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      October 26, 2018

      Friday   9:00 PM

      628 Divisadero Street
      San Francisco, California 94117

      Alice Smith

      with Harry Duncan
      At first glance, the title may be simple, but Alice Smiths new album She is anything but.An intoxicating mixture of rock, pop and R&B, the album reveals a singer/songwriter/producer who has an unshakable sense of self and the attitude to match. Get ready, because here comes She.Alice was raised between Washington DC and Augusta, Georgia on a steady diet of gospel, pop, soul and a little go-go thrown in for good measure. Those influences remain on new songs like Be Easy and The One, representing an evolution from her critically-acclaimed debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me, released in 2006.In the time between albums, her fans across the globe have followed her remarkable live show to world famous venues like NYCs Joes Pub, LAs Wiltern Theater and Paris Le Zenith. Known for a 4-octave vocal range, Alice has the kind of live performance that can coax goosebumps and tears from even the most jaded listener. She has honed her stage presence since cutting her teeth in NYCs Afro-Punk Scene alongside artists like Tamar Kali and Imani Coppola. To her devoted followers, Alices follow-up album cant come soon enough.Ive been through a lot of heartaches and setbacks, she admits, while adding, Im grateful for everything thats happened. Today Im just trying to practice my gratefulness because Im really comfortable with the place Im at now, and I am so excited about She being released in March.Riding the wave of For Lovers, Dreamers & Me, an artful blend of bluesy, soulful vocals and mid-tempo grooves that Vibe Magazine said evoke[s] Fiona Apples finest material, Alice signed to Epic Records. Her single Dream was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Urban/Alternative category, and her sophomore release seemed to be full steam ahead. However, the label soon underwent numerous, well-documented changes to its executive staff. Though she was producing new material at asteady clip, it was delayed by the inner workings of her label.While recordings were held up in legal snafus for months stretching into years, Alice found herself going back to the source. She reconnected with producer Alex Elena, (known for collaborations with artists including Lily Allen and Avril Levigne), with whom she recorded For Lovers, Dreamers & Me. The pair went back to the beginning. Alex came to my house, and we cooked and ate and talkedand we finished the album, explains Alice.Much of the album was also recorded in Hawaii, where she joined forces with writer/producer Reginald Syience Perry (Beyonce, John Legend, Ne-Yo) and singer/songwriter Rebecca Jordan. We got a house and would record in another structure on the property with a huge Parvati statue in it, describes Alice. Thats the SHE that inspired the conversation leading to the song and album title. The Hindu goddess of love, devotion and power, Parvati is a remarkably fitting agent for a project that has led to Alices own reincarnation as an artist.Out of this remarkably intimate setting came songs like Cabaret, where Alice seems to be daring herself with lines like, What kind of chances will you take? Sultry and swinging, Cabaret ushers in a new era of her soundfiercely honed pop drenched in notes of soul, orchestral arrangements and multi-hued harmonies.The sound is much more free and light, says Alice. Im still an emotional person, but the music is getting lighter. There is more ease.That lightness is revealed in songs like Ocean, with a Calypso twang and earthy, Janis-influenced vocals. Produced by Alex Elena, the track is one of the last Alice wrote for the album. She opens, crooning, Theres something Ive been dying to say, a statement that seems to encompass all the disappointments and ultimate triumphs of the process ofbringing She to light.Something else happened during this period when She has been coming to lifeAlice became a mother. Having babies is a really powerful feeling, she muses, and the birth of her daughter has been one of the moving experiences that finds its way into the words and notes of She. Even when setbacks revealed themselves, I started to think about who I want her mother to be, knowing that the best way to teach is to show.Alices journey of bringing that higher self to lifedocumented in full, rollicking volumeis She. And her story has never sounded so sweet.

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