By Gerald V. Paul
Karen Smith, Jamaica’s leading jazz vocalist, will be the featured performer at the Jazz and Gospel Edition presented by community builder and storyteller Sandra Whiting (Associates).
Whiting said Smith – who holds the Order of Distinction, Officer Class – will perform at Seven 44 Restaurant and Lounge along with Nana McLean, Toronto’s Gospel Dynamo; Jackie Jackson, Rock Steady Bassist and Jay Douglas on June 28.
She said Sunday Jam will witness Smith serenading the audience with several of her hits, from Everything I Need, her first album, to her second with I Still Love You and her first No. 1 single from 1989 entitled Oh Me Oh My, produced by Sly and Robbie, and lots more.
But while cabaret singer Smith loves being in the studio, the former banker, who earned a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Concordia in Montreal, is a performer at heart.
Lovers of Smith’s blend of jazz, pop, R&B and reggae will recall it was a Grace Cock Soup commercial on TV that introduced Smith to household popularity in 1985, and the Mountain Peak instant coffee commercial she did for Boris Gardiner.
Smith’s musical career includes winning the prestigious Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation Variety Contest. She holds numerous Jamaica music industry awards and was inducted into Ocho Rios Jazz Festival Hall of Fame.