William “Smooth” Wardlaw from Luther ReLives
William ‘Smooth’ Wardlaw was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. At age 7, he began singing in the choir while attending Macedonia Baptist Church. William, was only 15 years old when he joined a local group called “Ovation Band.” Ovation performed for several sold-out audiences around the Washington, D.C., area soliciting praise from local bands.
William graduated from TC Williams High School in Alexandria and while he was there, he won several talent shows. His favorite R&B singer was none other than the great Luther Vandross. William not only had Luther’s sound, but he also had Luther’s stage presence and the ability to captivate an audience.
William credits other artists such as Michael Jackson and James Brown for influencing his love of music. But, William was so enamored with Luther that he started performing several shows featuring all of Luther Vandross’ greatest hits to audiences up and down the East Coast. William has been featured on the Spirit of Washington and the Odyssey cruise ships on several occasions and he loves to perform so much that he will break out in song at any given moment.
William’s stage name, “Smooth”, comes from his singing ability as well as his captive stage presence. “Smooth” has opened for artists such as Stanley Clark and Ray, Goodman, and Brown.
Wardlaw will perform at the Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival on Sunday, September 9, at Fort Hunter Park. Tickets for the entire three-day event are $50 in advance.