The instrumental gospel/jazz genre is blessed with talent and a timbre that is generating attention nationwide. Jimmie Smith, native of Buffalo, NY, is a composer and songwriter that has created a new experience Sanctified Sound and is proving to be an example of multi-faceted gifting, diligence and persistence.
At an early age Jimmie exhibited a superior aptitude for music. In 1982 his sister received a keyboard as a gift and it was Jimmie who sat down at his sister’s sweet sixteen parties, and began to play immediately. That was only the beginning; Jimmie went on play at his father’s church and was introduced to the Hammond B-3 which became Jimmie’s first love and choice of keys. Jimmie has played various churches throughout the United States. Over the years Jimmie has accompanied several gospel artists Kim Burrell, Karen Clark-Sheard, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and COGIC international Music Department. Jimmie served on staff with the COGIC International Department for over seven years.
The high-spirited first single “Going up yonder” is a declaration with an unwavering message of where one should be at the end of this life. Mediation of Worship” reveals Jimmie’s’‟ love for worship style conveyed elegantly with soothing, alluring chording. Smith displays his diverse musicality with the jazz-tinfused title cut “Sanctified Sound”.
Employing the talents and his ingenious orchestrations Contemporary, Jazz and Gospel music producer Austin Moore and the innovative styling’s of Memphis, Tennessee’s own Derrick Jackson and Mike Burrell of Los Angeles, CA; his team have captured the essence of our most memorable gospel songs of our times and created a jazz experience that is engaging audiences in a powerful, pure experience.
Jimmie wants people to be drawn into the Joy of his music; while listening to Sanctified Sounds you will find yourself soothed, uplifted, motivated, and captivated by a mesmerizing groove experience like none other. Jimmie is creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music that will showcase him as a vital body of work that ultimately will place him among the world’s finest jazz musicians and composers.