For 30 years he worked as a session-touring guitarist and bassist for such act as Chi-Lites, R. Kelly, share the stage with Najee, Stanley Jordan. During that time he also worked as a clinician, educator and journalist. As a recording artist for his own label Kenn Smith Music, he has written, produced and release six (6) CD’s.
To this day his reputation continues to grow as he is recognize as one of the most diverse guitarist and bassist in the world. Admired by many for his eclectic versatility as a musician and composer in all areas of music notably jazz, jazz fusion, ambient, electronic music, rock .
It all began when the family move to the south-side of Chicago in 1975, Smith began his guitar studies at age 13 with a visit to the local music store purchasing two Mel Bay books. In 1977 he was honored with a scholarship to the School of Art Institute where he studied Electronic Music. In 1978, the family moved to Maywood, Illinois, were at age 16 he began classical studies with guitarist Bruce Walters for a year, and later continue studies at Jack Cecchini Studio in Chicago till 1982.
While attending Proviso East High School, he played electric guitar and timpani in the Proviso Township Orchestra and guitar and bass in the Proviso East High School jazz band, were he received the Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Jazz Improvisation during his senior year.