Justin Bieber + Usher to Honor Vocal Coach/Producer Jan Smith on Sept. 17
Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:23:06
Affectionately known throughout the music industry as "Mama Jan," Jan Smith has made her mark from her beloved hometown over the past 20 years as a singer/songwriter, producer/consultant and vocal coach/vocal producer who has helped develop some of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music-including Rob Thomas, Usher, Ciara, Sugarland, India.Arie, TLC and Justin Bieber. Two of those major clients - The Biebs and Usher- are going above and beyond to show their gratitude to Mama Jan!
Smith, a former trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and former president of the Atlanta NARAS chapter, is among this year's inductees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. She will receive the Chairman's Award at the induction ceremony Sept. 17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 PM. The event will air live on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Though Rob Thomas, whose early success with Matchbox Twenty helped put Smith on the map, will not be able to attend, two other superstar clients, Usher and Justin Bieber, will be performing a special tribute for her. How sweet and grateful of these two A-listers! Congrats Jan!
"I think it's a great honor," says Smith, whose work with Bieber is known by the teen star's fans worldwide thanks to her memorable appearance in the 2011 documentary concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. "It will be quite a night. I'm very humbled by all of the artists who lend their celebrity to me and I'm proud to be part of their success."
In August, Smith and philanthropist/music lover Jim Ramseur launched The Bridge Music Foundation, a unique, non-profit organization dedicated to providing philanthropic financial support and artist development services to talented musicians who might otherwise never have the opportunity to follow their own musical dreams.
BMF offers a different approach to the traditional artist development process. With the help of the Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program at Kennesaw State University, BMF artists will be provided with the educational resources and business tools needed to create sustainable careers in the music industry. The Bridge Music Foundation uses an "open door" application system, meaning that anyone who meets its criteria can apply. The foundation and its board of directors leverage their relationships and industry insight in order to provide each selected artist with a world-class team custom tailored for their specific needs.
Smith, owner of Jan Smith Studios, a state of the art and production facility in Atlanta, joins the other Georgia Music Hall of fame inductees being honored, including actor-director Kenny Leon, singer-turned reality star Toni Braxton, the band Mothers Finest and promoter Paul Cochran. Jazz/cabaret star Judy Argo, composer/arranger Hall Johnson and blues harmonica musician Sonny Terry will be honored posthumously.
Are you going to go watch Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to find Jan Smith's cameo?