Writer of popular songs for such artists as the Jackson 5, Bobby Brown.
He learned several instruments in his youth, but always showed a foundational knack for writing.
He wrote two songs with Barry White, Whatever We Had We Had and Don't You Want to Know, for the artist's multi-platinum album The Icon is Love from 1994.
He signed himself and his brothers as the band The Smith Connection under their Invictus label.
He also collaborated with Isaac Hayes.