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Alice Smith Biography

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Genres: Pop, Rock, Soul/R&B

Alice Smith (born 1978) is an New York City-based singer, her style anchored in rock, R&B, blues, jazz and soul. Raised between Washington D.C. and a farm in Georgia, she sang in ''Moomtez'' and ''Black Rock Coalition'' while studying History at Fordham University. Releasing her first LP in 2006, Smith has a powerful voice, and ''Rolling Stone'' said of her, "Smith could easily be lumped in with expressive chanteuses like Norah Jones and Alicia Keys, but she has a broader palette than either." The magazine listed her as one of the 10 Artists to Watch in 2006..

Her debut album, ''For Lovers, Dreamers & Me'', is a collection of songs spanning genres from country to rock to funk and almost everything in between but rap. The title is also eclectic, having been borrowed from an unexpected source—the Muppets. "We were just trying to think of a title because I haven’t thought of a name after it was all done," she said in an interview with "We were thinking about the music and we were throwing ideas around. We were thinking about The Beatles and The Wizard of Oz and whatever else made us think of. Then something made me think of The Muppets. I don’t even know. It wasn’t something in the forefront of my mind. I just thought of it and it came to me like that."

The song ''Dream'' was featured on an episode of ''Entourage'' (season four) during the closing credits. ''Dream'' was also featured in the final act of episode four, season five, of the Showtime series The L Word ("Let's Get This Party Started"). In 2007, she was nominated for a Grammy award under the Best Urban/Alternative category.