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The Ways



  • Soul & Motown big band
  • Extensive repertoire of old & new from Chaka Khan to Bruno Mars and everything in between
  • 7 piece band as standard and can expand to a 10 piece
  • Powerful vocals from both Female & Male singers.


The band are based in London and happy to travel for events.

Standard Set Times

  • 2 x 45 Minute Sets with break

About this Act

The Ways (aka Why Aren't You Smiling) are a high energy and extremely Soulful band who fill the dance floor with many Motown and Soul Classics. A fabulous female lead vocalist accompanied by a big band including brilliant brass, bass and male backing vocalists.

With a superb repertoire covering classics from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Ray Charles through to Bruno Mars... The Ways hold a residency at the acclaimed Blues Kitchen and often host the Jam at Ronnie Scoots so are experts at getting the crowds dancing all night!

The 7 piece band including bass, brass and powerful backing vocals can also strip down to a smaller soulful set up for receptions and lounge performances. The Ways are more than happy to learn first dance/song requests, making it extra special for any occasion.

Set List

Dancing in The Street- Martha And The Vandellas
Young Hearts Young Free- Candi Staton
Signed, Sealed, Delivered-Stevie Wonder
Treasure- Bruno Mars
Shake Your Tale Feather- Ray Charles
I Wanna Be The Only One- Eternal
Heard It Through The Grapevine- Marvin Gaye
Happy-Pharrell Williams
Mr Pitiful- Otis Redding
Higher & Higher- Jackie Wilson
Valerie- Amy Winehouse
Hard to Handle- Otis Redding
Proud Mary- Tina Turner
Uptown Funk-Bruno Mars
Can’t Hurry Love -The Supremes
We Are Family -Sister Sledge
Never Too Much -Luther Vandross
Love Train- The O’Jays
Ain’t Nobody-Chaka Khan
Ain’t No Mountain- Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell


  • 7 Piece consisting of Female lead vocalist, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Brass & Backing Vocalist.
  • 10 piece with additional backing vocals and horns


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