Our People


Shevy Smith is an LA-based producer and educator.  After signing a publishing deal as a teenager and working as a staff writer and touring artist in Nashville, Smith migrated to the west coast in 2008.  Shortly thereafter, she created Forte Poesy, a three pronged company which includes an educational program focusing on empowerment through songwriting, a brand of apparel and accessories created for writers of all ages, and a production company which has produced music for many national ad campaigns and commercial artists.  Smith is a ProMax Gold winner and an Emmy-nominated producer/composer.  She created the Passerine Project after years of involvement with the Afghan Women's Writing Project as a way to humanize the work and build bridges between Afghan writers and American students.  Smith currently serves as Board Co-President for the Afghan Women's Writing Project and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Composers.

Kendall Custer moved to Los Angeles from hometown Boerne, Texas in 2012 for her career in music. Through BMI's introduction, she met Shevy on a co-write a few months after arriving. She earned a degree from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communicaiton all while pursuing her career as a songwriter, teaching under Forte Poesy and traveling for The Passerine Project. Kendall has been volunteering for The Afghan Women's Writing Project since 2013 and was brought on board to help co-lead The Passerine Project in Brooklyn, New York in 2015.