Eric Smith

Eric played bass on all of the songs on “Forward”, bringing his funky groove, creativity and positive spirit to all of his tracks. His nickname “Pik Funk” is well-earned for his super funky bass style. Eric is the consummate professional and he quickly played the perfect part on every song we threw his way in just a few takes. Carl and Eric are like family and Eric has played bass on many studio and live projects for Carl over their friendship of 30+ years. These include touring with Sheila E, Michelle Shocked and many more.

Eric has played with many top artists in his career including Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child, P Diddy, Babyface, Jamie Foxx, Jill Scott and many more. He has also served as the Music Director/Band Leader for Rhianna, Lalah Hathaway, Fantasia and many others.

In 2021, Eric was named to the prestigious SJ Mercury News all-time Top 25 Bay Area bass players list. He currently is the Music Director for Latoya London and plays often around the US with his brother Jubu in Legally Blynde & The Jubu Smith Experience.

A man of strong faith, Eric is a monster musician who is also an admirably down-to-earth and humble rock star. I think that this line from his website sums him up perfectly: “He is a pleasant soul with an infectious smile. He finds a friend in all those who know him and regards himself as “blessed” in every way”.

I loved what Eric brought to the record and also enjoyed getting to know him better. I look forward to working together lots more in the future.

– Jay Middleton