Neesy Smith - Bio
While Neesy Smith isn't a name you may have heard, it's likely you've heard her work. Smith has worked as a backing vocalist for the better part of 40 years, performing with some of Australia's best known artists like Kate Ceberano and Jo Jo Smith and worked with musicians from Men at Work, Mondo Rock and Goanna, and has appeared on 24 albums.
Neesy was a long standing member of Roots/Blues/Reggae Band Fats Wah Wah performing on 4 albums with them, and has also spent over 30 years performing folk/contemporary with her long time mate Michelle Chandler in a duo called ‘Girls 2’ releasing their album ‘Waking’. She also spent 5 years with Folk/Blues Artist Richard Cooke and performed on 3 albums with him. Neesy also loves performing Jazz and spent a few years with the 9 piece house band for the Skylark Room called ‘The Skylarks’.
With these bands she has performed at a plethora of venues and festivals including Bluesfest Byron Bay, Fok Rhythm and Life, The Apollo Bay Music Festival, Eltham Blues Festival, Mordialloc Food & Wine Festival, Burke & Wills Festival, Maldon Festival and Thredbo Blues Festival and opened for the likes of Vika and Linda, Jojo Zep and The Falcons and Archie Roach. Melbourne Venues.
Neesy started songwriting with Michelle Chandler in the early 90’s which led to their debut album ‘Waking’ launched at the Continental in Prahran to a full house. The album sold out quickly at Gigs & Festivals so they re-released the album in 2010 for their US Tour which took them to Boston, New York, Nashville and San Francisco.
A local to the Victorian Dandenong Ranges, Neesy has been a driving force in her local music scene, mentoring up and coming artists, hosting a long running community radio program (Now and Then on Radio 3MDR 97.1 fm), running a variety of Open Mics and managing local festivals and music events.