“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction.”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Planning your wedding can be fun and exciting. It can also be very stressful. Many new couples have ideas for the wedding ceremony venue and the location for their wedding reception. Some new couples even know who they want in their bridal party and what they will wear. Few new couples plan the music for their wedding ceremony and reception until shortly before their wedding, and most don’t know where to start in selecting music to reinforce the theme or location of their wedding.
Music is like a golden thread woven throughout your wedding day, evoking emotions and creating a connection between you and your guests. From the ceremony selections to the cocktail hour, then to your reception dinner and dancing, your music helps to bring each wonderful moment to life.
PushPlay performs within a 500 mile radius of Raleigh, NC. They specialize in corporate, private and wedding events!
Using the latest in live sound technology, transit is able to harness vocals and transform them into a high impact show that some will scarcely believe is created with only 5 voices.
Different Drum is a versatile Afro/Latin ensemble that plays world music, specializing in South African Township, Andean Melodies, Brazilian Sambas, Salsa, Calypso and Cumbia. Having performed at numerous festivals and events throughout the Carolinas, Different Drum typically devotes equal time during their performances to Jazz, Eclectic Music and Original Songs.
Through this Las Vegas production, experience extraordinary Gary Anthony (from Las Vegas) as Frank Sinatra, talented Andy DiMino (from Los Angeles) as Dean Martin and incomparable Louie Velez (from New York City) as Sammy Davis Jr.–all singing, dancing and entertaining with accurate impersonations and hilarious comedy. The show can be expanded to include a Marilyn Monroe impressionist from Los Angeles.
Celebrate the incredible singing talent of these three world-famous artists in their tribute to some of the finest musical entertainment ever performed. Gary Anthony captures the stage presence and humor of “Old Blue Eyes”. Thrilling fans of Dean Martin, Andy DiMino is a dynamic, professional entertainer. Louie Velez has been captivating audiences with his tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr. since 1987, performing what many consider to be the most amazing impersonation ever seen on any stage.
Flow Circus combines the skills and experiences of educator and writer Dawn Daria and nationally performing artist Paul Miller to create engaging and dynamic programs. At the core of all of our programs is the belief that learning is and always should be fun. Playfulness and spectacle ensure that students and staff will be talking about Flow Circus long after the visit. Performer Paul Miller of Flow Circus explores the world of science and skill toys where things fall, balance, and spin. He will leave students (and teachers) with an urge to pick up and play with the world around them to discover the mysterious forces of the invisible, physical world.
Composed of experienced performers and music educators from NC State University and Duke University, Children of the Horn is an instrumental ensemble that has created a unique sound by combining influences from Soul, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and World music.
With a front-line of horns backed by a rhythm section, Children of the Horn takes students on a kaleidoscopic journey through original compositions that range from super-syncopated Funk and Latin to swaggering New Orleans Second Line to classic Motown-inspired grooves.
Relive the Music, the Magic and the Mania of a live Beatles concert. Comprised of four talented musicians from Philadelphia who duplicate the music of The Beatles by matching their accents, vocal sound, instrumentation and mannerisms, Liverpool Beat enhances its show with vintage guitars, sound equipment and costumes.
Having refined their act in the Broadway Show, Beatlemania, these entertainers banter during their performances with authentic Liverpool accents while imitating the antics of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Delta Reign, from the Mobile River Delta region of the Gulf Coast, is bringing a fresh new sound to Bluegrass by incorporating Swing rhythms, Blues and a dash of Jazz.
Calm Before The Storm is Delta Reign’s debut album on the Mountain Fever Records label. With a new album, favorable reviews in Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles magazines, other press and publications, and radio airplay, the band is poised to make its mark on the Bluegrass genre.
James Cielen has been awarded the highest honors in the field of magic both by fellow magicians and by sophisticated audiences in Las Vegas. He has performed around the world and been seen on television shows in the US, Canada, Japan, and in over 80 other countries.
Just as there are no better judges of magic than magicians themselves, there is no more prestigious a measure of a magician’s ability than the recognition of his peers. As the winner of the distinguished Gold Medal Award of Excellence, James Cielen has achieved a level of excellence in the performance of magic so outstanding that he is only the third magician in history judged worthy of this honor.
