Kevin Smith is a guitarist, gadget geek, songwriter,
and internet hound, the father of two lovely kids,
and a regular dude.
Deanna Ross is a lifelong dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher, a songwriter, jewelry-maker, and proud birthmom, and a devoted word nerd, currently writing her first novel.
Kevin Smith + Deanna Ross =
We first met in 2008 at a Monterey Bay Area open mic and, over the months, came to recognize a musical like-mindedness. In 2009 we founded a local songwriters' group and began to collaborate on songs.
By late 2010, we had created an indie folk-pop band of our own, The Jinxes - while also falling madly in love - and we haven't looked back since!
Thanks to two successful Kickstarter campaigns, we've recorded nine co-written and fully arranged songs on two EPs (entitled Send Me A Sign and We Create), exploring the possibilities of duet harmonies in styles ranging from retro pop to orchestral folk to anthemic rock, with dozens more original songs yet to be recorded.
One of the shared interests that brought us together is creativity. We are passionate about: exercises that invite or improve it; people that wrestle with or exemplify it; and the messy, miraculous process of creating something ourselves - be it a song, a story, a piece of art or an impromptu stew.
Thanks so much for visiting our online home, engaging with us via social media, and simply taking the time to get to know us better.
We hope to share inspiration, creative adventures, lightbulb moments, and their eventual results here.
Wishing you all the best,
Kevin & Deanna