Reeny Smith

Reeny Smith is a talented, 22 year-old artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia and has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. She credits her inspiration for music from time spent with family and friends at her local church, Saint Thomas Baptist, where she plays piano and is a member of three choirs.

Her roots in music stem from an incredible gene pool of family musicians. Both Reeny’s father and grandfather, Wallace Smith Sr. and Jr., are former members of one of Canada’s Premier Gospel bands, The Gospel Heirs. Her father is also the director of the award-winning Hallelujah Praise Choir and is the leader and founder of The Sanctified Brothers. Her uncles Carson and Murray Downey of the Carson Downey Blues Band are also testaments of the great music legacy that continue to inspire her.

Reeny was selected for the Portia White Award for Excellence in Vocal Performance in 2011, along with a scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizing her outstanding musical attributes. She has shared the stage with the incredible Dinuk Wijeratne to a sold out crowd at the Music Room as part of the Prismatic International Festival and sang for the incoming Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia at his induction ceremony at Province House. She has recently opened for Grammy Award Winner Lisa Fischer at The Rebecca Cohn and received a standing ovation at the sold out concert.  In 2011, Reeny won the African Nova Scotia Music Association (ANSMA) Up and Coming Artist Award, the Black Cultural Centre President’s Award, and was selected to represent Nova Scotia at the Canada Winter Games as part of the national artist performing program.

In 2012, Reeny won the ANSMA Rising Star Award and enrolled in St. FX University’s prestigious music arts program, majoring in jazz vocals. After hearing Reeny’s demo CD, Laura (Lulu) Healy, Artistic Director of the Halifax Jazz Festival, stated that her vocals were “incredible” and selected Reeny to perform a showcase that year. On March 7th Reeny won Artist of the Year at the 2015 ANSMA Awards and followed that up by being selected to attend a songwriters put on by Grammy Award winner Gordie Sampson where her single “ Last Call” was created. She then went on to win the 2015 Casino Nova Scotia Artist in Residence competition.

AWARDS

Winner of the 2015 Casino NS Artist In Residence Program

Artist of the Year at the 2015 ANSMA Awards

Galaxie Rising Award Star competition winner at the 2013 Halifax Jazz Festival

Winner of  the Rising Star Award at the 2012 African Nova Scotian Music Awards.

Featured performer at the 2011 Canada Winter Games National Artist Program

Performed at the 10th Annual Portia White Award Gala Concert in 2011.

Up and Coming Star Award at the African Nova Scotian Music Awards (2011)

Black Cultural Centre President’s Award (2011)

Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s Portia White Award in 2010

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