It Just Had to be Heard
Motivating & Empowering Poetry
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Hamilton, NJ 08610

About Us


Our President/Founder
Katrina T. Smith, A Voice That Just Had To Be Heard

Katrina T. Smith, Our President/Founder

Katrina T. Smith is a native from Trenton and Hamilton, New Jersey. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1995. She went on to graduate with honors double majors in Elementary Education and Psychology from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1999. In 2010, she graduated with high honors from Jones International University receiving her masters degree in Education Administration. Katrina is currently in the process of obtaining her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership. After teaching for over eight years in Trenton surrounding schools, Katrina is currently a Vice-Principal in Camden, New Jersey. 

Katrina started her own girls and boys program titled Raising Young Ladies and Gentlemen where the youth is challenged to pursue excellence in all areas of their lives. Katrina also founded It Just Had To Be Heard, a ministry dedicated to pushing out the Word of God, unifying all races, and calling all people to grow into what they were created to do. This long awaited ministry uses the power of poetry combined with art, music, literature, performing arts, and clothing to inspire and motivate all people. It Just Had To Be Heard mission is to provide exclusive spoken art with fine quality at an affordable price and to build a network of elite artists. It Just Had To Be Heard promotes empowerment and true knowledge of self.

Katrina is a highly gifted and experienced poet. She has been writing poetry for over 20 years now. Her passion for helping, healing, inspiring, and challenging others motivated her to start It Just Had To Be Heard. She believes that this business is more like a calling than just a choice. Katrina's powerful voice and message transforms and embraces our world's reality. Her spoken word uses everyday language so that understanding is clear for all and is targeted for all. If you are searching, seeking, questioning, and yearning to discover and acquire more then I'm sure It Just Had To Be Heard is what you have been waiting for.

Katrina welcomes all to contact her today for customized poems, performances, vending opportunities, hosting spoken art home shows, and poetry book parties.