A young man with a master plan, Chicago-native, Avrey Smith is leaving his permanent mark on the music industry. His first single “Inked Up,” an ode to his own body art, is a definite club banger that’s been climbing up the iTunes charts.
His high-energy performances have landed him on NOVIAK Music, which is owned by Willie Taylor of Day 26, and BET’s “106 & Park” twice. However, according to Avrey, this is just the beginning. He’s planning an album and a possible tour.
“In the next five years, hopefully I’ll be touring the world and exposing my music to more people,” he outlined. “I’m always striving for more. The grind never stops.”
Avrey’s even collected his own swarm of devoted Twitter followers who call themselves “TeamAvrey.”
His age, musical talent, and dance moves may catch him some comparison to other R&B crooners, but Avrey says what makes him stand out is his relatable lyrics. “Listeners, they can distinguish real from fake,” he said. “That’s kind of what I’ve become known for, being the R&B cat that’s the most honest, forward, blunt, and to the point.”
Still, Avrey says he’s a fan of everybody and wouldn’t even mind taking on Chris Brown in on the dance floor. “I would battle him, but to be honest, I think he would win,” he joked.
Even though his success is causing him to go global, Avrey’s heart is definitely still at home, and he wants to be an example of how much talent is in Chicago.
“I wanted to be one of those artists that got to stay [in Chicago] and make it out of the city,” he said. “There are no major record labels in Chicago, so I want to give back to artists out here, just like Will did for me.”
— Shaniqua A. Thompson