JD Smoove could sing before he could talk, and his talent as an R&B artist is still undeniable. Known for his vocal artistry, JD Smoove blends seductive lyrics with soulful hip-hop beats in a way that is organic and honest. Proficient on the drums, keyboards and organ, JD describes himself as “god-taught” because he learns simply by seeing and hearing people make music. Throughout school, JD would make the curriculum into songs to help him study for tests, and constantly sang in the halls, pushing himself to musically get better and better. In high school, he battled all the best singers in the neighborhood and won every talent show he entered, including state and national singing championships, with the guidance of his choir director, Miss Sue Ableson.
Since the age of 8, JD Smoove has been performing nationally with gospel, R&B and hip-hop artists. When he was young, he sang with the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. (GMWA), was featured on three of the Youth for Christ Shabbat Choir’s albums, and recorded on Danell Daymon and Royalty’s first album in 2006. He has opened for Lauryn Hill, Bilal, YukMouth, Maxwell, Dwele, Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Reverend James Moore, The Winans, Tye Tribbett, and Kim Burrell. He also sang the national anthem for The Sonics at the Washington State Basketball Championship at the old Key Arena and Tacoma Dome.
JD Smoove began his career in gospel, and currently sings and plays drums with the Next Level Christian Center Church on Thursdays and Sundays. Transitioning into R&B is natural for JD, because it enables him to express his romantic and intimate side. He describes his sound as “music for today with the feel of the 70s, where every jam was your jam and moves you to want to do something” (quoting someone?) JD’s sound is reminiscent of R. Kelly, Jamie Foxx, and Ginuwine.
He is deeply inspired by Michael Jackson, Kim Burrell and the Clark Sisters, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Bilal, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Lonnie Williams, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Elvis, and most importantly, his own family. He is also greatly influenced by and collaborates with Du4Self Records’ J-Mar Da Sik, E-Real, and Big Mark.
JD describes his upcoming mixtape, Phreak Musiq, as “pornoGraphic” music that is raunchy music for the bedroom. In it, he directly and openly shares the testimonials of his twenties. This is JD’s first solo mixtape after many years of singing on other musician’s projects. After Phreak Musiq is released, JD already had plans for several more projects that represent different aspects of his life, including one for the marijuana smokers. JD explains that the mission of his music is to touch people in a way nothing else can, create a space where the listeners and him can be in the moment together, and give people music they want to listen to over and over again.