Composer/Keyboards/Bandleader, Jalon Smith is sure to leave his mark on the Music Industry with his multi-faceted musical skill set. Jalon’s musical abilities began to bloom at an early age when he began playing the piano in church at age 6. He continued his musical matriculation by attending Bethune-Cookman University as a vocal major, where he studied with legendary opera tenor Curtis Rayam. While there Jalon was afforded an opportunity to perform with the world-renown jazz drummer Max Roach. It was through this experience that Jalon gained a love for music education, began to explore all music genres, and expand on his musical versatility as a vocalist/pianists/performer.
Because of his unique skill-set, Jalon has served in several musical capacities in his young career. As an educator, Jalon taught in the Fulton County school system as a choral instructor. Over that time he served as the Fulton South County Choral Coordinator and as Fulton County High School Honor Choir adjudicator. In his never-ending pursuit for knowledge, Jalon earned his master’s degree in Music Education from Boston University’s School of Music in 2010.
In 2013, he left the public school to start the band SouthWesTerminal, and pursue music as a full time career. That same year served as a music director on Bishop Paul S. Morton’s grammy-nominated album “Best Days Yet”. As a producer/musician, Jalon’s gifts have taken him around the world and allowed him to share the stage with artists including Angie Stone, Chaka Kahn, Kim Burrell, India Arie, Monica, Neyo, Raphael Saddiq, and countless others. Jalon currently tours with Keith Sweat, serves as the musical director for Changing-A-Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga, and runs his own music imprint, Chimney Kriket Music.