Alice Tweed Smith grew up in Houston's historic 5th Ward and graduated from Kashmere High School. Her soulful vocal ability was identified by many at an early age which is probably the quality that first attracted the attention of one of the great rock groups of the 1970s and '80s, the West Coast-based ensemble known as War. Tweed Smith is the only female ever to be a member, with whom she toured from 1979-1981 and was considered a gift to the band.
This talented alto singer has various other impressive professional credentials, including a featured part in the American National Touring Company production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. During her California tenure (1979-83) she also logged studio work as a backup vocalist for a long list of stars (Diane Reeves, Sly Stone, Sarah Vaughn, and Bobby Womack, to name just a few), and even worked with former Beatle Ringo Starr and the Rolling Stone's Ron Wood.
In 1983, Smith moved to New York City, where she honed her craft as a jazz singer, especially during a long running gig at The Baby Grand (located just down the street from the famous Apollo Theater). Today, happily based again in her hometown of Houston, Texas, Smith is able to draw from a deep well of musical exposure and expertise. She finds great joy in singing, whatever the venue or occasion and giving back the gift God gave her by working with local non-profit artist organizations.
On September 29, 2019 the Houston Blues Society held its annual Houston Blues Challenge. Tweed Smith & the Internationals was selected to represent our great city of Houston at the International Blues Challenge (IBC).The IBC event was held January 29-February 1, 2020 in Memphis, TN. Tweed Smith and the Internationals competed with over 170 artists from around the world and were selected as finalist.
No doubt most will agree that a Tweed Smith performance has multi-faceted stylistic appeal and she has earned the title of true seasoned professional as well as a living musical legend.