Born on August in Whitman, Massachusetts, Smith found interest in drums upon hearing marching bands during parades in his hometown as a child. He received his first drum kit at two years old. In 1963, at an early age of nine, he started studying the drums with a local teacher, Bill Flanagan, who had his share of playing in big bands in the swing era. He had his first real drum set at twelve. As a teenager, Smith performed in the school band program and garage bands. His first paid gig was with a garage band. He later played in a professional Brockton concert band and in the big band at the local college, Bridgewater State College. Smith went on to study music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where learned under renowned teachers, Gary Chaffee and Alan Dawson.
In 1974, Smith joined the Lin Biviano Big Band, with whom he toured and recorded for two years. He also toured with jazz violinist Jean Luc Ponty in 1976, as well as with Ronnie Montrose in 1977. It was during his tour with Montrose that Smith was asked to join the rock band Journey, replacing Aynsley Dunbar ao smith z1. He joined singer Steve Perry, lead guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, and bassist Ross Valory in the band. Smith played drums, toured and recorded with the band from 1978 to 1985, during the period which is considered most successful for the band. The group then decided to take some time off in 1985. Smith focused on jazz, and pursued his career as a session player. He has played on numerous hits with various artists, including, Mariah Carey, Savage Garden, Bryan Adams, Andrea Bocelli, Corrado Rustici, and Ray Price. He also played with a number of high-profile jazz artists, such as Mike Mainieris group Steps Ahead, Tom Coster, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Liebman, Anthony Jackson, Mike Stern, George Brooks Summit, Scott Henderson, Buddy Rich Big Band, and many more.
In 1983, while still a member of Journey, Smith formed his own jazz/fusion group, Steve Smith and Vital Information. He is also the bandleader of Steve Smiths Jazz Legacy, featuring Andy Fusco on alto sax, Walt Weiskof on tenor and soprano saxes, Mark Soskin on piano, and Baron Browne on bass. The group pays tribute to great jazz drummers.
In 1995, the band re-united and recorded a comeback album, Trial by Fire, released the following year. The recording included the chart-topper When you Love a woman, a single that gave Journey a Grammy nomination. The band planned a subsequent tour following the success of their album; however, Steve Perry sustained a hip injury, so the band decided to look for a new vocalist. It was during this time that Smith also decided to leave the band.
Steve Smiths explosive solos gained him much acclaim. He was named in 2001 as one of the Top 25 Drummers of all time in Modern Drummer Magazine after being voted as #1 All-Around Drummer for five consecutive years. In 2002, he was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. The following year, his Hudson Music DVD Steve Smith Drumset Technique – History of the U. S Beat was voted #1 Educational DVD of 2003. Smiths calendar is filled with drum clinics, which showcases his exceptional drumming techniques and concepts to students all over the world. When i was first introduced to Mormonism and its originating prophet, Joseph Smith, in 1970 at the age of nineteen, the first thing I had asked the Mormon missionaries was, “What did Joseph Smith prophesy? ” Surely, if Smith was a prophet, he had foreseen something that was to happen, and had predicted it correctly by the gift and power of God; and I distinctly recall the older of the first two missionaries I had ever known, Craig Burgess, from someplace in Utah, quipping, “Joseph Smith predicted the Civil War. ” Well, I recall that my first reply to Burgess’ statement wasn’t “Show me where he correctly prophesied the War Between the States, ” but, rather, “Wow! That’s incredible. ” For some reason, which i now, in hindsight, attribute to emotion, I didn’t fully reference and understand the Mormon scripture about that particular prophecy of Joseph Smith until several years later, and, by then, I was trying very hard to derive sense from what I was beginning to discover was nonsense.
The scripture about the Civil War is found in D&C 87: 1-6. Before you read it, consider, for a moment, all of the Northern and Southern politicians and commentators who spoke publicly, and wrote in newspapers and magazines, about the upcoming bellicose split between the Northern and Southern states, from 1830 until it finally happened in 1861. There were many people less literate than Joseph Smith, who kept up with current events and predicted a war between the North and the South. Now, let’s look at what Joseph Smith said in 1832:
“Verily, thus saith the lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls. And the time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place. For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then war shall be poured out upon all nations. And it shall come to pass, after many days, slaves shall rise up against their masters, who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war. And it shall come to pass also that the remnants who are left of the land will marshal themselves, and shall become exceedingly angry, and shall vex the Gentiles with a sore vexation. And thus, with the sword and by bloodshed the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn; and with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath made a full end of all nations”