Lavay Smith

About Lavay

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!”

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers maintain a busy schedule, including extensive touring throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan. They have performed at many prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl and countless others.

Lavay approaches her material from the standpoint of an independent woman, combining world-class singing and musicianship with hilarious, provocative lyrics. Lavay’s musical stance is echoed in her real life role as owner of her own record label, Fat Note Records. Her debut CD, “One Hour Mama” received widespread critical acclaim and her second CD, “Everybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Miss Thing!” received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review from Downbeat Magazine. Her red-hot stage presence and high musical standards ensure that this sexy diva will continue to light up stages all over the world.

Book Lavay Smith

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers love to play parties, weddings and other celebrations!

Lavay and her little big band are the perfect choice if you’d like to create a classic and elegant atmosphere for your event. Your guests will never forget the night that you threw a party and invited Lavay Smith!

There are thousands of wedding bands, but there is only one Lavay Smith. Lavay doesn’t perform the run-of-the-mill wedding-band mix, but if you’d like to have an international touring Jazz star and Top 10 Billboard recording artist play your party, give us a call.


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