ODU Peninsula Center Director Appears on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
January 08, 2020
Nakia Madry-Smith, director of the Old Dominion University Peninsula Center, joined Pharrell Williams on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Monday night. Madry-Smith, an ODU alum, is part of the Voices of Fire choir, which backed Williams as he performed his song, "Letter to My Godfather."
Here's a link to Monday's performance.
This is Madry-Smith's second performance with Williams in just over a month, having performed with the Virginia Beach native on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last month.
Singing since the age of 5, Madry-Smith also performs with two local groups, The Fuzz Band and Rocky 7. Their repertoire ranges from funk and progressive soul to '70s R&B and jazz fusion.
The Fuzz Band performed at one of former President Obama's inaugural parties and three USO tours. Locally, the bands appear at everything from corporate events and festivals to weddings.
The Peninsula Center is one of three ODU Regional Higher Education Centers which serve as gateways to the University, providing accessible, high-quality education in convenient locations within Greater Hampton Roads. Madry-Smith has led the center in Hampton since 2015. She previously worked at Old Dominion's Career Development Services for six years.