Meet the Artist Bathsheba

Motivational Speaker

Bathsheba is based in the DC Metropolitan area with the mission to support schools in their improvement plans by providing concerts that target youth and young adults who struggle with self-image. Ms. Smithen is the CEO and Founder of Cage Free Voices, LLC, a newly formed entertainment company located in Washington, D.C., that seeks to educate youth and young adults who struggle with self-image and identity through literature, spoken-word, workshops, conferences, seminars, music and events.

Bathsheba has been featured in “The Daily Press” for her ability to reach over hundreds of students in Newport News, Virginia.  She has also performed at The National Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall in Washington D.C., wrote and performed a tribute to gospel recording artist, LaShun Pace, and has been featured at Busboys and Poets.

IMG_0251Bathsheba is a native of Newport News, Va. Having experienced homelessness, depression, and abandonment by her parents as a teen, and having raised two teenage boys—one now in graduate school and the other graduating in Spring of 2015—before she herself turned 26, Sheba connects readily with the disenfranchised, offering them hope by teaching both social and academic skills through her lessons, writing, and performance. She is a young thought leader with over 12 years of professional experience working with challenged youth and presents the full package as a lyricist-songwriter, author, poet and public speaker.

Ms. Smithen has been acclaimed a first-rate thinker, by world-renowned poet, Dr. Nikki Giovanni.  Woven into the fabric of her writing is transparency, vulnerability, and spirituality, combined with a voice of freedom developed through personal strength and joyfully offered to others.

In her performances, she uses poetry and music to teach others to, “See themselves even if the world is blind.” Sheba infuses the same breadth and depth as she does in teaching English Language Arts at Community College Preparatory Academy. Students and general audiences alike are moved by her often controversial and advocacy-driven topics. She states, “My mission is to see the revival of a dying social conscience. Her Mirror Images Creative Writing Curriculum is readily available to schools in need of supplemental materials to increase student performance outcomes.

Bathsheba Smithen is an International Baccalaureate diploma recipient, a graduate of An Achievable Dream Academy, and a Mary Hughes-Harley Davidson and McNair Scholar. She is also a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Biology and holds a Master’s in Health Systems Management from George Mason University. Her creative memoir, Who Cares What You Think…So What You Think?: A Journey Through the Mind, takes readers on the common journey from anger, disappointment, and hopelessness, to love, forgiveness, and peace. A companion book of her poetry entitled, No Longer Hidden as well as the sequel to the first; What Happens to “Them” When You Change, were released in 2013 by CageFree Voices Press, a subsidiary of CageFree Voices. 

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