Beau Smith

Born and bred in Cincinnati Ohio, Beau grew up in the fold of the church. From his earliest childhood days he was influenced by the sound of gospel, especially as it was interpreted by his father Dennis, who was a member of a prominent and respected Gospel Quartet. Although Beau sung gospel in the church, he had never considered a career in music. It was not until he emigrated to Australia in 1983 that he began to develop, expand and utilise his vocal talents to embrace a career as a vocalist.

His early beginnings were in Perth, WA, appearing on local television and at various venues ranging from the Sheraton, Hilton and Burswood Casinos (at all of which he enjoyed extended seasons), to corporate functions and Cabaret Rooms. In 1989 Beau competed on Darryl Somers' "New Faces", achieving resounding success, winning the first series with the highest score of the entire series. Following his win on the program, Beau and his wife Frances moved residence to New South Wales and began a busy schedule which has seen him appear as a regular guest on The Midday Show, Hey Hey It's Saturday, as well as on numerous other television programs. He is a popular and highly acclaimed performer on the club circuit, acknowledged with a "MO" award nomination. His talents are extended to and appreciated on the corporate circuit, the Jazz circuit (Beau has been the Ambassador for the Grafton Jazz Festival since its inception in 1984) and the international five star hotel circuit. He also held the highest entertainment ranking for the P&O Fairstar while she was in service.

Recently, Beau has written and recorded a 14 track CD, and appeared in the lead role of Jim in the Sydney production of the musical Big River. He maintains his busy schedule from his base in the Hunter Valley.

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