In an era when expertise and originality are often overlooked in lieu of fleeting flash and flare, Gladius defines innovation as a composer and mastery as an instrumentalist. He also defines determination and old-fashioned grit by devoting 6 years of his life to overcoming a crippling case of nerve damage in both hands to achieve a level of dexterity matched by few guitarists. Inspired by the great classical composers (Vivaldi), Spanish flamenco legends (Paco De Lucia), and melodic metal masters (Marty Friedman and Jason Becker), Gladius is perpetually pushing the boundaries of his Baroque-Ethnic-Metal fusion.
Whiskey-voiced Becky Hobbs is a gifted songwriter and captivating entertainer. Becky has performed in over 40 countries, including nine in Africa. She is the co-writer of Alabama’s hit, Angels Among Us, and her songs have been recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty (I Want To Know You Before We Make Love went to #1), George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson, Janie Fricke, Lacy J Dalton, Moe Bandy, Shelly West, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Jane Oliver, Ken Mellons, and others.
Becky Hobbs, the songwriter for songs recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty, Glenn Campbell and George Jones, performs with country legends Leona Williams and Ava Barber In the Royal Ladies of Country Music Show. Having recently completed a three-year engagement for their show, The Grand Ladies Of Country, at the God & Country Theatre in Branson, Missouri, Leona Williams and Ava Barber are bringing the music of that show to communities throughout the country.
Direct from Las Vegas, John Anthony’s Tribute to Rod Stewart is exceptionally dynamic and energetic. John Anthony is one of the mainstays with the world famous Legends in Concert show. He has toured America, Canada and Japan performing in countless casinos, corporate events, and for numerous fund-raisers. Acknowledged as one of the best impersonators in the business, John passionately covers the genius of Rod Stewart from the early Maggie May days to his current chart- topping revival, Still The Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time.
A dynamic vocalist, world-class guitarist and classically trained pianist, Kenny Hale leads a talented group of experienced musicians who re-create the authentic sound of many legendary artists: Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, U2, Aerosmith, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, John Mellencamp, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Cat Stevens, Steppenwolf, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Styx and Bad Company, among others.
Roy Hammock, appropriately nicknamed “Roy Willie” by his fans, received Country’s Hottest Hitter Award from The Reel Awards in Las Vegas--the Academy Awards for tribute artists.
More than a look-a-like, Roy has the stature, speaking voice, acting background and musical sound of Willie Nelson, earning him a feature in The Best of Las Vegas in 2011.
His musical performance will transport your audience to a front row seat at a concert by the country mega-star, Willie Nelson. A musical tribute that will leave your audience wondering if they can trust their eyes and ears, the show is both entertaining and musically accurate.
The nation's premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute act, The PettyBreakers accurately recreate the sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert. From the hair to the clothes to the classic rock ‘n’ roll sound, The PettyBreakers put on a pitch-perfect tribute to rock legend Tom Petty and his trusty backing band, The Heartbreakers. With a focus on their most classic eras and best-loved hits, The PettyBreakers thrill audiences with a set list that is as familiar as it is exciting -- from American Girl and I Won’t Back Down to Free Fallin’ and Runnin’ Down a Dream.
Metropolitan Opera National Council Award Winners, Gulley/Granner (tenors Ben Gulley and Nathan Granner) have established themselves as top classical artists with true vocal beauty. With numerous critically acclaimed opera roles, competition wins, major television appearances, international tours and concert credits on their resume, operatic duo Gulley/Granner formed in 2012 after completing a national tour as a Sony Masterworks label group, The American Tenors. It was a great tour, with standing ovations in every venue.
Recognized by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. as the Worldwide Favorite Elvis Tribute Artist of fans via online fan polling, Stephen has been a Finalist and Semi-finalist in the Utlimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest sponsored by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in each of the last 3 years.
