Woman Crush Wednesday: Ebonie Smith

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer, and singer-songwriter. Based in New York City, Smith picked up her first instrument at three years old: a Yamaha keyboard. She has been producing and engineering in music following her time as an undergraduate student at Barnard College and at NYU for her Masters in Music Technology,

Smith is also a founder for Gender Amplified, a non-profit organization that celebrates and nurtures women, girls, and non-binary people producing music. When asked for her inspiration behind starting Gender Amplified, she explained that it was her experience with the need to learn about producing music. “I always wanted to ensure that, for any young girls who were as hungry as I was to learn, they wouldn’t have to learn the way I learned.”

Today, Smith is a two-time Grammy Winner. Aside from being a current member of the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, she’s also working across genres with artists like Kelly Clarkson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Janelle Monae. 

Above all, she’s continuing to advocate for women producers in the industry and gender equality. When talking about Gender Amplified, she says ”I try to make sure young girls recognize that, in terms of education, it’s about the technical abilities and the technical development. But I also envision building a curriculum that looks at how we think about the music business from a gender-based perspective — how technology and masculinity are inextricably linked.”