Saturday July 15th, 8:30pm
With Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Waterfront Main Stage
Individual concert tickets will go on sale 10am Thursday May 18th
Just 23 years old, Reeny Smith has been singing since she was five. (She’s still a choir member at Saint Thomas Baptist church in North Preston.) Her family is a veritable who’s-who of Nova Scotia gospel and soul veterans: Wallace Smith Sr. and Jr., her grandfather and father, are former members of the Gospel Heirs (formed and still based at Saint Thomas); her father currently leads the Hallelujah Praise Choir, and her uncle is Carson Downey.
Even without that pedigree, Smith’s silky soulful voice—honed as a jazz major at St. F.X.—is undeniable. She’s quickly become a rising R&B/hip-hop artist in just a few years, accomplishing much in a scant amount of time, including an opening slot for Grammy winner Lisa Fischer, winning three African Nova Scotian Music Association awards, and in 2015 being named Artist-in-Residence at Casino Nova Scotia. A sensitive, powerful performer, Smith will transfix you as she lifts you up.