Reeny Smith is a talented, 24 year-old artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia who 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 Band are also testaments of the great music legacy that she has to inspire her.
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, former Artistic Director of the Halifax Jazz Festival, stated that her vocals were “incredible” and selected Reeny to perform a showcase that year.
In 2015 Reeny won Artist of the Year at the ANSMA Awards and in June of that same year she won Casino Nova Scotia's Artist In Residence program. She finished the year off by winning the 2015 African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year award at the NSMW Awards and Conference.
In 2016 Reeny was selected to showcase on the Breakout Stage at the ECMA Awards and Conference where she and her band blew everyone away ! This led to an offer from CBC to do a CBC Studio 60 special in August of that year which was televised throughout the Maritime's in February of 2017.
Reeny continued her winning ways in the fall of 2016 where she again won the African Nova Scotia Artist of the Year award at the Music Nova Scotia's Awards and Conference. In addition to winning that award, Reeny also officially signed a publishing deal with Vince Degiorio of Cymba Music Publishing to finish off the weekend.
2017 promises to be a good one for Reeny as she will be performing on the ECMA Awards show which will be televised. She will also be doing a couple of showcases over the weekend which will allow delegates to experience both her R&B and Gospel flavors.
And last but not least, Reeny will be releasing her much anticipated EP and single this coming spring!