Byron J. Smith is a native of Los Angeles, born in June 1960. He received his B.M. from California State University, Long Beach and his M.M. from California State University, Los Angeles. He is an associate professor of music at Los Angeles Harbor College, where he specializes in commercial music, teaching music industry courses such as "The Business of Commercial Music," workshops for song writers, and Choir and Commercial piano and voice.
Byron freelances as music director, studio musician, arranger and producer. He has worked with numerous artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis, Barbra Streisand, and Barry Manilow to Clifton Davis, Bebe Winnans and Daryl Coley. He is the owner of Onyx Music Publishing, where his choral works have sold thousands of titles throughout the country and the world. His professional ensemble, “The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles,” has received rave reviews for its work in keeping alive the Negro spiritual and other music for more than 20 years.
Byron J. Smith coordinates and is the director/organist of the music ministry at the Grant A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles. He currently holds the office of National President of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.