NYC opera singer performs at JCJC

By Sheri Falk – bio | email



Jones County, MS (WDAM) - A New York City opera singer and Jones County Junior College alumnus has returned to his roots to help kick off the college's Spring Recital Series.


Bryce "Billy" Smith, an award winning opera singer is originally from Lumberton. Friday, Smith performed for students and members of the public, he also took time before the recital to share tips with vocal students.


 Smith's powerful voice has landed him in performances all throughout the country and he said, he's glad to be back where it all began.


 "I talk to my friends and they say, you have sang at Carnegie Hall, you've got a successful company, you are a success! You are doing it, you are living the dream. It just goes to show, if you don't take a step back and really look at life for what it is you will miss out on so much. This opportunity has really given me the chance to say, wow I am doing something special and I am having fun with what I am doing."


In addition to being an opera singer, Smith has also helped charter non-profit theatre companies in New York as well as New Orleans. Also, in 2008, he created Opera Manhattan Repertory Theater, which caters to all different types of artists.


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