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by William Robert Empire

The Smile EP is a project designed to bring a smile to your face. It has a bit of Motown, pop, country, and some flare that you can’t explain until you listen. So roll down the windows, turn it up loud, and just drive!


While most football players were lugging around their gear, one was lugging around a guitar. Even as a running back for the Detroit Lions, William Robert’s innate gift for music couldn’t be hidden. And nobody complained. His velvety sound and amber voice croons messages of hope to the young and old. With strong Motown roots, William’s music is the equivalent of a child birthed by Willie Nelson and Bill Withers raised by Frank Sinatra. Modern contemporaries include Ray LaMontagne and Ben Harper.