Interview with Mr. SMITH Connect the emotion...


PopsFanzine: Who is MR Smith? Tell us something about your story.
Mr. Smith: Mr. Smith is a songwriter, artist, lawyer, amazing son, and good brother to my siblings. Musically, Mr. Smith is just sharing real stories about real shit he has experienced – and doing it with passion, conviction, vulnerability, transparency, and class. Mr. Smith is dope AF!

PF: After a long time writing music for other ones, finally you started your own way. In what point you decided “well, now it’s the time”?
MS: When I finished law school and passed the bar, my oldest brother would always say, “Instead of taking care of everyone else, I want you to focus on yourself and fully live your life lil brother.” In March 2016, he passed away, and it was this advice that pushed me to live deliberately – accomplishing ALL that I desire.

PF: We notice you’re a man with a lot of talents. In your music you play writing pop, soul or R&B; but a lot of different styles are there. How you define your kind of music and style?
MS: Well, I would define my music/sound as Pop/Soul. My album contains influences from Adele, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Babyface, and Amy Winehouse. I’m so excited to deliver this body of work – my way!

PF: Who are your most important references and music influences?
MS: Growing up, my primary musical influences were both Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder. In fact when I was in the third grade, it was on my way to school one morning, that I discovered I could actually sing as I sang along to Stevie Wonder’s, “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”

PF: You’re a lawyer. Your experience in this field helped you to walk with more security in the industry?
MS: Yeah, in many ways, the process of becoming a lawyer made me fearless! In fact, this is the most confident and comfortable that I have ever felt in my life.

PF: For years you’ve worked behind the scenes as a songwriter, and have collaborated with both Kandi and T-Boz. How was this experience? And what’s the difference writing your own stuff?
MS: I really enjoy songwriting – and I’m dope at it! I am very particular about who I collaborate with, and co-writing with Kandi was super creative and easy – we just clique. The difference in writing for myself is that I am 100% free to say what I want – to just be me.

PF: Well, you’re a solo artist, but do you play with a band in your shows?
MS: At a Mr. Smith show, you can expect to see me accompanied by a dope band and dope background vocalists.

PF: Our readers they are avid to discover different sounds to impact them. Why do you think you’ll be able to hit it where other artists (even famous) have failed?
MS: My hope is that people will be able to connect with the raw emotion and truth in my songs. I believe that when you are singing about authentic/real situations, people tend to always connect with that – they can relate.

PF: What about your words? Which things consider MR Smith in your lyrics?
MS: Well, all of the lyrics paint a picture of a specific experience I have had – good, bad or indifferent.

PF: Outside from NY, even the States there’s a lot of potential fans that they would like to know how you are in your daily life, Can you say them some words?
MS: Honestly, I am a really chill and laid-back due. I enjoy my friends and family. Most people think I am serious all the time, but I can be very silly. I enjoy a good ass laugh!

PF: What other things are really important in your life — apart from music — that help keep you motivated?
MS: Well, ensuring that I am a solid example for and good uncle to my nieces and nephew motivates me. Also, making sure I utilize my blessings to bless others is important to me.

PF: Are you preparing a next tour? Where?
MS: As a matter of fact, I am currently in talks to open for a number of shows scheduled in 2017! Once it’s finalized, I can tell everybody!

PF: If our readers they want to buy your music, where they can do it?
MS: Yes, my music can be purchased in all digital outlets (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal, Apple Music, Spotify, etc). I might even be easier to just visit my website (, and buy directly from there.

Thanks. It was really great to talk with you. Good luck and success!


Mr. Smith

Pop, Soul, Independent pop
From: New York, NY, USA

Label: 1223 Music

Band Members

  • Stannis Smith – Writer, singer, producer


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