Lanita Smith is a Los Angeles and Memphis-based singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who is quickly establishing herself as one of the greatest voices in today’s music industry. She has performed at several high-profile events and locations, including the prestigious Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Jackson’s R&B Festival, The Troubadour and Hotel Café in Hollywood, and most recently, in Kanye West’s Sunday Service.
With her powerful voice and her affinity for writing deep, emotional lyrics, she was handpicked by the prestigious Don Was as the winner of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 4. Her musical skill brought her the opportunity to work with award-winning industry giants such as Aaron Neville, Ty Dolla $ign, Kanye West, Jessica Sanchez, and Chance the Rapper. Her work is also in shows such as Hustlers, Addams Family, and All American.
Lanita Smith just released her latest single “Holdin’ On,” which can be found on Spotify. “Holdin’ On” was a quarantine project that gained a life of its own as she contemplated the weird pause that the world is experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The artist has versatility and musicality that, combined with her soul-stirring voice, has granted her a “once-in-a-generation artist” title. Aside from working as a solo artist, the songstress is a member of the rising indie trio Little Monarch alongside Casey Kamelson and Justin Andres. The trio’s single “No Matter What” has accumulated over 22.5 million streams on Spotify.
In telling stories through songs and creating pieces that sound timeless, Lanita Smith finds freedom in striving to become the best version of herself. The artist has no competitive streak—instead, she wins over her fans’ love and adoration through her music and authenticity. “I believe what’s for me is for me,” she says when asked about her ambitions, “I’m proud that I never gave up on my dream, and I have accomplished many things. That’s all my mother wanted.”
The songwriter Mozella, who the artist met through the LA Chapter of the Recording Academy, was her mentor and her guidance helped Lanita in navigating the music industry. Still, while her mentor did play a big part, her versatility as a musician brought her to where she is today. Her wide skill set allowed her to collaborate with different clients with various needs.
Lanita Smith sees herself as a country girl who aspires to create unforgettable experiences through music. Given her talents, it is only a matter of time until she is given a chance to introduce herself to the world and gain a bigger platform from where she can enact change and bring people together.
“Our struggles are what makes us great” is her message for her fans, as she inspires them to tell their stories and keep grinding to realize their aspirations. In 2017, she launched the Lanita Smith Music Foundation Scholarship. The foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for students gearing up for college in the entertainment business. It provides two scholarships per year to high school seniors for Music Performance and Music Production and allows opportunities for them to share their talents with the world.