Monday, 17 March 2014

Wedding Industry Awards 2014 - Finalist!

Earlier this year I was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards - 'Best Live Entertainment' category. The Wedding Industry Awards has fast become the most respected, independent wedding awards, recognising and rewarding excellence in the wedding industry.

The initial nomination and shortlisting process was decided entirely based on votes and comments by my November 2012 - October 2013 brides and grooms.

I was overwhelmed by the number of my amazing couples who took the time to vote and give me such high scores and fantastic comments.

Voters were asked 7 questions and asked for a mark out of 10 for each. My average scores were as follows:

Range of options (eg: sound, lighting and musical styles) made available by this supplier. Average voter score: 9.695
Quality of expertise, advice and guidance received from this supplier. Average voter score: 9.78
Quality of customer service and communication received from this supplier. Average voter score: 9.793
This supplier’s punctuality and personal presentation on the day of your wedding. Average voter score: 9.966
Quality of this supplier’s web presence (web site, facebook etc). Average voter score: 9.814
Quality of the musical entertainment provided. Average voter score: 9.932
Value for money. Average voter score: 9.763

Voters were then asked two questions: 'General Comments' and 'Why They Booked'. Complete voter responses are written in full below:

General Comments (in random order)

“James made our evening reception very special. He knew what songs would get people dancing. A great voice whether singing swing or pop songs. We had so many guests telling us how much they enjoyed James singing. I would definitely recommend James to anyone looking to book a singer.”

“James was helpful and a joy to deal with from the first conversation. He put us at ease and delivered on his promises. I wish every service provider was as easy to hire as James. Quality act with style!”

“James was professional and helpful from our initial enquiry right through to our event. He has a great sense of humour and nothing was too much trouble for him. Most of our guest's could not tell he was singing live unless they were watching him as the quality of his vocal and delivery was so high.”

“James was excellent entertainment at our wedding, many of our guests told us how impressed they were with him. He kept the dance floor full all night, he really knows how to make sure everyone has a good time.”

“James created a magical atmosphere during our wedding breakfast. Even my grandad thought the was amazing and gave him a £5 tip!”

“Really pleased with our wedding singer his voice wad amazing and all our guests commented how great he was.We will always remember our wedding evening and it wouldnt have been the same without tge wedding singer!!”

“After listening to the demos on James' excellent website we were wowed by his vocal ability. All our guests commented on how brilliant he was and the they couldn't notice the difference between his live singing and his dj sets. He had everyone dancing which was exactly what we wanted”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to James for singing at our wedding. You were incredible and all of our guests made comments about how great you were. You got everybody up dancing all night and made our wedding so special. We will never forget how good you were!”

“James was a professional from start to finish. He is personable and highly motivated. He made our wedding.”

“James is a true professional. From the moment i sent an enquiry he was quick at responding and all information was presented in a professional manner. I felt relaxed knowing that James had the expertise to ensure everything ran smoothly on the day. We had so many great comments from guests too!”

“Made your night perfect you couldn't of asked for any better I big thank you went out to James”

“He was AMAZING!!! Brilliant communication, fantastic voice. Everyone loved him. The best thing, we were torn between 2 songs for our first dance. He recorded the song and emailed it to us so we could decide. He remembered the difficult decision we made and played the other song to finish the night!”

“The best thing we did was to book James. He was worth every penny we spent twice over. He was friendly and professional from start to finish, thought of things I'd never considered, took charge of the days organisation and provided fantastic entertainment that our guests are still talking about!”

“James was a key part in the success of our wedding reception. We had the perfect combo of live music and disco. James is hugely experienced and the dance floor was full thanks to him! At some points it was hard to tell if he was singing because it was so professional and pitch perfect! Loved him!”

“James was a great help from the start he knew exactly what I wanted from the start and he was very helpful all the way along the process. He have me advice on things to mention to the marquee people and the friend who's field we were using. My wedding would not have been the same without him.”

“We were completely blown away with the service James provided for us, from the very beginning his communication was outstanding and his delivery on the day was flawless. He truly is the best in the business and the quality of his work was commented on by all our guests.”

“James was our only choice for our wedding entertainment after we met him and heard him sing. He is friendly, professional and made choosing the music an easy task. He chose the correct songs for the mood of the evening and was amazing singing our first dance to us.”

“on the night of our wedding when james sang and did the DJ-ing my wife and i were very pleased with his performance, and on the night and days after family and friends told us how good they thought he was. and my cousin also booked him for her wedding that night.”

“James really was amazing, he made our day so special taking into consideration to our needs & tastes.He sung our first dance to us which made it very personalised & extra special for us both. He accomodated all our guests & was particularly good in getting them on their feet & dancing. Fantastic guy”

“James was by far the best part of our wedding night our party was fantastic all thanks to James he stood out at the wedding fair very nice chap brilliant vocals, I have lots of brilliant feedback from our guests. Fantastic he helped make our night one we will all always remember.”

“From the moment we contacted James he was a friendly, professional and reassuring part of our wedding plans. On the day itself James provided fantastic entertainment wowing our guests with his singing and keeping them dancing all night no mean feat considering it was a Monday Wedding.”

