Charlene Smith

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Smith began singing at an early age, and graduated to performing on Toronto, Canada’s R&B circuit with cover versions of classic Temptations, Chaka Khan, Supremes and Gap Band songs. As a performer she…
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Smith began singing at an early age, and graduated to performing on Toronto, Canada’s R&B circuit with cover versions of classic Temptations, Chaka Khan, Supremes and Gap Band songs. As a performer she merged the ‘old skool’ inspiration with the innovative influences of Jodeci, SWV and, surprisingly, Eternal. Smith’s notable reputation in the Canadian clubs led to her signing initially with Rob De Boer and the outlandish Boomtang outfit. With De Boer, Smith began recording material for her debut, Feel The Goodtimes, which spawned the hits ‘I Learned My Lesson’, ‘Too Much For Me’, ‘Let It Slide’ and the title track. In 1995 she signed to the UK-based Indochina group who promoted the album release with an extensive tour that led to comparisons with Dina Carroll, Brenda Russell and Janet Jackson. The year ended with an abundance of awards back in Canada where she was nominated for Best R&B Artist, Best New Dance Artist and Best Video by the Much Music Awards (the Canadian equivalent to MTV). In the UK her promotional efforts were rewarded when she topped the Touch underground soul chart with ‘Let It Slide’. In 1996 she began working in New York with Andy Marvel, in Los Angeles with Derek Bramble, in London with Andy Whitmore and Denmark with Cutfather and Joe, which resulted in a more commercial R&B style. In addition to her recording success she has also earned accolades for her performance at the 1996 Much Music Awards, supported by a full backing band.