Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Rachael & Matt at Nork Community Centre, Surrey

I sang for Rachael and Matt at their wedding party in the picturesque village of Nork in Surrey in October.

The guests were a very lively and the majority of the large hall ended up being filled with dancers for most of the evening!

A lovely couple and a great group of people, everyone particularly enjoyed the cheesier tracks played!

Rachael and Matt have sent me a fantastic testimonial:

Thank you so much for an amazing night I had the best time ever and so many people commented on how fantastic you were! We wanted to thank you for being so accommodating and professional. Communication prior to the night was excellent and everybody agreed that your singing was fantastic.

You are an expert at getting all age groups up dancing and we wouldn't change a thing about the evening!

We will definitely be recommending!

Best wishes to Matt and Rachael. I gave out quite a few business cards on the day so I'll hopefully see you again soon!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011


I've added several songs to my live song list over the past couple of months. A combination of first dance requests and some more up to date chart additions:

Dean Martin - That's Amore

A 1952 #1 Billboard chart song originally sung by Dean Martin, featured in the film 'The Caddy'. Especially learnt and very much appreciated for a recent Italian wedding, a great sing a long song!

Elbow - A Day Like This

Probably the band's most well known track becoming particularly popular after their 'Best Band' win at the 2009 BRIT awards. This song works particularly well as a last dance with the bride and groom in the middle of a big circle of guests singing as loud as they possibly can!

Adele - Make You Feel My Love

A track originally written and sung by Bob Dylan and performed by many artists since, the most well-known version to date probably being Garth Brooks'. This version was released by Adele in 2008 reached number 4 in the UK charts. Becoming a popular first dance choice and great for those looking for something more up to date to start the evening off with.

The Killers - Mr Brightside

Has long been a dance floor filler at my weddings, now available sung live. A massive hit in 2004, continues to be popular and has become an essential part of any singer or DJ's indie / rock repertoir.

Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire

Kings Of Leon's classic sing a long hit, originally released in 2009, it still makes regular appearances in the top 40! Always proves popular on the dance floor, now available to be sung live.

Cee Lo Green - Forget You

Cee Lo Green's biggest hit of last year. A guaranteed dance floor filler loved by people of all ages, helping me bring my live sets up to date.

Dean Martin - Always Gentle Of My Mind

Originally written and performed by John Hartford in 1968, also well known as being sung by country singer Glen Campbell, the Dean Martin verion was the most successful. Can be included in my Rat Pack / Swing set should you wish.

Check out the song list page for my complete list of live songs available

Monday, 7 November 2011

Wendy & Nick at Kettering Park Hotel, 29th October 2011

It was my first time at the Kettering Park Hotel, entertaining for Wendy & Nick's celebrations on 29th October.

Wendy & Nick booked the Standard Package with Dinner Music add-on, so we arrived and set-up between their ceremony and wedding breakfast to be set-up and ready to play background music whilst everyone ate.

The venue's built-in LED lighting sytem was able to match the day's colour scheme: blue and provided stunning colour wash throughout the room as guests dined.

As a surprise for those doing speeches, Wendy concocted a plan to play short excerts of songs before each speech. Wendy's Dad stood up to a short burst of 'My Girl', for Nick we had Kylie's 'I Should Be So Lucky' and for the best man we had a chorus of 'Whatta Man' by Salt 'N Pepa!

As we progressed to the evening reception we added our lighting to the set-up and I was able to match the blue colour wash of the venue matching the dance floor witht the rest of the room for the evening. The venue also had a large star cloth curtain which was drawn across behind our set-up making the dance floor end of the room stunning.

A short video of the lighting set-up with bubbles!:

I sang Take That's Greatest Day for Nick & Wendy's first dance which was follwed by non-stop dancing right up until 1am! They booked the extra Rat Pack / Swing set so I sang for 2 hours in total and DJed in between.

Wendy & Nick sent me the following testimonial over the weekend:

Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special, your choice of music for the wedding breakfast was perfect, along with the silly intros to the speeches I requested! The evening music was fantastic, you sang our first dance song beautifully, so much so some of the guests thought it was Take That singing properly! Your entertainment throughout the evening was brilliant with everybody up on the dance floor all night!! With the guests commenting on how brilliant your singing was. My mum was delighted that you played the scottish dance music she was in her element!

We can not thank you enough for making our special day so perfect! We will be recommending you to everybody. I have attached a photo of us doing the first dance and yourself in the background with the bubbles.

Thank you once again and all the best for the future. You made the day and night perfect!

All the very best to Wendy and Nick and thank you to all the staff at Kerring Park Hotel, I hope to be back soon!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Vicky & Greg at Wicksteed Park, Kettering. 3rd September 2011

I sang for Vicky and Greg last month at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.A big open air concert was also taking place in the park where world famous Abba tribute band, 'Bjorn Again' were performing. Luckily my sound system was more than a match to the Swedish sound alikes so we couldn't hear them once the dancing began!

