F M Smith's music is gentle, yet powerful. He wields his acoustic guitar as a weapon of beauty and emotion -- mixing jazz, folk, and soul into a rich stew of subtle nuance and soothing tones, but underneath the calm exterior of the music are lyrics that reach out and embrace the broken- hearted and the disillusioned. Smith is influenced by the '60s and '70s legends he has listened to throughout his life, including Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, and The Byrds, as well as the unique new age singer/songwriter and guitar master Michael Hedges and the incomparably talented Willy Porter. The two time recipient of the American Billboard Songwriter's Contest Award frequently performs with Rob Bonaccorsi, lead guitarist for the Freddy Jones Band. Smith's music is the perfect canvas for Bonaccorsi's creative stylings, and their performances are a rare combination of technical beauty and joyous spontaneity. Smith is currently in the process of creating and recording his third album, which will be the culmination of Rob and Fm's on-stage explorations. Recently the duo released a Christmas EP, GINGERBREAD which is available on FM's website and soon at CDBABY. Some of those songs have been selected by several music libraries for use in film and TV. In addition, Smith's soft, supple vocals have graced television advertisements for Air Jamaica, and he has applied his talent to musical scores for independant films as well as educational videos. Smith has been a resident of the Chicago area for more than 25 years, though he originally grew up in New Jersey (which he fondly refers to as 'back home.) He was drawn to music early in his life and at age 13, he put together his first band. FM reflects; 'I've been involved in several different careers throughout my life, but music is something I've always come back to. It is who I am, and I try to look at every day and every musical experience that I have as a gift.'
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