Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, one of the top swingin’ Jazz and Blues bands in the world.
This sultry chanteuse evokes a sensuous era of Jazz queens and sexy pinups and adds a modern, feminist twist with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. No wonder Los Angeles Magazine chose her as one of the sexiest people around. Lavay began attracting crowds right from the start thanks to her big, bluesy voice, exciting stage personality, and glamorous approach. According to Fox TV, the band has become “a San Francisco Landmark”, winning numerous awards. World famous celebrities have jumped on the Lavay Smith bandwagon as well. Dan Aykroyd, a.k.a. Elwood Blues, says of Lavay’s debut album “…this CD is guaranteed to make you feel better.” Even Bill Clinton has seen the light, proclaiming, “I love this band – they’re great!”