Stephen won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, and he won the preliminary round of the 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Stephen performs all eras of Elvis’s career from the 50’s to the 70’s with great attention to the evolution of Elvis’s style over the decades. His show includes: The Early Years; Elvis’s movie career; Gospel singing with his quartet; and Elvis’ Las Vegas shows. All of the costumes in the show are authentic replicas of Elvis’s original stage wear.
Looking to attract younger audiences without turning away older patrons, MO5AIC is a 5-man vocal supernova that will leave your audience wondering where “the band” is. From Jazz and Big-Band to Hip-Hop and even Opera, there will be something for everybody. Every sound they hear, from the drum and bass grooves to the horn and guitar licks, is all created by the human voice. They’ll swear otherwise, but MO5AIC uses no instruments. Give them 5 microphones and they’ll give you a show.
A powerful and passionate performer, Rich Wyman energizes his audiences through commanding performances as a keyboardist and vocalist. Rich’s performances have been described as a combination of Billy Joel, Elton John and Phil Collins. Eddie Van Halen and Andy Johns, engineer of Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones fame, helped Rich produce his second album, Fatherless Child.
A finalist on NBC’s Sing-Off, these Dukes of Doo-Wop impressed fans of all ages across the nation with their energy and consistent harmonies. For the last 30 years, North Shore has entertained and excited thousands of listeners, adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm and tempo to songs from the 40’s right up through today. This special art of delivering music without instrumental accompaniment is what North Shore is all about. The award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire of hundreds of popular hits that cover the last five decades.
Peter Paul and Mary “Now” is the premier tribute to Peter, Paul and the “late” Mary Travers. The exciting instrumentation and tight vocal harmonies are as you remember them. Their music and message is as applicable to this generation as it was when they started their journey in 1962. Their performance is fun and enjoyable for the whole family! You can hear them perform all their greatest hits including: If I Had A Hammer, Blowing In The Wind, The Times They Are A’Changin’, Jet Plane, Puff The Magic Dragon, Song Is Love, 500 Miles, I Dig Rock & Roll Music, Lemon Tree, Light One Candle.
From the sultry strains of Classic Jazz to Broadway and the Pop Music of the 60’s and 70’s, Patrice impresses audiences with her rich, melodic voice and vivacious personality. She is also available as a wedding singer and corporate event vocalist who can accompany herself on the piano or organ.
During her thirty years on stage, she has performed in professional theatre, with her own dance band, and recently recorded her CD, At Last (with The Todd Sullivan Orchestra of New York City and a “dream team” of three arrangers, including 10-time Emmy award-winning arranger/composer, Lanny Meyers.
Powered by two national fiddle champions, a west coast flat-picking champion and 10 state fiddle champions, The Voetberg Family band comprises 8 siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 25 who perform Irish, Scottish, American, Swing, Jazz and classical music. Coached by several world-class musicians, including Grammy winners Floyd Domino and Chris Booher, The Voetberg Family Band transitions gracefully from blissful vocal arrangements to power-house instrumentals.
Invite your audiences to enjoy an evening with more than 40 legendary vocalists in one talent-packed show, starring extraordinary singing impressionist, Eric Kearns. You can customize the show for your audience by choosing from more than 60 vocalists to “perform” during your show : Crosby, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Paul Anka, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Englebert Humperdinck, Tom Petty, Kenny Rogers, Billy Idol, Paul Anka, Temptations, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth -- even Cher and “Kermit the Frog”.
The top professional impersonator of Robin Williams in the U.S., David is the impersonator of choice for movies, TV and advertisements. A clone of Robin in performance, sound, look and wit, he has performed at theaters, in movies, for conferences, at trade shows, and in television shows, including co-starring on NBC’s hit sitcom Community, ABC’s Next Best Thing, CBS’s Family Feud, NBC’s Access Hollywood, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He has appeared in the films, Just About Famous and The Reinactors.
