Caroline Smith Preview

Laurel Feakes

From writing angsty teenage songs about unrequited love in the lunch line to playing shows around the country, neo-soul artist Caroline Smith is coming to Vaudeville Mews on Nov. 22 at 9 p.m.


Smith is a constantly-evolving artist. From her beginnings in folk, to indie-rock and now a neo-soul-90s-R&B vibe. Neo-soul is a sub-genre of R&B and soul that carries a strong female presence. Her new album, “Half About Being a Woman”, represents self-acceptance and growing into yourself.


“I want people who listen to my music, man or woman, to feel more confident in themselves and their appearance, no matter what size they are. I also want people to just feel good and want to dance when they hear my songs,” Smith said.


It seems fitting that Smith behaves this way about her fans. Smith is a big fan of Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Carole King, and most recently, Canadian singer-songwriter, Feist. These influences are well noticed in her music, but with a little bit of 90’s flare. Smith said that TLC and Boyz II Men influences can be heard throughout her songs.


The last time Smith was in town was for the 80/35 Music Festival. Des Moines constantly has shown support for Smith and she is excited to give back to the community that gives her so much, said Christain Hee, Smith’s manager. According to Hee, concert goers can expect excitement and a workout from all the dancing.

The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and the show is available to people 21 and older. Tickets are available at the door.