ABOUT WILLOW SMITH
Willow Smith (also known simply as Willow) is the daughter of actor and musician parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. She was born in Los Angeles, California and is the youngest of three children – her elder brother Jaden and elder half-brother Trey are also actors and musicians. Alongside her siblings, she is a youth ambassador for Project Zambi.
2007-2013: Acting and musical beginnings
Having made her acting debut in 2007 performing alongside her father in I Am Legend, Smith cemented her presence as an actor over the next couple of years, with roles in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008).
In June 2010, Smith’s mother Jada announced that Willow would be releasing an album. Her debut single, "Whip My Hair", was released that October to critical and commercial success. It peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a Top 10 hit in Belgium, Denmark, and the UK, where it peaked at number two. She followed with her second single, "21st Century Girl", which she debuted on the Oprah Winfrey show on February 28, 2011 and released the following day.
The following October, she released her third single, "Fireball" - a collaboration with rapper Nicki Minaj. Soon after, her producer announced that Smith’s album would be called Knees and Elbows and was scheduled for release in April 2012. The album was not released, but in May 2012 Willow launched a music video for "Do it Like Me (Rockstar)", followed by the "I Am Me" music video, which she released at the BET Awards in June. "I Am Me" was released as her fourth single on July 17.
Summer 2013 brought a collaboration for Smith – she teamed up with DJ Fabrega to start the duo Melodic Chaotic. They released two singles: "The Intro" and "Summer Fling". The latter of the singles was released on July 6, 2013 and was performed on the series premiere of The Queen Latifah Show that September.
2014-2018: 3 EP, Ardipithicus, and The 1st
Smith announced her debut EP, 3, via Fader magazine on October 24, 2014 and it was released the following week for free via Google Play for a limited period. It was released on iTunes on November 17.
Her first single from the EP, "F Q-C #7", was released with its accompanying music video on May 7, 2015. That September, she released a video for the track "Why Don’t You Cry" on i-D.
Willow’s debut album, Ardipithicus, was released on December 11, 2015. Of the album’s titled, she said "Ardipithecus Ramidus [sic] Sahelanthropus tchadensis is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs, I was in such a transitional state. Digging deep in the soil of my heart and finding bits and pieces of my ancient self that tell stories, which end up being the lyrics to the songs." The album peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and launched the platinum-selling single "Wait a Minute!"
Smith’s second album, The 1st, was released on October 31st, 2017. The album was critically acclaimed and was written and produced almost entirely by Smith alone.
Red Table Talk – a talk show featuring Willow, her mother, and Jada’s mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris – premiered on May 7, 2018 on Facebook Watch. It has since won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative.
2019-present: Willow, The Anxiety and Lately I Feel Everything
Willow, Smith’s third studio album, was released on July 19, 2019. The album reached number 22 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and number 19 on the Billboard Top Alternative Albums chart. It was co-written and co-produced by Tyler Cole, with whom Smith released a collaborative album, The Anxiety, in 2020. Once again, the album reached number 22 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
On April 27, 2021, Smith released "Transparent Soul" featuring Travis Barker, marking a change of musical direction from alternative R&B to pop-punk. Her fourth studio album, Lately I Feel Everything, was released on July 16, 2021 and features guest appearances from Avril Lavigne, Tierra Whack, Cherry Glazerr, and Ayla Tesler-Mabe. It reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Top Alternative Albums, Independent Albums, and Top Rock Albums charts.