“When You’re here, I am a stronger me.” This lyrical declaration reflects the place from which Christian singer/songwriter/speaker Angel Smythe draws inspiration. Angel is a gifted woman of faith, passion, and conviction with an unforgettable name. Her infectious personality and love for life draw people to her from all walks of life. Her love for music began at an early age, and she has shared her talent with thousands around the world. More than talent, Angel has a big heart for encouraging and inspiring people by sharing her personal journey with others.
Angel Smythe has graced the stages of some of the largest churches in America, yet also feels right at home sharing her music and message with children in Mexico or women in local prisons. With more than three decades in ministry, Angel’s passion is to help people move from brokenness to breakthrough, from strongholds to strength, from hurting to healing, and from fear to faith.
The Orange County, Calif.-based powerhouse grew up knowing her calling was music, starting out as a group singer and on worship teams. Angel eventually struck out on her own, started headlining her own gigs, and recorded an indie CD in 2007. But she had more than a crazy dream (and the edgiest pop/rock voice this side of Kelly Clarkson) on her side: “Have I not commanded you? Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).
The Los Angeles Music Awards must have printed up a special gold pass for the Almighty, because He was there with her at the Avalon Theatre when she walked the red carpet to become the first Contemporary Christian artist ever to win (or even be nominated for) three top prizes at the 21st annual event, celebrating the best in indie music making. In trouncing her secular competition, Angel won for Record of the Year (A Stronger Me), Best Female Singer/Songwriter, and Producer’s Choice for Contemporary Christian Album of the Year.
Angel states, “Sometimes God shows us how far he’s brought us and sometimes He shows us ahead of time. I feel that He placed a vision and conviction in me to sing from a place of victory and not victimhood. I called my first album, The Journey, but the real journey has been having the courage to make this current breakthrough.”
The road to this point had been littered with a lot of struggles that might have shaken the faith of a lesser spirit. Angel came from a broken home and spent years defining herself by the opinions of other people; the track “Breakthrough” is about smashing through that cloud of oppression and learning to see herself the way God sees her.
“It feels really good to be able to confidently take steps in my career that I once felt too paralyzed to do,” Angel says. “I’ve been afraid about what may lie at the end of that road, but I’ve learned it’s best to just step out there and watch God do miracles. When I finished recording A Stronger Me, somehow I knew it wasn’t the end of something, but only the beginning.”
Upon completion of the CD, A Stronger Me, Angel felt God’s calling to develop a women’s ministry along the same theme. As she has shared her testimony for many years, she has found that her heart is to help and encourage women on their personal journeys to reach their potential to be strong, bold, and courageous. Her authenticity, humor, and passion cause women to resonate with her as she sings and speaks straight from the heart.
“We’re not always in a state of brokenness, but at times we can get stuck a little bit. Even great heroes of faith have needed to press on when life brings its share of challenges. These conferences are designed to help those who need a ‘lifeline’ as well as those who just need a spiritual ‘pick-me-up’,” Angel says.
A Stronger Me was largely produced in Nashville by Keith Everette Smith (Charles Billingsley, Meredith Andrews, Anthem Lights, The Bolts) and includes the work of top session players like drummer Dan Needham (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Michael McDonald), bassist Tony Lucido (Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa), guitarist Mike Payne (Matthew West), drummer Dan Bailey (Phil Wickham), drummer Justin Glasco (Jeremy Camp, Joy Williams, Vicky Beeching), and vocalist/vocal producer Josh Auer.
Over the course of Angel’s years in ministry, she has worked with top Christian and pop artists like Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Jaci Velasquez, Tim Davis (“Glee”), Sheila Walsh, Darlene Zschech, Tommy Walker, Holland Davis, Mandisa, David Pack, James Ingram, Lou Rawls, Jadon Lavik, Charles Billingsley, Morris Chapman, Sandi Patty, Crystal Lewis and Travis Ryan, among others.
Angel Smythe married Brian Parisi in April of 2015. He is a long-awaited answer to prayer. They live in Lake Forest, CA with their dog, Stella, a.k.a. Pookie.