Earlier this month, Reeny Smith shares her new single, “Dear Santa”. With a gentle, head-nodding groove and the requisite classic Christmas sounds – don’t you hear those sleigh bells ringing? – Reeny Smith’s soulful original song offers up a grateful new take on an old holiday trope.
“Dear Santa” doesn’t ask the jolly old magic man for a new mic, or keyboard, or banjo, or anything at all. Instead, Smith lets Santa know she’s got everything important – family, food, a warm spot to hunker down on a snowy night – and asks him to spread some extra love to those who need it more.
“I don’t want a present, what would I even ask for / It’s that time of year when all I really feel is thankful” Smith sings on this warm, welcome addition to the holiday canon.
“Dear Santa” was written by Reeny, Barbra Lica, and Bobby “B Morales” Hobart, who also produced the song. Bobby and Reeny have previously collaborated on three songs for hip hop star, J. Sheon, as well as a remix of Reeny’s “Good Girl Swag.”
Reeny Smith is a powerhouse on the stage and in the studio. A songwriter, musician, and producer, Reeny has captured much attention and high praise from within the music industry and has already amassed a long list of awards and accolades.
She was first recognized in 2011 with the Portia White Award for Excellence in Vocal Performance, along with a scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for her outstanding musical attributes. Reeny has since received three African Nova Scotia Music Awards for Up and Coming Artist, Rising Star, and Artist of the Year. She has also twice won Music Nova Scotia’s African Canadian Artist of the Year award. Her extraordinary vocals and confident stage presence make for a truly unforgettable, entertaining experience.
Reeny has collaborated within a wide variety of genres – from award winning east coast rapper, Quake Matthews, to classical conductor, composer, and pianist, Dinuk Wijeratne. Reeny’s songs have been covered as far afield as Taiwan and her placements include films and tv series such as Workin’ Moms, Diggstown, and Hudson and Rex.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.