Inspired by the likes of Janet Jackson and Aaliyah, Kayla Brianna Smith is a pop-oriented contemporary R&B vocalist who arrived during the early 2010s. A granddaughter of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Gerry Goffin, and a daughter of former professional basketball player Kenny Smith, she was discovered by industry veteran Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga, Tamar Braxton) and signed to Interscope.
Smith toured with Mindless Behavior and Jacob Latimore and recorded some material, including “Bombs Away” (2012) and the Meek Mill collaboration “I Got That” (2013), while with the major label. She subsequently went independent and increased her public profile on the scripted reality television series Meet the Smiths. A cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (2014) produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis was followed by original material like “Honest” (2015) and “Do You Remember” (2015). The latter featured Rich Homie Quan and registered on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. ~ Andy Kellman
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