Rob Garrett has established himself as the world’s most popular and most frequently requested Neil Diamond tribute artist, earning the title “King of Diamonds”. He continues to set the standard in the industry by performing his tribute to the iconic singer/songwriter around the country in venues usually reserved for national/name acts. Currently, Rob is performing with his band at Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
David Howarth is a Piano Showman with a fresh approach to piano entertainment. David is one of the most versatile and exciting pianists in the world. Originally from England and now based in Dallas, Texas, he was trained at the Royal College Of Music in England. His unique arrangements of the world’s favorite classical, jazz, movie and popular music will engage your audience, leaving them spellbound and asking for more.
For over fifteen years, ABBA BORN AGAIN has been recreating the magic of ABBA concerts throughout Europe in The Balearic islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza), Andalucía, The Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and of course Slovakia. Identical vocals, fantastic choreography, authentic costumes and the dynamically built structure of the show will guarantee that everyone will enjoy their amazing two-hour performance.
Since touring with Bill Pinckney’s Original Drifters as Music Director and Pianist, Band Leader Stan Stigall has dreamed of starting a tribute to the legendary groups to which he grew up listening. The passing of his friend Bill Pinkney, amplified this desire, resulting in the inception of The Legacy Motown Revue.
Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ birth at your theater with a tribute by the finest Frank Sinatra impersonator in the world. Hailed by critics because his voice, likeness, mannerisms and gracious style are reminiscent of the great Frank Sinatra, Gary has become the most requested Frank Sinatra impersonator of all time around the globe!
The world-renowned Siren electric string quartet is the industry leader in delivering high end, superbly entertaining and outstanding performances. The four glamorous and sophisticated Siren ladies are all award-winning graduates from the world’s leading music conservatories, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.
JOE McElderry is the X Factor golden boy with the 24-carat voice and the diamond personality which has made him one of the most loved young singers in the country. Most artists only dream of mass appeal. But since storming to victory in the 2009 X Factor final, Joe has been the sweet-singing hero and heartthrob of hundreds of thousands of fans aged from five to 95.
Formed in 2009 while performing together on Broadway in the hit musical, BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story, The Rave-ons offer a wide range of 50’s rockabilly classics including songs by Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bill Haley & The Comets, Little Richard, Carl Perkins and others.
Anita has over 25 years' experience playing for weddings and receptions. She travels throughout North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee and offers a repertoire of classical, sacred, contemporary, and celtic music. She also performs with other classically-trained musicians playing flute, violin, cello, and trumpet. Principal harpist with the North Carolina Symphony, she has also appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Durham Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Hendersonville Symphony and the South Carolina Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Wienand specializes in providing harp music for weddings, bringing expertise, elegance and musical flow to the wedding ceremony. She will provide a customized musical program for a ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or other wedding related event in a style of your choice--classical, jazz, pop, Irish Celtic.
A professional brass ensemble composed of musicians from the Raleigh, North Carolina area, North Carolina Brass is available to perform as a quartet or quintet with a musical library of over 250 musical selections from Classical to Jazz, Pop, and Show Tunes.
Featuring 5 string banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, electric bass and tight vocal harmonies, String Theory plays traditional Bluegrass and Newgrass with influences by Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Seldom Scene, and Allison Krauss.
The Todd Sullivan Orchestra, based in New York City, consists of 18 exceptional musicians frequently retained to create movie soundtracks, CD backing tracks and other high-end studio projects. For those into more variety than just the standard swing, The Todd Sullivan Orchestra is the only American Big Band to perform the entire array of Latin music for strict tempo dancing, and has performed three seasons of dance events for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio franchise.
Ranging in size from 7 to 15 musicians depending upon budget, Ovations is the premier big band of the Southeast. Led by veteran trumpet player Don Edwards, Ovations performs all the Standards and Swing tunes from the Big Band era along with a touch of more contemporary music as needed for dancing. Ovations is at home performing for engagements ranging from receptions and dances to national conventions and festivals.
Consisting of trumpet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, banjo and percussion, RAZZaMaJAZZ has been entertaining North Carolina audiences for more than 20 years. They play a variety of musical styles, including Jazz, Dixieland and Swing. By interchanging instruments, this band can transform itself on stage from a Beach Band into a Bluegrass or Country music band.
