Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith


Bassist Rhonda Smith attended McGill University in Montreal and studied jazz performance.

She has worked with many notable Canadian artists and won a Juno award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Contemporary Jazz album for her work with Jim Hillman and the Merlin Factor.

Through a chance encounter with Sheila E., Rhonda auditioned for Prince and began recording parts on his Emancipation record the very same day. Rhonda spent nearly a decade touring and recording with Prince, including 88 sold-out dates with an audience of 1.4 million people on the critically acclaimed Musicology tour alone.

She has also played on both the Martin Short Show and The Wayne Brady Show and has been featured on both the covers of Bass Player and Bassics Magazines.

Rhonda has performed with Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Patti LaBelle, Brenda Russell, Erykah Badu, Najee, Candy Dulfer, Larry Graham, Little Richard, George Clinton, as well as others, has released two solo CDs, and is usually sharing the stage, these days, performing alongside Jeff Beck.