There is more than one artist with this name. 1) Smokey is an underground rapper from Miami. His song 'Swimming In Money', featuring rapper Juelz Santana, has caught the eye of the hip hop industry. 2) Originally called The Yen, then The Sphynx, then the Essence, and now Smokie, the band was formed in 1965 at St. Bede's Grammar School in Heaton, Bradford. It was composed of Chris Norman (vocals/guitar/piano) born Christopher Ward Norman, 25 October 1950, Redcar, Yorkshire)..