Born and raised in Berkeley, CA., Shirley A. Smallwood started out training and performing classical music both vocals and violin from elementary through high school. Her bother gave her Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaugh albums as birthday gifts and she instantly got hooked.
Smallwood has performed with many groups as either a featured vocalist or back-up vocalist with Yancy Taylor Quartet, EC Scott and Smoke, BedRock, and Soundwave. She as done numerour TV, film, and voice-over projects which includes Tiger Balm radio spots as Jerry Rice's mother, music videos with New Power Generation (The Artist Know as Prince's band), the rapper Paris, educational videos on spousal abuse, safety, role models for children, and The Little Rock 9.
Smallwood wrote and sang the Italian aria for the independent film ""Zoli's Brain", produced and directed by Tiffany Schwalain. "Zoli's Brain" premiered at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. She co-stared as Brenda in "She's Got Next", produced and directed b Tricia C. Valencia of Flaca Films. Smallwood selected and performed all the music for Mike and Jeff Nishimura's play "Avenues". She co-starred in two productions at the New Conservatory Theater, "The Last Session" as Tryshia the Diava and the legendary Bricktop in "Red, Hot, and Cole". She played Sister Mary Hubert in Dan Groggins' "Messhuga Nuns" at the Pacifice Repertory Theater in
Smallwood recieved her BA in Music from Holy Names College and is a proud member of Theatre Bay Area. With deep appreciation and gratitude, I wish to thank my family and friends for all their love and support.
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