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Karen Smith takes tea with St Hugh's - New album to be presented at Florida alumni party

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Karen Smith
From left: Patricia Edwards, Gem Myers and Karen Smith as a 'Package'.

On or off stage, Karen Smith has an inviting smile and, merry eyes. Still, those orbs which have reflected on thousands of persons at numerous events, have an added sparkle when she speaks about St Hugh's High School.

Next month, the school ties that bind, will be part of the presentation of Smith's new album, Rush, as she will perform at a tea party hosted by the South Florida alumni. "It is my honour to be associated with my school," Smith said, describing St Hugh's as "my original and loyal audience".

It is not the 14-track set's only connection to the southern US, state; as it was recorded there. "It is my privilege to have worked with the legend himself, Willie Lindo," Smith said, also noting the in-studio chemistry between Willie and his song, Kashief. Among the tracks on the set are, Don't Let The Children Cry (one of two songs on the album Wilie Lindo wrote) and Midnight Lover (for which there is a video on YouTube). The title track of a set dominated numerically by covers is a remake of Paula Abdul's original.

As much as making the album was satisfying, Smith said, "the studio is lonely. I miss the audience." It does not have to be a large, live listernship. Smith stated that, "if it is 20 people or two people singing Happy birthday to you," she gets fulfilment from the experience.

"That is how I know I am born to sing. I am not a lawyer, a teacher, a nurse, a banker. I was born to be an entertainer," Smith said. "I am happy I am doing what I am supposed to do. I am going to continue doing it as long as someone, somewhere, wants to hear me."

Smith has teamed up with Patricia Edwards and Gem Myers to form Package. They came together for a finals of the televised high-school competition 'All Together Sing' and the response was "overwhelming.

"It just happened, and we are grateful," Smith said. "We enjoy being in it and the voices blend. We specialise in the type of songs that are not so popular anymore - tight, clean harmonies and deep lyrics."