Some say that life imitates art, but for twenty-four year-old singer/songwriter Henry Smith, his own art isn't simply a reflection of his life but, rather, it is his life. Born in Hannover, Germany, Henry has been pursuing his passion for music since the age of three. It was, however, his first competitive performance at the age of fourteen that changed his life. Beating out fellow singers, rappers, and dancers, Smith won over the crowd claiming first prize at his high school's talent show.
It was this shining, victorious moment that inspired Smith to dedicate himself to making an impact in the music industry. Smith's inspiration comes from a number of sources. Among these are Boys II Men, Dru Hill, Jon B, Michael Jackson, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Mary J. Blige. A highly motivated Smith beams, "I want to make music that stays with you for ever ." Smith is committed to being the total package both on stage and in the studio. By writing and arranging his own vocals and producing the majority of his beats, his music is a heartfelt reflection of his life and influences. By defying expectations and crossing multiple genres, Smith uses all of his influences to create a unique and unmistakable sound. The art of Henry Smith has been heard on several radio stations and, in 2005, Smith was crowned winner of Fox News and Kiss 95.7's Connecticut Idol True Talent Competition. In addition to this notable win, Smith was UMass Amherst's first UMass Idol and the only person to win the competition twice. Smith has opened up for big named artists such as Tyrses, Bobby Valentino, Ne-Yo, keisha Cole and several others. He is now a Social worker, and although plagued by many hours of work, his passion for the music wont let him quit or stray from the path of success. We look forward to seeing more of Smith in the near future.