Kass Smith is a bilingual, award winning, Jamaican-born singer, songwriter, fine artist, entrepreneur, holistic teacher and motivational life coach who has lived in Mexico for most of his life.
Born Roger Kassiano Smith in Hanover, Jamaica, in a family of five, Kass began singing and performing at the age of six . His father, an architect, and mother a school principal and Justice of the peace, instilled focused work and determination as key to achieve preset goals. At the age of nine, he won his first gold medal in the national performing arts festival. This was the genesis of a prolific career as a recording artist, writer, musician and actor. In the years to follow, Kass performed at various theaters across the island and received several gold, silver and bronze medals in the national festival awards. He also acted alongside Christopher Walken in “Going to Extremes” and Maxi Priest in “SCAM.”
Kass studied painting, Jazz piano and vocals while at Cornwall College and then went on to study Management at the University of the West Indies where he graduated with an honors degree. While at the University he continued to make waves on the entertainment scene and opened for artists like Grammy winning reggae artists Shabba Ranks and Gregory Isaacs.
His performances, which punctuate with spontaneity and a stage presence that commanded the full attention of his audiences, won him the “JFM Best New Artist Award” in 1990.
In 1992 Kass moved to Mexico, learned Spanish, and landed a successful four-year, three album deal with Emi – Music Records. His 1996 album KuKaramakara, which included ten original songs and four covers, was produced by Midi Ortega (Grupo Moeña).
He then became a household name in Latin America after releasing “Ay Cosita Linda”, the hit single from his debut album that featured what would become his signature sound; a unique blend of Mexican music with original Jamaican/Caribbean flavors.
That mega hit gave way to performances at international events such as the Miss Mexico World Beauty Pageant, Siempre en Domingo, Octoberfest, The Acapulco 96 and 97 Festivals, Merida Carnival, Coca Cola Tour, Veracruz Carnival, Hard Rock Live, and the annual Teleton, a benefit concert for disabled children.
He has shared the stage with Paul Anka, Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, Los Pericos from Argentina and recently Rick Ross, Beenie man, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Kymani Marley at the High Vibes Reggae Festival in Jamaica. His notoriety has exposed him to over 150 countries worldwide via Televisa’s International Broadcasting Network.
In 2013 Kass recorded his hit single “Bote de bananas” under the watchful eye of Charlie Santana (Banda Recodo) and returned to Jamaica to produce his English album “Journeys”, with Dean Fraser. This album features the original song written by Kass that speaks about his “Journey” in Mexico.
Two years later, in 2015 he did a remake of the classic “Besame Mucho” in reggae and “Room in My Father´s house”, an original by renowned writer and producer Mikie Bennett, that speaks of religious and spiritual inclusion, independent of class , color or race. He later co-wrote and recorded “Pushing You”, with Teacha Dee in English and Spanish; a solid social commentary about how to overcome the nuances of the system; and “Cuando Cuando” with Nateesha Stream. He is the owner of the International Reggaefest in Nayarit Mexico and recently featured an explosive performance with Teacha dee and Nateesha Stream on that show.
With an ever growing concern for the energy imbalance on the planet and particularly in Jamaica, Kass transmits a message of peace and well being through his music and the creation of abundance on all levels of consciousness.
He is the owner and creator of Real de Talpa, a 180 acre holistic reserve being built, close to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and has been featured on programs such as Telemundo’s, “Sabado Gigante” with Don Francisco, “Un Nuevo Dia”, “Desayuno Alegre” and CNN latino. He is considered to be one of the most radical holistic teachers who help people remove negative programming and make profound changes by showing them how to unlock the code within the code and create abundance at all levels.
He has shared with people like Jerry Bedlington, Michael Beckwith’s former assistant and founder of Inner Wizdom, Susan Lowe, and thousands of others who have been to his courses or have had private sessions through his “light by kassiano” abundance teachings. He also a pilot and travels constantly worldwide in his own plane, teaching these courses on the art of manifesting by creating financial, emotional, spiritual and physical abundance and harmony.
“…His shows are explosively entertaining and transformational”……..
“We are spiritual beings having human experiences… Be still and know…”