Simply Stated: Ronny Smith is a man on a mission. Currently on tour in musical service to his country, Smith has been heating up the stage as a key member of the Army Band.
Born in Baltimore Maryland, Smith learned to play by ear as a youngster to the sounds of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and George Benson. As Smith grew as a guitarist and learned to read music, he tore up the stage for various jazz ensembles throughout his teen years. Once he graduated from high school, Smith auditioned for Uncle Sam and was quickly accepted as a guitarist in the Army Band.
As a member of the Army band, Smith toured Europe and began his studies at Elizabeth State University in North Carolina and eventually moved to the University of Phoenix, where he received a master's degree in organizational management.
Smith released his freshman CD, Long Time Comin in 2001. In 2002, Smith has released his debut CD, Laid Back. Got Groove was soon to follow in 2005. Recording CDs between the calls to serve his country has always been a challenge, but one Smith faces with great pride. "Serving my country has been the most rewarding and honorable experience that I have been associated with. As a musician, my duties include providing troop morale, community service and ceremonial support. There is no better way to support those who support you," said Smith.
Smith's latest release, Simply Stated, combines sexy R&B rhythms with old-school guitar lines that will leave you breathless. You hear touches of Wes Montgomery intermixed with ultra cool nighttime grooves that are all Ronny Smith. Smith's touch on the strings has a melodic voice without a heavy hand. He grooves, caresses and works his way through a song with maturity beyond his years. Take one listen and you'll be hooked and will want to keep your eyes out for this young lion on the rise.
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