Real Name:
Jocelyn Bernadette Smith
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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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Albums

Jocelyn B. Smith - Joe Am Ku'Damm - Berlin Live album art Various Spice Of Life Various - Joe Am Ku'Damm - Berlin Live Not On Label Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Jocelyn B. Smith - Der König Der Löwen (Sonderausgabe) album art Various Der Ewige Kreis and 1 more… Various - Der König Der Löwen (Sonderausgabe) (Album) Polydor, Walt Disney Records Germany 1994 Sell This Version
68.813 Jocelyn B. Smith - Happy Birthday, Mikis! (The Munich Concert July 29, 2000) album art Various Margarita Majopoula and 1 more… Various - Happy Birthday, Mikis! (The Munich Concert July 29, 2000)(CD) Tropical Music 68.813 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
PM 50292 Jocelyn B. Smith - Kurt Weill - Die Musik Zum Film album art Various Lost In The Stars Various - Kurt Weill - Die Musik Zum Film(CD, Album) Peregrina Music PM 50292 Germany 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

Jocelyn B. Smith - F1 album art Various Children's Eyes Various - F1 (Comp) K-Tel Finland 1994 Sell This Version
477122 2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Body & Soul - The Best Of Black Music - Vol. 2 album art Various Back In My Life (7 and 1 more… Various - Body & Soul - The Best Of Black Music - Vol. 2(2xCD, Comp) Columbia 477122 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
MRCD 3255 Jocelyn B. Smith - Original Mega Dance # 1 album art Various Back In My Life Various - Original Mega Dance # 1(CD, Comp) Mega Records MRCD 3255 Denmark 1994 Sell This Version
SAMP 2044 Jocelyn B. Smith - What's New Januar/Februar '94 album art Various Children's Eye (A&R Mix) Various - What's New Januar/Februar '94(CD, Comp, Promo) Columbia, Sony Music SAMP 2044 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
SAMP 2310 2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Unsere Mitarbeiter Des Jahres 1994 album art Various Back In My Life (Special Radio Mix) Various - Unsere Mitarbeiter Des Jahres 1994(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Columbia SAMP 2310 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
PROMCD 2648 Jocelyn B. Smith - Promo 22 album art Various Back In My Li Fe (7 and 1 more… Various - Promo 22(CD, Comp, M/Print, Promo) Mega Records PROMCD 2648 Denmark 1994 Sell This Version
COLSAMP 2650 Jocelyn B. Smith - What's New März/April '95 album art Various When I Need You (Radio Version) Various - What's New März/April '95(2xCD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Sony Music Entertainment (Germany) GmbH COLSAMP 2650 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
38 413 1 Jocelyn B. Smith - Party Collection Vol. 11 - Forget It! Forget Me! ... Don't Worry album art Various Back In My Life Various - Party Collection Vol. 11 - Forget It! Forget Me! ... Don't Worry(CD, Comp) SR International 38 413 1 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
535 288-2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Wolke 7 album art Various Kann Es Wirklich Liebe Sein Various - Wolke 7(CD, Comp) Polystar (3) 535 288-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
38 422 2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Party Collection Vol. 20 - 'Til Tomorrow... album art Various When I Need You Various - Party Collection Vol. 20 - 'Til Tomorrow...(CD, Comp) SR International 38 422 2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
74321 54876 2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Now Is The Time - Wir Helfen Kindern album art Various Our Time Has Come Various - Now Is The Time - Wir Helfen Kindern(CD, Comp) BMG Ariola Media GmbH 74321 54876 2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
27000657D Jocelyn B. Smith - Vocal Heroes album art Various It's alright Various - Vocal Heroes(CD, Comp, Dlx, RM, S/Edition, 24 ) Phono Music Audio 27000657D Germany 1997 Sell This Version
inak 79010 Jocelyn B. Smith - ALR/Jordan 1 - Voices - The Collection album art Various It's Alright Various - ALR/Jordan 1 - Voices - The Collection(CD, Comp, 24k) in-akustik inak 79010 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
CD 27110035 A Jocelyn B. Smith - Best Of Black Voices album art Various It Ain't Necessarily So Various - Best Of Black Voices(CD, Comp) Zounds Music CD 27110035 A Germany 1998 Sell This Version
74321 56274 2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Neue Hits Aus Der ZDF-Hitparade - Frühjahr / Sommer 98 album art Various Never Give Up - Gib Niemals Auf Various - Neue Hits Aus Der ZDF-Hitparade - Frühjahr / Sommer 98(2xCD, Comp) Ariola 74321 56274 2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
74321 68513 2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Voices For Peace album art Various It Ain't Necessarily So (From and 2 more… Various - Voices For Peace(2xCD, Comp) BMG Ariola Media GmbH 74321 68513 2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
SMM 985987 2 Jocelyn B. Smith - Chase Some Waves - Esprit Four album art Various Back In My Life (as Jocelyn B Smith) Various - Chase Some Waves - Esprit Four(CD, Comp + Box) Sony Music Media, Esprit (2) SMM 985987 2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
80940033 (M 5224/1-4) Jocelyn B. Smith - Meine Welt Ist Die Musik - Die Größten Erfolge Von Christian Bruhn album art Christian Bruhn Hotel Shanghai Christian Bruhn - Meine Welt Ist Die Musik - Die Größten Erfolge Von Christian Bruhn(4xCD, Comp) Monopol Records (2) 80940033 (M 5224/1-4) Germany 1999 Sell This Version
SMC 986411 2, 655092 Jocelyn B. Smith - More Than A Feeling - How Deep Is Your Love album art Various When I Need You (Radio Version) Various - More Than A Feeling - How Deep Is Your Love(CD, Comp) Sony Music Catalog, Sony Music Catalog SMC 986411 2, 655092 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
Jocelyn B. Smith - Body & Soul  /  Best Of album art Various Back In My Life Various - Body & Soul / Best Of (Comp) Sony Music Special Products Germany 2003 Sell This Version
0149202ERE Jocelyn B. Smith - The Finest In Female Vocal Jazz album art Various The Yesterdays Of Tomorrow Various - The Finest In Female Vocal Jazz(CD, Comp, Enh) Edel 0149202ERE Germany 2003 Sell This Version