By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Driven by the perspective that the world is filled with materialistic consumerism and has lost sight on life’s simplest things, Halifax, Canada-based musician Reeny Smith (she/her) was inspired to pen her latest single with an appropriate title – “Love Trumps Money.”
The track was co-written in Smith’s home studio, along with label-mate Dennis Ellsworth and was mixed in the Paris home of producer Nicolas Gueguen (Laurence Nerbonne, Laurent Bourque, Beat Assailant).
Regarded by others in the same vein of Alicia Keys and Tamar Braxton, “Love Trumps Money” has exemplified that Smith has matured extravagantly since her 2015 debut EP ‘I Am Reeny.’
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to chat with her about “Love Trumps Money” and more.
Music Bugle – What inspired your new single “Love Trumps Money”?
Reeny Smith – The message of “Love Trumps Money” is simple and direct. Money can’t buy happiness, it can’t bring peace and it can’t buy love. The world is so consumed with materialistic things and we’ve lost sight of the things that really matter.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Halifax, Canada to someone who has never been there before?
Reeny Smith – It’s like a big city in a small package. You get the best of both worlds – the closeness of a small community with a friendly vibe that’s welcoming in all one place. Downtown is now developing into what feels like real city life.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Reeny Smith – Jazmine Sullivan and Queen Naija are currently on repeat.
Music Bugle – How would you compare your newest music to your oldest?
Reeny Smith – Overall, the biggest change is the development of the depth of my lyrics and what I am trying to do vocally. I’ve also branched out, working with a number of people from around the world, like France and Japan.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Reeny Smith – I wish that true talent had an equal chance to be discovered and appreciated alongside the megastars that are being made by big business. I wish I could turn on my radio – not a streaming service – and be surprised by what I hear, that could turn into something I really love.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder for a musician to stand out these days?
Reeny Smith – It’s a slippery slope. It’s easy to get into the trap of duplicating what others have done. If you can find a way to be original, it’s easier to stand out. Otherwise, fans will notice the similarities.
Music Bugle – How would you define the year 2020?
Reeny Smith – 2020 has had a lot of low points, but I also think it’s been beneficial for us to be with ourselves and slow down. It’s been a year that has challenged all of us, but hopefully, we will become better people for it.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Reeny Smith – My publisher says, “Reeny, is it done yet?” but my community catchphrase is “Keep doin’ what you’re doin’.” I like that.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you feel the need to escape?
Reeny Smith – I do two things – I will go take a drive down near the waterfront. I find water comforting. The other is to hide in my studio and lock the door.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Reeny Smith – It’s been tough, but at the same time, I consider myself a homebody. I do miss having the opportunity to simply do random things like going to a restaurant, shopping or see family members, like everyone else.
*Photo credit – Meaghan Downey*