Musician, producer, social influencer and brand
ambassador Tyrone Smith
was born on March 18th, 1986
in Dallas,Texas with strong
influences growing up surrounded
by family members with multiple
talents in the area of music
whether it be singing, playing,
composing, arranging, or even
the occasional solo his
grandfather would sing after
preaching a sermon.
By the age of 11, Tyrone Smith
had picked up playing piano,
organ, saxophone and rigorously
intent on honing his craft. Raised
up on Gospel and R&B, by
mid-teens he was listening to
rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop.
Tyrone attended Booker T.
Washington High School of the
Visual and Performing Arts .
While in high school he
participated in the jazz combo
as well as the R&B ensemble.
Mentored by great musicians like:
Shelly Carol, Roger Boykin,
Jim Riggs, Pat Franklin, and others;
Tyrone worked to improve his
playing skills throughout his high
school career while also earning
awards like: Downbeat Student
awards , NAACP ACT-So winner,
Wabash School of Music Scholar
and many others. Tyrone
moved to New York City to study
at The New School University of
Jazz & Contemporary School .
As a musician and producer he
has worked for artists including
Al Jarreau , Reggie Workman ,
Joss Stone , Erykah Badu ,
Bernard (Pretty) Purdie ,
Benny Powell, Lonnie Plaxico,
Musiq Soulchild , KT Tunstall ,
Charlie Persip , Roy Hamilton III,
Ky-Mani Marley , Eliza Neals,
Kelly Wright and
many other artists .
In addition to being a musician
and producer to the stars Tyrone worked feverishly to integrate his
brand as a public figure and solo
music artist. Tyrone signed a
record deal with 18th and Vine
Records with an international
distribution deal with Allegro
Media Group in 2009. The
album entitled "Playing It By Ear"
which was produced by industry
veteran Grammy winning
producer Jack Kreisburg was
released in May of 2010 not only showcasing Tyrone as the primary
artist but also included 5 original
songs by him and enlisted the
talentsof top tier talents like
Onaje Allan Gumbs , Vince Ector ,
Bob DeVos, Ron Anthony,
Sarah Elizabeth Charles , Marcus McLaurine and Ben Elliot
as engineer. Not only is Tyrone an outstanding musician, He is also
a savvy business man. Capitalizing
on his position and relationship
with major record labels he began
routing all production projects
and solo releases through the
production company he founded
years prior to his major
accomplishments T's Groove Inc.
"Music is your own experience,
your own thoughts, your wisdom.
If you don't live it, it won't come out
of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
- Charlie "YardBird" Parker