5:30 – 6:15 pm | Happy Gnome Stage
Roxanne Smith is a singer-songwriter from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her soulful, emotional songs seamlessly blend layers of folk and rock with warm and passionate harmonies. Her deeply insightful lyrics compel listeners to reflect and feel empowered and hopeful about their lives as well as soothed and comforted. Her voice has an ease about it and the quality in her vocal tone is sometimes very pure and angelic and at other times it has a beautiful raspy and smokey tone.
Born in the midwest and raised in small-town Cambridge, Ohio with deep musical roots of all different genres, she was drawn towards soulful folk-rock with beautiful harmonies at an early age. Singing since the age of 5, heavy influences started with the music of Carol King’s Tapestry album which resonated deeply in her formative years. She started harmonizing with her favorite Linda Ronstadt songs in high school and her passion to be a singer kept growing. She got her Fender guitar that she still uses to write songs at the age of 17. Although she was classicly trained as a mezzo soprano in college this was not the kind of music she yearned to sing so she took some guitar lessons in college and has been singing with her acoustic guitar ever since.
She had been writing poetry about love and relationships since age 14 and started putting them to music in 2004. She has now written over 50 songs and calls them Folk Rock Songs for the Soul. She started writing them just for herself and discovered that writing these songs helped her heal deeply within. When she started sharing them with others she was told that they felt the same way–the songs were healing something deep inside.
She says often when writing her songs and lyrics she feels they seem to be given to her from above as she works through a personal challenge. When writing a song she feels hopeful, recharged again, and finds her true voice and true self. Not all of the songs she writes are about her own life–some songs that she writes are purely creative fiction meant to inspire and empower others. She says she gets inspired by everything in life that moves her to speak up about it.
She is also an empathic Life Coach who helps uplift the souls of those needing assistance with healing childhood wounds. She specializes in inner child healing through her business True Voice Life Coaching. She says it was the music that was the most important catalyst in her own healing journey to find her own true voice and now she helps others through her songs and her coaching.
In 2012 she met local musician Wendell Ray and collaborated with him for the production of the background tracks to 28 of her original songs–this work transpired into the albums you see here on this website. She started performing in 2012 and 2013 and she is presently pursuing and enjoying more opportunities to perform her own songs.
Her major influences in the development of her singing and songwriting style were Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, and Carol King. Other musical influences were Stevie Wonder, Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Avril Lavigne, Colbie Caillat, and Sara Bareilles.
Show the World (Original). This is our last song on this 3 hour show. This song is on my debut album of 10 original songs which can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon and more. More info on www.RoxanneSmithMusic.com
Posted by Roxanne Smith Music on Friday, July 13, 2018