It was a really fantastic evening with lots of singing, dancing and bubbles! Vicky and Greg's first dance was the ever popular 'Amazed' by Lonestar which I sung live for them.

The happy couple have recently sent me the following testimonial. Thanks Vicky & Greg for letting me be a part of your big day!

We would just like to say a massive thanks to you for helping to create such an amazing evening for our wedding reception. Your singing was incredible on the day. We have constantly had guests both during and after the wedding telling us what a good performer you were. The first dance in particular was amazing, many commented it was even better than the original. From when we first booked you, to the night of our wedding, your friendliness and helpfulness has been second to none. If we did it all again tomorrow, we would book you again straight away!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Anna & Paul in Old Brampton, Derbyshire. 10th September 2011

Anna and Paul's big day was on 10th September 2011 at Anna's parent's home, 'Busty Fields' in Old Brampton, a lovely part of rural Derbyshire on the outskirts of the Peak District.

They had erected a magnificent marquee on the lawn and 150 guests danced the night away as the sun set.

Guests were also treated to a set by the excellent Birmingham Blues Brothers who performed at 9pm after my first singing set. Anna booked this as a special suprise for Paul who is a big Blues Brothers fan.

Toastmaster Mike Hyman did an excellent job at officiating events throughout the day, I also got chatting to him about his charity 'Kids 'n' Cancer', helping young people with cancer to gain access to Proton Therapy.

Anna and Paul sent me some really nice comments this morning:

I just wanted to say you a massive thank you for providing such great entertainment at our wedding reception on the 10th September 2011. My biggest wish for the day was that all our family and friends have an excellent party and we owe that in large part to you for your brilliant vocals and DJ-ing. We had a few hiccups on the day with other things so I was really grateful that I never had a single worry where you were concerned and that I could completely leave it with you. I had guests commenting to me after that when they heard a song they liked playing that they went up to dance and realised you were actually singing it, amazing! It's a sure sign of a great time when guests don't want to get off the dancefloor! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to any future bride and groom for their big day. Thank you so much again.

Very best wishes to the new Mr and Mrs Beresford!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Gareth & Sarah at The Renaissance Hotel, Manchester City Centre

A fantastic night at The Renaissance Hotel, Manchester City Centre for Gareth & Sarah's reception. A really great crowd up for a good time and LOTS of dancing!

"James, you were fab abd our evening reception was fantastic, everyone was talking about how good you were. You got the crowd going and everyone enjoying themselves"

James Barlow - Wedding Singer Manchester

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Top ten first dance songs 2010 / 2011

Struggling for first dance ideas? Here is a list of my 10 most popular first dance choices over the past 12 months. All songs are available either sung live or played pre-recorded.

1) Amazed - Lonestar
2) Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart / Van Morrisson
3) Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
4) Rule The World - Take That
5) Everything - Michael Buble
6) Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
7) I Swear - All 4 One
8) First Time Ever I Saw Face - Roberta Flack
9) Hold On - Michael Buble
10) Greatest Day - Take That

James Barlow - The Wedding Singer

Friday, 24 June 2011


I wanted to re-iterate a few points highlighted in
the info sheet you received with your booking pack, mainly to make sure your venue are aware of what we are coming in to do on the day so that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Apologies if you are already aware of these points or if some of it sounds obvious but I've had a few problems at venues over the past few months so I just wanted to clarify everything with you all.

Dinner Music add-on to the Standard Package

If you have booked the Standard Package and the Dinner Music add on, where we will come in and set-up before you sit down for your wedding breakfast and play some background music whilst you dine, again, it is important to let your venue know that we are doing this. Whilst we always try to get as much of the set-up completed before the wedding breakfast, a very small system can be set-up during your meal if space is at a premium; the set-up can be as small as 1metre x 1metre if required. If only a minimal set-up is possible during your meal, 30 - 45 minutes will be required afterwards to complete the set-up and add lighting for the evening.

If you have also booked the bubble machine as part of your package please note that some venues do not allow the use of bubble machines so it important that you get their permission. The bubble fluid used is a special (and very expensive!) 'non-wetting' formula to prevent the bubbles causing a slippery dance floor (mostly what venues are concerned about), so it might be worth mentioning this your venue if you have your heart set on bubbles and they need some persuading!

This is all about making the day run smoothly and all the information here and within the booking pack you received when you booked is given to you in order to make the day as successful and hassle free (for us all!) as possible.

If you have any questions or problems with any of the above or want to alter your package, feel free to give me a call. Also, if your venue have any questions about set-up, space, bubbles etc they are also very welcome to contact me.