Willow Camille Reign Smith (born October 31, 2000), known simply as Willow, is an American child actress, singer, dancer and rapper. She is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the younger sister of Willard Carroll "Trey" Smith III and Jaden Smith. Smith made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend and later appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl alongside Abigail Breslin. She received a Young Artist Award for her performance.
Apart from her acting she launched a music career in the fall of 2010 with the release of her singles "Whip My Hair", "21st Century Girl", and signing to her current mentor Jay-Z's record label Roc Nation, becoming the youngest artist signed to the label. "Whip My Hair" has peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video was nominated for Video of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011.
Willow Smith is the daughter of musician-actor Will Smith and actress Jada Pinkett Smith. She has an older half-brother, Trey Smith and an older brother, Jaden Smith; who is a child actor. Smith is of African-American, West Indian, Creole, and Portuguese-Jewish ancestry. Smith and her brothers are youth ambassadors for Project Zambia, which, in conjunction with Hasbro, provides assistance for Zambian children orphaned by AIDS.
Smith made her acting debut in I Am Legend alongside her father. Her next film, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, was released on July 2, 2008. In 2008, she voiced the character of young Gloria in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, alongside her mother as older Gloria.
On January 20, 2011, Will Smith announced he was planning to produce a remake of the famous comic strip Little Orphan Annie starring Smith in the title role. Jay-Z is also in talks to provide the music for the film and possibly create brand new songs. However, Smith later declined the role and the title role was given to Quvenzhané Wallis in February 2013.
2010-2012: Knees and Elbows:
In June 2010, Smith's mother Jada Pinkett Smith announced in an interview on Lopez Tonight that Smith would be releasing an album. Smith then released her first single, "Whip My Hair", which went platinum in the US and peaked at number 11. In the UK the single peaked at number two. Smith soon after announced her next single, "21st Century Girl". After she performed the song on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she released it the next day on February 3, 2011. The video was released March 9, 2011. The single had poor chart performance both in the US and UK.
On October 6, 2011, "Fireball", a collaboration between Smith and rapper Nicki Minaj, was released. "Fireball" was a commercial failure, failing to chart in any type of music market, except the US R&B chart, charting at 121. It was her first song to miss the Billboard Hot 100. Smith's producer announced that they were almost finished working on her debut album, and it should be done soon. He also said it has a similar style to "Whip My Hair". The title of the album was later announced to be Knees and Elbows. It was scheduled to be released around April 2012, but was announced that it would be released later in the year. On May 1, 2012, she released the "Do it Like Me (Rockstar)" music video, saying that it was her "first video ever". On July 2, 2012, Smith released "I Am Me" music video at the BET Awards. On July 17, she released her fourth single "I Am Me" via iTunes and Amazon. As of October 2013, the album has still not been released.
2013-present: Melodic Chaotic:
In early 2013, Smith released her fifth single, "Sugar and Spice." In Summer 2013, Smith and DJ Fabrega started a duo titled "Melodic Chaotic"."The Intro" was released as the first work, "Summer Fling" was released as the second work of the two on July 6, 2013. The music video was directed by Smith and Mike Vargas who previously directed her single "I Am Me". The song has been widely criticized for its mature tone, the use of the word "fling", and the fake British accent she incorporates. On September 16, 2013, Smith performed "Summer Fling" on the series premiere of The Queen Latifah Show. During the performance, she said: "Just for clarity, the word fling means something that's short lived...And this song is dedicated to all the kids around the world whose summer is never long enough." Later in 2013, Smith released the single, "Drowning" featuring Mecca Kalani.