Smith (she/her) is a self-taught percussionist who captures “the rhythm of a place and the cadences of people” in performances with a wide range of artists, including two music collectives she founded: Weez the Peeples and Sistahs Laying Down Hands. Smith’s creative practice extends to poetry, theater, teaching, and a healing circle project she calls “spiritual atmosferic cleansing,” featuring percussion, song, and storytelling. As both a lead and accompanying drummer, she is a deeply collaborative improviser who has performed with Pew Fellows Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker, choreographer Debbie Allen, public speaker Stedman Graham, and many others. Her practice is focused on live performance in traditional venues as well as a variety of non-traditional settings, including fashion shows, prisons, martial arts demonstrations, and a grocery store during operating hours. Smith earned a BA in behavioral health studies from Alvernia University and a BS in health science from Kaplan University.