Rhonda Smith :: http://www.rhondasmith.com
Having been introduced to the bass by her older brother, Rhonda was learning bass licks from the recordings of her childhood idols, Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke at an early age.
A native of Montreal, Rhonda established herself as a first-call session player and toured with several successful French Canadian pop artists including Claude Dubois. She received Canada’s prestigious Juno Award in 1995 for her performance on the best contemporary jazz album (The Merlin Factor/Amplitude).
For the past several years Rhonda has received major exposure in the U.S. and Europe as the bassist and background vocalist for The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. She has recorded five albums with him including the double platinum Emancipation as well as his most recent release, Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic. She also appears on the latest release from Chaka Khan.
Recently, Rhonda relocated to Los Angeles where she is pursuing a variety of other projects.