Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist (and admitted Prince disciple) Shawn Smith is probably best-known among Pearl Jam fans, since he's the frontman for PJ guitarist Stone Gossard's on-again, off-again side band, Brad. But in addition to Brad, Smith has been involved in several other projects since the early '90s, including launching a solo career just prior to the dawn of the new millennium. Born on October 28, 1965 in Spokane, WA, Smith became interested in music at an early age (originally courtesy of the Partridge Family), which resulted in the budding musician picking up the drums, piano, and the guitar by the age of 13. Although inspired by such '70s rockers as Queen, Kiss, and Elton John, it wasn't until Smith discovered Prince in the early '80s that he had found his true musical guiding light. After relocating to Seattle (by way of Bakersfield, CA) at around the same time, Smith invested in a drum machine and began penning original songs.