Dipping a toe in a creative or artistic field demands a considerable degree of perseverance, and the music industry is no exception to the long list of fields that have proven daunting for countless aspirants. From singers and songwriters to managers and promoters, almost all will have to contend with the reality that the road to success is peppered with challenges of various forms. But Lanita Smith, an emerging name in the music scene, proves that setbacks can be treated as stepping stones to reach greater heights. Through her story, she wishes to inspire today’s hopefuls not to give up on themselves.
Based in Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter is currently making bold moves toward the forefront of the music industry. Highly driven to materialize her long-held dream of telling stories through music, Lanita Smith takes an all-out approach in creating songs that will resonate and impact the listeners they will reach.
From the get-go, music has served as a healing balm for this multi-talented personality. Through her endeavors as an artist, she wishes to offer the same solace that she’s always found in her favorite tracks. Above anything else, Lanita Smith also aims to deliver a discography that can withstand the test of time and release pieces whose core messages have the ability to hit home.
“My goal is always to make music that’s relatable, regardless if I’m the artist singing on the record or just the songwriter,” she added.
In the years since she first delved into the highly competitive and saturated world of music, Lanita Smith has managed to capture the attention of listeners from across the globe. The Memphis-bred triple threat has not only performed on high-profile shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live but has also graced stages all around the world. More impressively, she’s performed at Coachella, Jackson’s R&B Festival, The Troubadour, and Hotel Cafe, as well as during Kanye West’s Sunday Service as a member of the touring choir.
Lanita’s potential as a future powerhouse is evident in the impressive portfolio of accomplishments and recognitions attached to her name. The soulful vocalist, who was handpicked by Don Was as the winner of Guitar Center’s Songwriter 4, has had the honor of working with award-winning artists and producers, including Rico Nasty, Ty Dolla $ign, Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, and Teddy Riley, to name a few. She demonstrated her caliber even further by co-founding Little Monarch, a trio composed of Casey Kalmenson, the vocalist behind the hit single “No Matter What,” and Justin Andres, the guitarist who has collaborated and toured with Billy Ray Cyrus and The Bellrays.
Securing a coveted spot within the cut-throat music scene is no easy feat, but Lanita Smith succeeded in doing so, thanks to her distinctive artistry, versatility, and authenticity. An inspirational icon who doesn’t pay any attention to competition, she places a heavy premium on growing as an individual and staying true to her roots.
In the coming years, the “Holding On” singer hopes to make a difference in the lives of others through her music. “I want to be the woman who speaks people’s truth and touches the lives of millions,” shared Lanita Smith. “I want to be the songwriter and artist that the world loves and needs.”