Danyel Smith

Host of the “Black Girl Songbook” podcast



Danyel Smith, author of the forthcoming Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women in Pop (One World / Random House) is the host of the Blackgirl Songbook podcast, a show that celebrates and uplifts the talents of Black Women in the music industry. It is a space where the musical creativity and genius of Black women come first and where Danyel explores the music and stories of Black female artists.

The former editor of Billboard magazine, Smith is also the former editor-in-chief of VIBE. Her writing appears at NPR, ESPN, and in The New York Times Magazine.