James Barlow- 'The Wedding Singer' is based in Stafford and had been singing at weddings as a full time profesional since 2003. He has sung and DJed at almost 1000 weddings in 49 UK counties in 100s of halls, manors, stately homes, private homes, marquees, castles and in every well-known hotel chain in the UK.
James provides effortless live vocals covering a wide range of styles and genres, perfect for your Evening Party, Wedding Breakfast or Drinks Reception.
Enjoy Reception Drinksinside or out, accompanied by James' atmospheric vocals. A mix of relaxed 'live lounge' style acoustic covers, laid back classic soul and love songs, some swing and jazz, or something livelier if you prefer; you are very welcome to pick favourites from James' song list.
Your Drinks Reception follows your ceremony, so James' singing will either welcome guests as they file out of your ceremony room or as you arrive directly from church or external venue.
Have James entertain you and your guests throughout the Wedding Breakfast. Short sets between your courses, perfectly judged in tone and volume; atmospheric to start but, by the end of your meal, everyone will be singing along, waving arms in the air and even dancing around the tables!
During your Wedding Breakfast, James will also act as your MC and Host, helping to create a fun and informal atmosphere as he annouces you into the room, accompanied by a specially selected track of your choice, playing as your guests cheer and go crazy! James will also introduce your speeches and provide use of his sound system and radio microphone.
In the evening, accompanied by his stunning sound and lighting set up, James provides a seamless mix of music. Alongside his live singing, James is also a highly experienced DJ, and will ensure all of your guests are on the dance floor whatever their age or music taste
James has access to an array of top quality sound and lighting equipment which is specifically tailored to the room size and guest numbers. Whilst he is especially suitable to small to medium-sized receptions - where a full live band cannot be accomodated due to space, or may be too loud or overbearing - James can cater for anything from 5 to 500 guests. James' set-up is based around his £6000 German-made HK Audio Elements line array speaker system. James' set-up can be completely erected in under an hour delivering a crystal clear, natural sound. This coupled with a modern and classy, intelligently controller lighting set up helping to bring your reception to life providing you and your guests a superb and unforgettable show!
Just wanted to write and say how amazing you were on Saturday! The wedding and reception was fabulous and a massive part of that was down to the entertainment provided by you.
I've always judged the success of weddings by the dance floor - ours was packed all night and people didn't want to sit down! Even the venue managers commented on how professional and well organised you were!
James, you helped make our wedding an event never to be forgotten.
Thank you so, so much.
Whilst he is not singing during the evening, James is your DJ. He carries an extensive song library and you are welcome to make song requests both on, and prior to, your day. If a WiFi or data signal is available at your venue, James can even download requests he doesn't already have on the fly, perfect for those last minute guest requests when the dance floor is rocking!
The DJ sections of the evening feature a mixture of some of the best music of now and all time, and James happy dipping into any genre: Motown, Soul, Rock, Indie, Latest Chart, Dance, Old Skool, R&B and Classics from 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.IMPORTANT NOTE: As your DJ, James doesn't just press 'play' on a pre-set list of tracks when he is not singing, but seamlessly mixes a set of songs based on your preferences and song requests before the day and importantly, to suit the mood and dynamic of your crowd on the night. James is proud of his ability to know what tracks to play, and when to play them, to get as many of your guests dancing as possible. Be wary of musicians and bands who offer a 'disco / DJ service' whilst they are not playing live: this is often just a pre-loaded list of songs to play through. It is vitally important to have an experienced wedding DJ, such as James, who is able to react to the dynamics of your room and keep the dance floor busy.
Hello James, Andy and I are just back from our honeymoon so wanted to take this opportunity to send you an email and say a massive thank you for singing at our wedding.
We, along with all of our guests, were amazed at how brilliant you were; your voice is simply brilliant. I think it says it all when people kept on saying that they couldn't tell when you were singing or if you were playing records. What a compliment hey?
You were fantastic. You kept the dance floor full all night and that's just what we both wanted.
We are so grateful to you for being such a fabulous part of our wedding day. Thank you really doesnt seem enough, all of our friends and family could not stop singing your praises.
Thank you once again
Helen and Andy Lyons
Married at Moxhull Hall, Sutton Coldfield. West Midlands
James is a Wedding Specialist
He is 100% dedicated to providing music for weddings and knows back to front, in and out, upside down what is required to make the day a success. He has vast experience of entertaining a varied crowd and keeping people of all ages happy: both your 8 year old Nephew and 95 year old Great Auntie will both want to hear songs they love!
James is a Professional
This word 'Professional' is commonly used incorrectly. James' full time job is as a wedding entertainer - singing and DJing at wedding receptions, he has no other 'day job' enabling him to spend sufficient time preparing for YOUR big day.
Enabling you to pick some of your favourite music to be played during your day. You are able to send James a song list with as many or as few of your favourite tracks / artists / genres to be included during the DJ sets of your day and pick any particular favourites from James' live song list. You are even welcome to send through any guests' requests prior to the day to be included in James' sets. James may also be able to learn a new song/s to sing during the day - this is normally for your first dance. Contact James for more information.
Reviews and Testimonals
James is very proud to have 100s of testimonials from very happy couples dating back all the way to 2003 on this web site! See the testimonials page. James has also received many 5* reviews on Facebook
You Book Direct
All of your communication, from your initial enquiry up to your wedding day, will be with James himself. He is always at the end of the phone and is available 24/7. James does not work with agencies or supply any other singers or DJs. James is the only person who will Sing and DJ at your wedding!
Safety and Backup
All James' equipment is fully electrically safe.
All appliances are subjected to annual portable appliance testing (PAT) and James has Public Liability insurance cover up to £10,000,000.
James also has regularly updated Risk Assesment documentation should your venue require it.
Copies of any of James' safety certificates are available on request at no extra charge.
James has complete equipment backup, including at least one spare of every key piece of equipment in the unlikely event of any equipment failures.
We have just got back from our honeymoon and we wanted to email you to thank you properly for performing at our wedding on 22nd September.
We had such an amazing day and have enjoyed remembering all the different moments from it, in particular the party in the evening and dancing to your wonderful singing and song choices!
We have had many compliments from our guests about you and we too were really impressed. From the moment we first contacted you, you were so professional and helpful and on the day we were so happy with how you kept the dance floor busy, played all the songs we requested and sang fantastically!
Rory and Caroline Meade
Married at The Curradine Barns, Shrawly. Worcestershire