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Alice Smith in Concert

Alice Smith.
Alice Smith.

Alice Smith's soulful sound is instantly addictive, with her four-octave range allowing her to glide smoothly among upbeat songs, blues belters and romantic ballads. Alternating between stripped-down arrangements and full-band blowouts, Smith works from a variety of influences, from Patti LaBelle to Billie Holiday to Fiona Apple to Barbra Streisand. Smith is performing a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Smith grew up splitting her time between the D.C. area and her grandmother's farm in Georgia. She moved to New York City to attend Fordham University and ultimately launch a music career, and hasn't left since. Her new album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me, came out in September.

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