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Smooth was a self-taught musician, and started creating original music at the age of 12. In his teenage years, he began to make a name for himself as a DJ in the underground Chicago house music scene.

In the 1980's he gained international acclaim with the release of his tracks "Promised Land" (featuring Anthony Thomas), "They Want To Be Free" and "I Try".

He is best known for "Promised Land", which spoke of how humans as brothers and sisters will all make it to the "Promised Land". It peaked at #56 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1989.

Promised Land 1989

An album became available in 1988, and a music video was produced for the single. A follow up album, Rejoice, was released in 1990, and contained the hit single "They Want To Be Free."