Kass Smith is a bilingual, award-winning, Jamaican-born singer, songwriter, fine artist, entrepreneur, holistic teacher, and motivational life coach who has lived in Mexico for most of his life. Born Roger Kassiano Smith in Hanover, Jamaica, in a family of five, Kass began singing and performing at the age of six. His father, an architect, and mother a school principal and Justice of the Peace, instilled focussed work and determination as key to achieving preset goals. At the age of nine, he won his first gold medal in the national performing arts festival. This was the genesis of a prolific career as a recording artist, writer, musician, and actor. In the years to follow, Kass performed at various theatres across the island and received several gold, silver, and bronze medals in the national festival awards. He also acted alongside Christopher Walken in “Going to Extremes” and Maxi Priest in “SCAM“
Kass studied painting, Jazz piano, and vocals while at Cornwall College and then went on to study Business at the University of the West Indies where he graduated with an honors degree. While at the University he continued to make waves on the entertainment scene and opened for artists like Grammy-winning Reggae artists Shabba Ranks and Gregory Isaacs. His performances, which were punctuated with spontaneity and a stage presence that commanded the full attention of his audiences, won him the “JFM Best New Artist Award” in 1990. In 1992 Kass moved to Mexico, learned Spanish, and landed a successful four-year, three-album deal with EMI – Music Records. His 1996 album “KuKaramakara” which included ten original songs and four covers, was produced by Midi Ortega (GrupoMoeña). He then became a household name in Latin America after releasing “Ay Cosita Linda“, the hit single from his debut album that featured, what would become his signature sound, a unique blend of Mexican music with original Jamaican/Caribbean flavors. That mega-hit gave way to performances at international events such as the Miss Mexico World Beauty Pageant, Siempre en Domingo, Octoberfest, The Acapulco 96 and 97 Festivals, Merida Carnival, Coca Cola Tour, Veracruz Carnival, Hard Rock Live, and the annual Teleton, a benefit concert for disabled children. He has shared the stage with Paul Anka, Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, Los Pericos from Argentina, and recently Rick Ross, Beenie Man, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Kymani Marley at the High Vibes Reggae Festival in Jamaica. His notoriety has exposed him to over 150 countries worldwide via Televisa’s International Broadcasting Network.
In 2013 Kass recorded his hit single “ Bote de Bananas” under the watchful eye of Charlie Santana (Banda Recodo) and returned to Jamaica to produce his English album “Journeys”, with Dean Frazer. This album features the original song written by Kass that speaks about his “Journey” in Mexico.
Two years later, in 2015 he did a remake of the classic “Besame Mucho” in Reggae and “Room in My Father ́s House”, an original by renowned writer and producer Mikie Bennett, that speaks of religious and spiritual inclusion, independent of class, color or race. He later co-wrote and recorded “Pushing You”, with Teacha Dee in English and Spanish, a solid social commentary about how to overcome the nuances of the system, and “Cuando Cuando” with Nateesha Stream. “Pushing You” later made it onto the top ten worldwide Reggae list. He is the owner of the International Reggaefest in Nayarit Mexico and recently featured an explosive performance with Teacha Dee and Nateesha Stream on that show. Kass also provided an outstanding performance at the Aarhus Reggae Festival in Denmark. With an ever-growing concern for the energy imbalance on the planet and particularly in Jamaica, Kass transmits a message of peace and well-being through his music and the creation of abundance on all levels of consciousness. His new álbum “JOURNEYS ” features 15 songs with the first single being “En Casode Incendio” an original Dancehall/Reggaeton mix in English and Spanish
Kass Smith is also the owner and creator of Real de Talpa, a 180-acre holistic reserve being built, close to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and has been featured on programs such as Telemundo’s, “Sabado Gigante” with Don Francisco, “Un Nuevo Dia”, “Desayuno Alegre” and CNN Latino. He is considered to be one of the most radical holistic teachers who help people remove negative programming and make profound changes by showing them how to unlock the code within the code and create abundance at all levels. He has shared with people like Jerry Bedlington, Michael Beckwith‘s former assistant and founder of Inner Wizdom, Susan Lowe, and thousands of others who have been to his courses or have had private sessions through his “Light by Kass Smith” abundance teachings. Kass is also a pilot and travels constantly worldwide in his own plane, teaching these courses on the art of manifesting by creating financial, emotional, spiritual, and physical abundance and harmony.