"A penetrating songwriter with a heartrending, classic folk vocal style...recalls the melancholic introspection of the late, great Nick Drake. No kidding."
-Jim Musser/Iowa City Press Citizen
About the Westmont Fringe Festival - "Faculty member Victoria Finlayson choreographed Beautiful Margaret, a heartrending piece based on Carmina Gaedelica, a series of 19th century Scottish hymns; the dancers beautifully captured the essence of both the sacred and the everyday. Jan Smith composed and sang the music in a way that nearly induced tears of reverence." (See photos by Brad Elliott).
-Felicia M. Tomasko/The Santa Barbara Independent
"Jan Smith is a clear-eyed singer-songwriter with a compelling stage presence and a voice like steel wrapped in velvet."
-Karen Impola/KUNI-FM 90.5
"Jan Smith's solo debut, "Bowling Night," is a beautiful, evocative record."
-David Zollo/Trailer Records
"Fragile and powerful. Jan's music is stunning."
-Johnette Black/Black Book
"With her self-produced solo debut, "Bowling Night", Jan Smith steps front and center with remarkable sure-footedness..."
-Jim Musser/Iowa City Press Citizen - read the review