels the contemporary composer, invited Jocelyn to sing in his work Surrogate Cities. The opus was played live at the Jahrhunderthalle with the Bochum Philharmonic Orchestra. She continues to perform in this production again in Dessau (Germany) in 2001, Edinburgh (UK) in 2002, Brisbane (Australia) in 2003, as well as Luzern (Switzerland) and again in Berlin with The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. In 2005, she opened La Biennale in Venice (Italy) at Teatro La Fenice with Surrogate Cities, followed by performances in Modena and Bologna (Italy), Aarhus (Denmark) and in 2006, Stockholm (Sweden) with The Royal Symphonic Orchestra and Groningen (Netherlands) with The Noord Nederlands Orkest.

In 2000, Smith gives birth to her daughter Josephine and releases Margarita, her album of love songs by Greek songwriter Mikis Theodorakis who was the musical director and conductor of her Blue Light And Nylons release. In 2001, she performs the Hymn Amazing Grace during the mourning demonstration at Berlin´s Brandenburg Gate for the victims and families of 9/11 which appears on her Christmas release My Christmas Experience in December of 2001. Her next release, Back To Soul appears in 2002 and she tours throughout this year.

In March 2004, she produces her second Soul album titled Phenomenal Woman dedicated to Maya Angelou´s classic with guests appearances by Till Brönner and Tony Lakatos. After a concert appearance as an opener for Bobby McFerrin during this year, she begins working on Expressionzz which is released in 2006 and is a DVD/Live CD concentrating on a “Higher Spritual Quality“ of music and text, with poems from the Book Of Psalms taken from the Bible.
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Jocelyn B. Smith Discography

Albums

Jocelyn B. Smith Live In Berlin (Album) Blondell Productions Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Jocelyn B. Smith Blue Light & Nylons (Album) Blondell Productions Germany 1998 Sell This Version
JBS 306 Jocelyn B. Smith My Christmas Experience (CD, Album) Blondell Productions JBS 306 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
JBS 239 Jocelyn B. Smith Phenomenal Woman(CD, Album) Blondell Productions JBS 239 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0946 3 57030 2 3 Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker, Jocelyn B. Smith, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Markus Stockhausen Die 12 Cellisten Der Berliner Philharmoniker, Jocelyn B. Smith, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Markus Stockhausen - Angel Dances(CD, Album) EMI Classics 0946 3 57030 2 3 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
JBS 202 Jocelyn B. Smith Remember My Name(CD, Album) Blondell Productions JBS 202 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
BMS 1305 V Jocelyn B. Smith Pure & Natural(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, 180) Berliner Meister Schallplatten BMS 1305 V Germany 2013 Sell This Version
BMS 1410 V Jocelyn B. Smith Honest Song(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, 180) Berliner Meister Schallplatten BMS 1410 V Germany 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Jocelyn B. Smith Children's Eyes (Maxi) Columbia Germany 1993 Sell This Version
BLON CD 823 Jocelyn B. Smith Kind Of Feeling (The Faces Of Jocelyn B. Smith)(CD, Single) Blondell Productions BLON CD 823 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Jocelyn B. Smith Back In My Life (Maxi) Columbia Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Jocelyn B. Smith When I Need You (Maxi, Single) Columbia Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Jocelyn B. Smith Give Me A Man (Maxi) Columbia Europe 1995 Sell This Version
Trance Logic Feat. Jocelyn B. Smith Trance Logic Feat. Jocelyn B. Smith - The Inner Light (Maxi) Colors Music Germany 1995 Sell This Version
809 37141 (M 1182) Jocelyn B. Smith Hotel Shanghai(CD, Single) Monopol Records (2) 809 37141 (M 1182) Germany 1997 Sell This Version

Compilations

JBS 115 Jocelyn B. Smith The Faces Of Jocelyn B. Smith(CD, Comp) Blondell Productions JBS 115 Germany 2003 Sell This Version

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