Avrey Smith is slicker than your average. With a comprehensive background in music, he sings, dances and plays the trombone. This 106 & Park-featured Chi-town crooner is bringing more to the R&B vanguard than swoon-inducing serenades; he’s also presenting his own brand of authenticity.
His aim to be “as honest and direct as possible” garnered him the ears of Willie Taylor of Day26 and subsequently landed him a spot on his label, Noivak Music. Now, with the sounds of his appropriately titled No Apologies mixtape infectiously filling the earphones of many and his single “Inked Up” available on iTunes, Mr. Smith is gearing up to make a lasting name for himself, and he’s doing so one melodic milestone at a time. —Stephanie Long