Specializing in weddings as well as large corporate and social events, Cobalt Blue comprises five talented musicians: three lead vocalists, two guitars, keyboard, clarinet, sax, violin, and percussion. Cobalt Blue plays music from the following genres: Jazz, Rock, R&B, Oldies, Reggae, Top 40, Swing, Soul, Country, Latin and Pop.
A vocalist, songwriter, steel drum soloist and actor, Mickey is an exciting, energetic and multi-talented entertainer who has been called "the fasted steel drum soloist on earth"
Variety dance band plays popular blend of Rock & Roll, Top 40, Classic Rock, Jazz, Contemporary, Pop, Latin, R&B, Swing, Country, Bluegrass, Classical, Ballroom Dance, and Ethnic music, embellished with your favorite requests.
Americana-Folk Rock with a twist describes the music of this acoustic band that plays Americana, Folk Rock and Standards.
One of the premier Irish Bands on the East Coast that plays traditional Irish songs as well as songs from their six albums.
Classic, southern, blues rock dance band with a sound inspired by BB King, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn adn John Bonham.
Popular Jazz and classic R&B band with a soft musical style ideal for wedding receptions, banquets, private parties and dinner dances.
High energy band will get your party movin' and groovin' with original music and covers of Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and others.
Dynamic party band that plays Beach, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, Swing, Big Band, Dance and Party Music with five vocalists and four piece backup band that sounds like Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, and Whitney Houston.
Tribute to the timeless music of the 50's and 60's by talented musicians who lived through the Good Times.
World band that plays Irish Pub Songs, Greek Dance Music, Romantic Italian Love Songs, German Music, Lively Latin Music and French Cafe tunes.
For assistance from a professional with over 25 years of experience in planning wedding music, click on the preceding links or on the photographs in the following descriptions of Artistic Planning, Ceremony Music, Reception Music, Music Planning, “Tying the Knot” Trends in music, and Vendor Recommendations.
By carefully considering the bridal couple’s heritage, family traditions, personal expectations and private dreams, we can help you to conceive a wedding theme that your guests will remember and you will cherish forever. On the Artistic Planning page, find suggestions on integrating your vows, ceremony readings, music, attire and decorations into the perfect theme for your wedding.
Music is an important part of your ceremony, from your first step down the aisle to the moment you are pronounced man and wife! On the Ceremony Music page, find suggestions for each part of the ceremony: Prelude; Pre-Processional; Processional; Bride’s Entrance; Ceremony; Unity Candle; Recessional; and Postlude.
Music for your reception is far more important than simple background music at a restaurant. Reception music must be appropriate for the formality of your reception and should be determined by the mood and ambience you wish to create. On the Reception Musicpage, find explanations for each part of the reception: Cocktail Hour; Newlyweds’ Entrance; Dinner Music; First Dance; Family Dances; Toasts; Bouquet Toss; Garter Removal and Toss; Cake Cutting; Ethnic Dances; Last Dance.
Understanding recent trends in music for Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Ceremonies and Wedding Receptions will ensure that your perfect wedding day will not be remembered for out-dated or inappropriate music choices. On the“Tying the Knot” Trends page, find examples of recent trends in music and ideas that could reduce the cost of your wedding celebration.
Identifying all of the vendors who will contribute to the success of your wedding day is a daunting task. Typically, the bridal couple has never before arranged all of the services required for a wedding, and many are not certain who to trust for recommendations. On the Vendor Recommendations page, find the names and contact information for trusted vendors with whom SeaSoundStudio views as professionals in their fields and who have significant wedding experience.
Many bridal couples dream of a wedding on the beach, in the mountains or at an exclusive resort. Destination wedding planning presents a unique set of challenges because the bridal couple is often unfamiliar with venues, service providers and other wedding options. On the Destination Weddings page, find detailed information to plan a premier destination wedding on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and other coastal regions of the Carolinas with a wedding setting on the beach.
When planning your wedding music, many questions may come to mind. When should I start planning my music and contacting
musicians? Do I plan the music first or contact the musicians first? How much will it cost and what can I do to stay within my budget? Must I forego my dream and my family’s expectations of live music to stay within my budget? On the Frequently Asked Music Questions page, find answers to these and other questions.