James Barlow(The Wedding Singer) is based in Staffordshire and offers live music and DJ packages specifically devised for wedding receptions throughout the UK.
James has been singing at weddings since the age of 18 and has built up a solid reputation as one of the country's most respected wedding singers performing at many of the country's top venues in over 400 manors, halls, stately homes, castles and in every well-known hotel chain in the UK. (See the 'venues' page for a full list)
James can most commonly be found entertaining in: Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Bristol, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, North West, Wales, Hertfordshire, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Berkshire & Manchester
In his evening singing setsJames travels through four decades of some of the best and most well-known pop, chart, soul, disco, motown, rat pack and love songs. His main aim is to make sure every guest - whether they are aged 5 or 85 - has a great wedding party and dances until they drop!
In addition, James can provide you with perfect ambient background music as you and your guests dine or enjoy your drinks reception - the best in jazz, swing, easy listening and love songs.
The concentration on vocals in his live music sets means that James can achieve the best sound possible. A live band run the risk of sounding poor unless every member is a 100% competent player. Their sound is also less versatile as many live instruments such as brass and drums are unable to play at quieter volumes. Full bands also need a larger and more complex PA system which is both difficult and time consuming to set up and, if configured incorrectly, can sound poor and ruin your special evening.
James' use of backing tracks means that he can concentrate on getting his vocal sound as perfect as possible. His backing tracks are of the highest digital quality and feature real musicians playing real instruments - they are note perfect every time! He can accurately recreate your favourite songs at a fraction of the cost of a live band. Listen to samples featuring James' vocals on the demos page.
Book The Wedding Singerand you can get live music and an, integrated, professional DJ set-up
for as little as £650!See the pricing page for full details.
James has access to an array of top quality sound equipment which will be specifically tailored to the size and nature of your reception. He is especially suitable for small to medium-sized receptions but can cater for anything from 25 to 400 guests. James' set-up is simple, yet effective and 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 an extensive, yet classy, lighting set up helping to bring your reception to life providing you and your guests a superb, 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 big day. If a 3G data signal is available at your venue James can even download requests he doesn't already have on the day!
The DJ sections of the evening feature a mixture of some of the best music from the last 40 years and James happy dipping into any genre - 60's, 70's, Motown, Soul, 80's, 90's, Rock, Indie upto the latest Pop, Chart, Dance, R&B etc. As your DJ, James doesn't just press 'play' on a pre-set list of tracks 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.
James' set up utilises top quality sound and lighting equipment incorporating the latest DMX controlled LED lighting technology. Hiring James as your singer and DJ saves the hassle of hiring and dealing with a separate DJ and means only one set of equipment at your reception, making James' set-up especially suitable for small to medium-sized venues where space is at a premium.
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
Singers, musicians and bands taking wedding bookings are often not familiar with their workings and importance. James is a wedding specialist. He is 100% dedicated to providing music for weddings performing at 80+ wedding parties each year and is an expert in knowing exactly what is required.
James is a Professional
This word gets used incorrectly all the time, especially in the entertainment business. James' full time job is as a wedding singer - singing and DJing at wedding receptions, he has no other 'day job' enabling him to spend sufficient time preparing for your big day.
Personal Playlist Service
The Wedding Singer offers a personal playlist service enabling you to pick some of your favourite music to be played during your evening. 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. You are even welcome to send through any guests' requests prior to the day to be included in James' set.
Free CD Demo
Upon filling out an online enquiry form and receiving a quotation via e-mail you will be sent a free CD demo with a selection of tracks sung by The Wedding Singer so you can make an informed decision on booking.
On James' testimonials and Facebook pages you will find a selection of the recent reviews James has received from past clients. James has a number of previous customers who are happy to chat to potential clients and answer any questions they may have about any aspect of The Wedding Singer service.
You Book Direct
By booking direct you can save between £50-£175. Unlike many musicians James handles his own administration meaning you deal directly with the person providing your wedding music, not a confusing agency middleman.
Punctual and Reliable
James' vehicle is less than 12 months' old and has full AA breakdown recovery. He is also equipped with the latest satellite navigation equipment, meaning The Wedding Singer team will arrive on the doorstep of your venue in one piece and with time to spare!
Friendly and Efficient Communication
The Wedding Singerteam out your exact requirements and try their very best to meet them. We are always on hand to settle any queries by phone or e-mail.
Safety is Paramount
All James' equipment is fully electrically safe.
All appliances are subjected to regular 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.
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