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April Smith’s Fan-Funded Album Release Follows A Wave Of Critical Acclaim

BROOKLYN, NY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — April Smith & The Great Picture Show will self-release Songs For A Sinking Ship on February 23, 2010. Smith and her band are riding a wave of critical acclaim, including the proclamation, "It's possible you haven't heard much about April Smith, but all that is about to change." The 11-track album was produced by Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs).

April Smith & The Great Picture Show play sassy pop music informed by the '30s and '40s, juke joints and cabaret, the Andrews Sisters and Tom Waits. Smith — born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey, and now based in Brooklyn — covers a wide range as a singer and songwriter, from the heartbroken ballad "Beloved" to the cheeky tell-off "Stop Wondering" and the sexy swagger of "Wow and Flutter." Her voice swoons and seduces, and then escalates to breathtaking peaks, backed by piano, upright bass, drums, guitar, horns, ukulele, accordion and even, when the occasion warrants, a suitcase used as a bass drum.

April Smith supported a national tour by singer and Eagles/Linda Ronstadt songwriter J.D. Souther in 2008 and played Lollapalooza 2009, in addition to appearing on an episode of the syndicated TV show Fearless Music and recording sessions for New York radio stations WRXP-FM and WFUV-FM — all as an unsigned artist with no current album. In the summer of 2009, Smith sought to raise $10,000 to record and release Songs For A Sinking Ship from her fans via , a fundraising site for artists and creators. In the two months allotted for the campaign, Smith exceeded her goal, eventually earning more than $13,000 in pledges as fans eagerly anticipated the new album. Smith's song "Terrible Things" is currently featured in a promo spot for the Showtime TV series Californication, viewable here: