Coming from a musical family, Luke Smith was destined to be a musician. His mother, Ophelia Smith is a critically acclaimed gospel singer and his father, Vassell Smith started playing guitar around his homeland, Jamaica and carried on playing when he arrived in the UK on the Windrush in the 60’s.
Like many musicians, it was in church where he learned to play. First drums at age 9 and then at age 11, keyboards. Although he was playing gospel, it was exposure to reggae, soul and jazz records played by his non church-going cousins that formed the basis of Luke’s career to becoming one of the UK most renown session musicians.
At age 17, Luke enrolled at Arden College of Music by 18 and whilst still a student, began his professional career as the keyboard player in a group called ‘Distance Cousins’ who were signed by Virgin Records and supported 90’s soul star, Lisa Stansfield on her U.K. Arena tour. This followed his first foray into Jazz, in a band who cut their teeth playing around Manchester and the North of England, to securing support tours with jazz giants such as Roy Ayers, Hugh Masakala & Earl Klugh.
In 1992, Luke got his first taste of mainstream sessioning in a 2 years stint with iconic pop/soul group, Hot Chocolate as their main keyboard player. When he returned to Manchester he realised it was time to leave and he moved to London to take the role as the Musical Director of the hit Broadway production of “Mama I Wanna Sing” with Chaka Khan.
In 2006 Luke began his long-standing role as keyboardist in George Michaels band. He was front and centre at Michaels “come back” world tour, the ‘25 Live’ tour which entertained over 650,000 ecstatic fans over the course of a 49 date tour in 11 different countries. This was followed by George Michael creating history as the first artist to play a concert at the then new Wembley Stadium on 9 June 2007.