RJ Smith is a classically trained violinist as well as an outstanding fiddle player. She began studying violin at the age of 9, and at 16, joined a top high-school orchestra program at a local private school. During her 2 years there, she served as the principal 2nd violinist and a 1st violin section player. R.J. also served as the concertmaster of another local youth orchestra and played percussion in a youth concert band. She began studying classical piano and voice during this time as well. After graduation, RJ enrolled in college in South Carolina. While there, she majored in Spanish, but continued her violin studies through all 4 years with a minor in music. Along with her violin studies, she studied piano, percussion, theory and orchestration. RJ also performed with the University orchestra as well as in the pit orchestra during performances by the university opera association. She was also selected for and performed with the first South Carolina All-State Collegiate Orchestra.
After college graduation, RJ spent 3 years riding colts as an apprentice horse trainer. This brought her to Texas, where she heard Western Swing and the music of Bob Wills for the first time. In May of 2006, she gave up her ranch job to focus on her first love, music, and began studying fiddle, with a focus on Western Swing and Jazz. In February of 2007, she met and began studying fiddle with Bobby Flores at the Bulverde Academy of Music. She began playing with the Bobby Flores Band in July of 2007, as well as teaching violin/ fiddle and music theory at Bulverde Academy of Music. In addition to performing regularly, she is a recording studio technician, and has recently played on several albums.