Born in Germany and raised in California, Reginald Smith Jr. picked up his first saxophone at the age of 12. By 13, he performed his first solo in church and eventually went on to become a prominent gospel artist performing with Vinard Johnson and Twinkie Clark & the Clark Sisters. After graduating high school, Reggie attended Alabama A&M University majoring in music education and leading the saxophone section in the marching band.
Reggie continued performing for prominent people, including Senator Johnny Isakson and Wally “Famous” Amos, and eventually launched his first gospel album “Walk with Me.” Putting his music education degree to work, Reggie has taught the art of music to students throughout Alabama and Louisiana. He has also toured in Eastern Europe, South America France, Switzerland and Brazil. After touring, Reggie released another original album, “Elephant Shoes.” He has also served as the Music Director of Kirk Franklin’s House of Blues Gospel Brunch, performed and recorded with Reggie Smith and the Smithsonians and is the author of an e-book and DVD entitled “Note Expressions Explained.”
Reggie is known as the “Saxsation,” in the Phunky Monkeys and contributes his technical and performance expertise to electrify the performance.