“James was an excellent entertainer for our reception and lots of people commented on how wonderful he was.”

“James helped make our wedding amazing. The dance floor was never empty due to the fact he knew which songs to sing and when. He was a perfect wedding entertainer. We loved having him as part of our day and would recommend him to anyone getting married in the future. Simply brilliant.”

“Absolutely fantastic singer and entertainer. James was professional and friendly and ensured our evening reception was fantastic.”

“James was fantastic to deal with from start to finish. We had to organise our UK wedding from where we live in New Zealand and he made it so easy and stress-free. He is also a fantastic showman with a brilliant voice. Our guests were all up and dancing and all commented on how much they enjoyed him”

“Professional wedding entertainment, very good value for money. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Jame's singing. The dance floor was full all evening thanks to James excellent entertainment. People found it hard to believe that it was actually James singing as he was that good.”

“Helpful, calm - of all our suppliers, he was the nicest - at a very stressful time he wasn't stressed or gave us any concern and gave us one less thing left to worry about - I would recommend him on this basis.”

“James was simply outstanding in everything that he did. He couldn't do enough for us from the moment we made our booking. He was available to chat and discuss through our needs at anytime. His enthuisuiam for his job and attention to detail is superb. James helped make out day extra special. Thank u”

“James was professional, punctual and provided a brilliant service for our wedding. Along with his wonderful singing he was our master of ceremonies and helped the day run smoothly with his experience and professionalism.”

“Has an amazing voice and customer service was fab!”

“James made our evening reception so special we could not have wished for better. All our guests thought he was brilliant. His choice of songs etc were just perfect.”

“We were very pleased with the entertainment. James was very professional, and brilliant at his job. Everyone commented on his choice of music!! Would definitely recommend to a friend”

“James helped make our day perfect, I didn't get off the dance floor once and everyone commented on how great James was. He sang amazingly and played so many of our favourite songs! I would recommend him to everyone.”

“Every part of the service provided by James-from the booking right through to the last dance- was perfect. Organised with great attention to detail. He provided entertainment throughout our reception and all our guests commented on what a great voice he had and what a fabulous entertainer we found!”

“James provided excellent customer service, a bespoke package, which could be personalised. The set up was professional, arriving promptly & organising his equipment with no additional help from us which meant we could concentrate on the final touches. His communication was superb.”

“The service we received in preparation for our wedding and the quality entertainment on the day were absolutely second to none”

“Was so impressed on the day. Even in the wedding breakfast everyone had there hands in the air singing along. Our event manager said she had never seen such an amazing atmosphere at dinner before. He helped to make the day amazing and had good feed back from all family and friends.”

“Fantastic entertainer, met all our requirements! Made our day and night enjoyable and perfect!”

“I couldn't have asked for anyone better to perform at our wedding! Expertise, advice, communication, timings was all top quality from the day I booked him! He made our wedding perfect!! James needs to win as he truly deserves it!! I cant fault him on anything at all!”

“James went the extra mile to make sure our Wedding day was perfect by travelling to Merseyside the week before the wedding to 100% check the sound system at the venue would be ok-this was very last minute & no extra charge. He was so professional-all of our guets commented on his performance.”

“James was brilliant from start to finish. Very professional & entertaining. We would definitely recommend him to everyone.”

“James has an amazing voice, BIG personality and became one of the guests at our wedding, not just the wedding singer. He was professional, charming, and made for a fantastic evening of what was an amazing day! I would have no problem recommending him in the future.”

“James was helpful and professional from first contact to the Wedding. His involvement was seamless and his singing and entertainment was of the highest quality. He went out of his way to ensure that a personal touch was present all day and evening, making our day special, effortless and beautiful”

“Unbelievable ,James blew us away firstly how professional he is , he then sang our first dance song acappella which was amazing , from start to finish he was great choosing music to suit everyone keeping the dance floor full all night and to me that's his job well done”

“James is a fabulous entertainer with an amazing voice. He made our wedding very special and had a huge range of songs from a wide genre. He was very professional and our guests had a wonderful night made very special by James. I would have no hesitation in using James again for any future events”

“James was absolutely amazing, can't imagine our wedding would have been the same without him!!”

“Very professional, guests that had not seen him thought we were playing music through speakers into the room because the quality of his voice was so good. He took requests for what we wanted him to play during the night and kept people up dancing!!”

“Adaptable and was willing to sing our first dance for us "Baby I love your way" by big mountain, classic!”

“If I had to summarise James Barlow in one word it would be "exceptional" The comments and praise on his own website were very convincing and if anything gave us great expectations. We were a little dubious. These fears were well and truly eradicated on our big day. DJ, MC, Singer he was flawless”

“James arrived promptly and looked professional. The audio and lighting were very good and the sound quality in particular was very good. He sung songs requested and played a good selection of past and present numbers between singing. Overall he added great impact to the day. Happy 😀”

“James Barlow made our evening reception that much more special. The dance floor was constantly filled & all of our guests commented on the entertainment and the variety of songs played. James catered for all age groups & I would have no hesitation in recommending James for future couples!”

