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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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."