New York City, New York, USA
Carlton J. Smith is a fantastic R&B/Soul entertainer and songwriter very much in the tradition of James Brown, Al Green, The Temptations, etc. He is a true expert and afficionado of the music genre and era. He has dedicated his life to composing his own music in the tradition of the great Soul/R&B legends and night after night he channels the energy and magic into a memorable performance. His magnificent stage presence and dynamic performances excite audi


Singer, songwriter, producer, actor, Carlton J. Smith is often referred to as “Soul Brother Number New” for his hard-charging R&B act. His widely acclaimed R&B/Soul Revue shows are true crowd-pleasers.

Carlton is a very dynamic and exciting performer with a live show that exhibits both his stage presence and high energy from start to finish. A true showman, he performed at some of the world’s top venues (B.B. King Blues Club & Grill NYC, The Blue Note NYC, in Las Vegas, Café Wha, Joe’s Pub, Bowery Ballroom, The Knitting Factory). Also, performing internationally at the House of Blues & Jazz in Shanghai, China (as well as JZ's Jazz Club, Shanghai, China). Delivering soul & blues straight from his heart - show after show, night after night. He performed his brand of R&B, real-school Funk & Soul to Shanghai, China; Zurich, Switzerland; London, England; Hong Kong, China; Helsinki, Finland).

His talent is so widely acclaimed that he was chosen from a casting call of 500 to portray the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown on the silver screen in Barry Levinson’s film “Liberty Heights.” Carlton co-starred opposite Joe Mantegna, Bebe Neuwirth and Adrian Brody. Carlton expanded his horizons into theatre, playing a lead role in an upcoming Broadway musical entitled “Largo” written by the award winning David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly” and “Aida”). He plays opposite Cyndi Lauper, Fisher Stephens and Garth Hudson (The Band). Carlton also appears on the TV Soap Opera “As The World Turns.”

Carlton has a few CDs: “Carlton J. Smith Live at B. B. Kings”, “Waiting”, “Diagram Of A Relationship” and his brand new CD “The SkinnyBone Tree”.

Carlton J. Smith always gives 110% of himself on stage and in his productions. His shows are a fabulous showcase of his ability as an artist and a producer.


"The SkinnyBone Tree" - New CD @2009 BMI
Inspired by Tom Waits - R&B/Blues Available on

"Diagram of a Relationship" - CD @2008 BMI
Concept CD consisting of 12 R&B/Soul/Neo-Soul tracks. Available on

“Waiting" - Soulful Reinterpretations - CD ©2006 BMI

"Carlton J. Smith - Live at B.B. Kings" CD @2004 BMI - CD of R&B classics interpreted by Carlton J. Smith from his various Tribute Shows at B.B.King Blues Club & Grill in NYC

Carlton J. Smith “Truth and Soul” - CD @2002 BMI
CD of original R&B and Funk material written, produced and sung by Carlton J. Smith

Solo artist:
Demo CD of original Pop material written by Carlton Smith and produced by Rich Pagano (New Calcutta Studios) ©2001 BMI

The State of Fame featuring Carlton J. Smith
7 song CD of original R&B and Funk material written and produced by Carlton J. Smith ©2001 BMI

Lead vocalist of the Rock'N'Soul band THE THRILL CYCLE:
"Move On" CD Single ©1999 BMI
"The Needy" CD Single ©1999 BMI
"Creatures Of The Net" CD ©1998
"Get Your Swerve On" CD ©1997 BMI
"First Taste Is Free" EP ©1996 BMI
"Honey Come Lately" - Promotional Video

Various Solo Projects:
"U Got Soul" 1997

CD Compilation entitled "Feelin' It" Freeze Records (Freedom Sound Recordings NYC)
"Pleasure" 1996

Vinyl EP (Produce Records UK)
"Pleasure" 1996

CD/Cassette entitled "There's A Movement Underground" (Produce Records UK) (radio-airplay on BBC radio - UK)
"I've Got To Be Strong" 1994 12" Vinyl (Mousetrap Records UK) (radio-airplay on BBC radio - UK)
"Hey You" 1993 Vinyl EP "Sextravaganza" (This is Tribal America) (IRS Records - NYC) CD Compilation entitled "Frederick Jorio Presents Tribal Sextrax" (IRS Records - NYC) (radio airplay)
"Any Love" 1993 12" Vinyl (Produce Records UK)
"I Gotta Be Strong" 1993 12" Vinyl/Cassette Single (Nottus Records - NYC) (radio airplay - NYC)
"Come On Girl" 1993 CD Compilation entitled "Jazz Not Jazz" (Produce Records UK) (radio-airplay on BBC radio - UK)
"Come On Girl" 1992 (Eightball Records - NYC) (radio airplay - NYC)

Set List

At the moment, Carlton J. Smith performs nightly in Shanghai China singing all his original material as well as songs from the R&B/Soul/Blues/Funk legends.

He has performed and produced Tribute shows at B.B.King Blues Club & Grill. These are Tributes to various R&B Legends (i.e., Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Supremes, Al Green, James Brown, Motown, Stax, etc.). These are usually 2 hour shows consisting of about 20-25 songs (varies depending on theme of show). He also hosts and performs a monthly Motown Brunch at B.B.King Blues Club. In addition, Carlton J. Smith also performs his original music at these shows as well as various venues. Set list for a 45-60 minute show consists of 10-12 songs; 24-30 songs for a 2 hour concert!!

By popular demand, he returns to Shanghai China to perform at the House of Blues & Jazz every year for a 3 to 4 month stint.