“James was the ultimate professional in the most friendly manner, he has a fantastic voice and played the songs we requested throughout the night. The dance floor was never empty, we couldn't have asked for more.”

“James was amazing still almost a year on from the day we still get comments of how good he was. Brilliant show and professional. Everyone loved him and he connected brilliantly with the guests in the room.”

“James was fantastically well organised and a huge hit on the night. He's flexible, happy to adapt and vary his set to the needs of the client. Professional and approachable. We really couldn't fault his commitment and service.”

“James was superb throughout! Subtle when required and thoroughly entertaining! I would recommend him to anyone getting married!”

“We were looking for something a little bit different , that would cater for a diverse audience and James fitted the bill brilliantly. We were blessed with amazing weather for our special day so people had the option to stay outside however many didn't want to as James was do good inside the venue!”

“Absolutely fantastic. Couldnt of asked for a better entertainer. Really made our wedding special and personalizedfor us.”

“James was on time,excellent playlist and singer got everyone up dancing,everyone commented on how professional he was would recomend to anyone who wants that bit extra for there wedding day have got some great memories for our wedding day.”

Why They Booked (in random order)

“Because we wanted quality at our wedding and James is good enough to Grace any venue. An all round great guy.”

“James has an amazing voice and personality to go with it and as soon as we had the opportunity to meet him at the wedding fayre, just knew he was the wedding singer for us - no cheese - talent, bags of personality, and a priviledge to have had the opportunity for him to sing at dour wedding!”

“His voice and singing ability were the main reason, he sounded so much better than any of the other singers we looked at. He made each track sound like his own. The praise on his website was amazing. The fact that he did so well at the awards as well really cemented out decision.”

“We booked James following the amazing testimonials on Facebook and his website, the sound clips and videos he sent through for us to listen to and his friendly, professional and personable service that was offered from the first email that was sent.”

“He provided excellent value for money and his professional service was outstanding”

“Reviews and CD he sent to us and value for money.”

“When trying to organise a wedding it can be very stressful having to rely on so many professions to come together, one of the reasons that we booked James was that he made us feel completely relaxed and reassured We liked him and he didn't let us down”

“He looked like he would add something special to the day and came well recommended. James was also very prompt and informative during our research stage for evening entertainments”

“His repertoire was good, polished and professional and made me feel relaxed that i could just hand over the organising with the venue to him and he would be there in good time on the day waiting to greet us and our guests with his vocals!”

“I came across James when googling for singers in the area with his style and I really liked his website and sample MP3s.”

“great feedback from previous bride and grooms , great voice great all round entertainer”


“We wanted a singer who sounded great, would perfom our favourtie rat-pack numbers well and act as DJ with good quality lighting and sound equipment who was also within our budget - James ticked all the boxes and had excellent customer service throughout.”

“Based on recommendation from friends we knew that James provided high quality entertainment.”

“After seeing reviews, listening to examples of his work and talking with James we knew he was the entertainer for our day and he did not disappoint”

“His website was one of the most detailed and professional i'd seen. I like how you could play a preview of his singing online. Also,when we enquired about booking him-he sent a letter with a disc to show examples.”

“Great voice and the style of music we wanted”

“We went to a wedding show at Leasowe Castle and James was signing there - we were very impressed and didn't hesitate in booking him for our wedding.”

“I wanted our wedding to have a particular feel to it, more than just a dj and disco and I knew vrom meeting him, he would do just that. I also felt he would do our first dance song justice, and he did when he sung it, perfectly.”

“From reading the great testimonials from his other customers and how helpful he was when enquiring about his services.”

“Fab voice”

“We booked him because he offered the most amazing package and really taylored his performance to accommodate exactly what we needed. He is an amazing guy with the most amazing voice and talents to adapt to any song from any era. Would recommend to anyone wanting an amazing wedding reception. I can't thank him enough for making our day so very special.”

“He has a very professional website with all the options listed, which made it easy to budget and decide what we wanted. He was very easy to deal with and the fact that he sent a comprehensive information pack, complete with sample CD, convinced us he was the person we wanted to provide our wedding entertainment”

“We loved his voice at the wedding fayre, he had great reviews & was excellent value for money. It was hassle free & the comments from our guests were amazing.”

“Good reputation and reviews.”

“Recommendation then quality.”

“We had seen a few singing djs but meeting and greeting them there was just something missing . So when we met james we knew before we heard him sing he was the one sometimes first impressions really are important .”

“Great reviews, Cd sample he sent us suited what we were looking for and more. James also sang our first dance which made it even more special.”

“At the time it was value for money as most quoted we received were above budget.”

“We wanted something a little different for our Wedding rather than "just a disco" and the testimonials on James website were amazing. After a chat with him he was so accommodating to what we wanted and we were able to have an input into what he sang. He loves his work and this shows in the delivery - he was outstanding from start to finish, professional in every step and his voice is just out of this world!”

“Web site & after speaking to him we knew he was perfect for us.”

“we wanted everyone up dancing and to enjoy the music which we got with james”