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June 20, 2013

In a flash

Local musician plans beach event to promote single

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“I’m hoping that a lot of people show up,” Smith said. “I’ve (also) got a professional photographer coming to videotape it. So, I’m hoping that it will look good, so we can get it on YouTube and support a viral marketing initiative.”

Perhaps the biggest problem will be getting all those people out to the island at dinnertime.

“The light will be beautiful on Plum Island,” Kimball said. “It will just be challenging getting the people into that place.”

Smith started her musical life as a dancer at the age of 5 and slowly began realizing that she would rather make the music than strictly dance to it. She describes her music as a mix of pop, country and a little bit of soft rock and says that many people compare her sound to Sheryl Crow. She has been playing professionally for 12 years and has made a pair of home-recorded albums.

A two-year project, “Victoria” marks her first time recording in a professional studio with a professional-level band, including well-known guitarist Tony Savarino, local musician Mike Levesque on drums and Sean McLaughlin on bass.

“In the beginning, I just had a couple of songs,” Smith said. “And the band really liked them. They told me I should do a full record, so it really inspired me to get to work and to start writing more songs, and I was able to execute it all.”

Smith and her band are hoping to host a CD release party in Salem in July. But for now, the flash mob awaits.

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