Lorenzo Smith was born on May, 23 1972 in Havana, Florida. As a child, he sang in the churches and was an avid listener of Michael Jackson, El Debarge, James Brown and Sam Cooke. In high school, Lorenzo was active and competed in sports, a fact reflected by his strong build.

In 1990, Lorenzo put out his first album, Let Me Show You. The album was released with Alpha International through CEMA Records. Today, the album is difficult to find any mention of despite the fact that it scored two charting singles. The album's title track reached #64 on the R&B charts, while the album's other single "Tic Tok" reached #41.

Instead, many places mark Lorenzo's career with his self-titled sophomore effort, Lorenzo. The album is his best-selling to date. It scored an early hit with "Real Love" which reached #6 on the R&B charts, and followed up with "Make Love 2 Me" and "I Can't Stand The Pain." The former reached #21 on the R&B charts while the latter reached #22.

Lorenzo's last hurrah was in 1995, after a three-year dispute with Alpha International. The album, Love On My Mind, was released on Luke Campbell's Luke Records. It had one charting single, "If It's Alright With You" which reached #41 on the R&B charts. While Keith Sweat appeared on "If It's Alright With You" and produced the track, the album was predominantly the love child of Lorenzo. Lorenzo wrote and produced nearly every track on his third album.