Video interview from the 2013 Bass Player Live! gathering includes updates from the Jeff Beck gig, info on her new record and much more!
Exclusive interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
May 19, 2014
Rhonda Smith is a bassist, vocalist and songwriter, critically acclaimed for her musical abilities in various genres, including smooth jazz/funk to electrified funk/rock. Smith, who hails from Canada, studied jazz performance at McGill University in Montreal, after which she toured throughout Canada with several high-profile Canadian artists, including Claude Dubois, Daniel Lavoie and Joanne Blouin. She is the recipient of a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for her work with Jim Hillman and The Merlin Factor.
In addition to her long tenure as bassist and vocalist for Prince, Rhonda has also performed with Chaka Khan, Beyonce, T.I., Erykah Badu, Patti Austin, Patrice Rushen, Larry Graham, Little Richard, Najee, Candy Dulfer, George Clinton and many others.
Rhonda has been featured in numerous music videos, graced the covers of Bass Player and Bassics magazines and done stints with the Martin Short Show and the Wayne Brady Show. She has released two CDs as a leader, Intellipop and RS2. Rhonda is currently touring with Jeff Beck.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Rhonda at the 2013 Bass Player Live! event.
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