With Saturdays concert at the Warner Robins Civic Center, singer/songwriter Jessie Smith proves you can come home again, and she cant wait to be here.
Im so excited. Its so nice to be around the people I grew up with, and they love music in my hometown, she said. Ive wanted to say thank you to the people who trained me, supported me and always lifted me up.
Smith is from Warner Robins, where after receiving a karaoke machine for Christmas in the first grade, she began to study piano and voice and perform in her church choir. Since majoring in music at Belmont College, Smith has lived in Nashville, Tenn., worked as a demo singer, performed with the Music City Hit Makers and released one album, the folk/pop EP Song and Dance. She is currently working on her second, to be released later this year.
Smith said her music is often classified as Southern soul, not exactly country but really soulful and a little gritty, really comfortable and vintage. Swampy is the word that keeps coming up, she said.
The show will feature music from both of Smiths albums, and local artists the Ben Robbins Band and Casey Sams will open.
-- Laura Shirley
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Homer J. Walker Civic Center, 700 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins
Cost: $10 at the door