Charlie James

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Qualified session piano/keyboard player with experience across every genre of music and comfortable with any type of live event.
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I was six when I first asked my Mum for a piano- she obliged and since then I've dedicated my life to becoming a musician. I began taking pop keyboard lesson in my hometown of Sheffield, at the same time learning the physical technique and the theoretical side of pop music. I joined Sheffield Music Academy at eleven and developed my classical piano playing, meaning my technique quickly improved and my reading became much better. Around this time, I also joined a band at my school and started playing bass guitar- a hobby I have kept up with to this day. I also started having singing lessons, leading me to eventually achieve a distinction in my Grade 8 Popular Music Vocals at the age of 17. When I went to sixth form, I began learning how to produce music and since then I have been working on creating electronic music- but I always add a sprinkle of piano into my tracks, just to remind the listener of my roots. In 2020 at the age of 18 I began studying Popular Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and met dozens of other talented musicians whom I have worked with ever since. In the past few years I have performed at countless function events across Manchester and the North of England, including Weddings, Festivals, at bars and Restaurants, at jazz bars and piano lounges, and recently I was asked to be the resident pianist at the International Floristry World Cup! I plan on doing as many gigs as possible, releasing music by myself and with collaborators, and hopefully eventually taking my music around the world.

Charlie's Reviews

From customers:

1 year ago

Perfect musician for our event- couldn't have asked for two hours of better suited music!

Alice (
2 years ago

Thanks Charlie for a great night- the set list was perfect and you did the songs justice!

Charlie's Song list

Spotify playlist:
Rather be - Clean Bandit
Isn't she lovely - Stevie Wonder
Don't start now - Dua Lipa
Positions - Ariana Grande
Can't feel my face - The Weeknd
Finesse - Bruno Mars
Here comes the sun- The Beatles
Rock with you- Michael Jackson
I wanna dance with somebody- Whitney Houston
Leave the door open- Silk Sonic
I wish- Stevie Wonder
Ain't nobody- Chaka Khan
Be the one- Dua Lipa
Just the two of us- Grover Washington Jr
Say so- Doja Cat
Hallucinate- Dua Lipa
Treasure- Bruno Mars
Midnight sky- Miley Cyrus
American boy- Estelle
Never too much- Luther Vandross
Put your records on- Corinne Bailey Rae
Domino- Jessie J
I will survive- Gloria Gaynor
Just the way you are- Bruno Mars
Sway- The Pussycat Dolls
Symphony- Clean Bandit
The way you make me feel- Michael Jackson
Attention- Charlie Puth
Sacrifice- The Weeknd
Crazy- Gnarls Barkley
Dancing in the moonlight- Toploader
You've got the love- Florence + the Machine
Feel it still- Portugal. The Man
Valerie- The Zutons
Do i do- Stevie Wonder
Smooth criminal- Michael Jackson
How deep is your love- Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris
Take on me- A-ha
Thriller- Michael Jackson
Heads will roll- The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Smooth operator- Sade
Toxic- Britney Spears
Dark horse- Katy Perry
Sweet dreams- Eurythmics
This is what you came for- Rihanna, Calvin Harris
Somebody else's guy- Jocelyn Brown
Don't you worry bout a thing- Stevie Wonder
Levitating- Dua Lipa
Dancing queen- ABBA
Moves like jagger- Maroon 5
Walking on sunshine- Katrina and the Waves
Call me maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen
Get lucky- Daft Punk
Can't get you out of my head- Kylie Minogue
You're the one that I want- Jon Travolta and Olivia Newton John
Save your tears- The Weeknd
Beg for you- Charli XCX
Careless whisper- George Michael
Superstition- Stevie Wonder
Slide away- Miley Cyrus
It's a man's world- James Brown
If I were a boy- Beyoncé
Jealous- Labrinth
Problem- Ariana Grande
Dusk till dawn- ZAYN
Alive- Sia
Tears- Clean Bandit
My all- Mariah Carey
Bust the windows- Jazmine Sullivan
Call out my name- The Weeknd
Earned it- The Weeknd
Pillowtalk- ZAYN
Love on the brain- Rihanna
Breathin- Ariana Grande
Location- Khalid
Thinking bout you- Frank Ocean
Diamonds- Rihanna
Halo- Beyoncé
Stay- The Kid Laroi and Justin Beiber
Crazy on love- Beyoncé
Cake by the ocean- DNCE
This love- Maroon 5
I feel it coming- The Weeknd
Girl on fire- Alicia Keys
Only girl- Rihanna
Somebody that I used to know- Gotye
Uptown funk- Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
Hey soul sister- Train
And many many more!

Charlie's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£125
Up to 1 hour£187.50
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£375


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am always being told that people can see how much I'm enjoying myself on stage, which in turns lets them enjoy themselves in the audience.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Albert Hall with RNCM Session Orchestra, Bridgwater Hall as a solo pianist, Band On the Wall with an alt-pop band, Sonata Cabaret bar as a keys-vocal duo, Factory with a hyperpop band and many many more

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I grew up listening to rock music, so my favourite artists were Biffy Clyro, Deftones, David Bowie etc, but there isn't much keys in that kind of music so I would say Gogo Penguin has been my biggest influence piano-wise.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I played in the Royal Albert Hall in London with the RNCM Session Orchestra during a Music For Youth event. It was crazy to perform in a venue that so many of my idols have performed in before, and inspired me to keep playing gigs to receive more opportunities like this!

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I don't actually own a PA at the moment but it's something I'm looking to get for the future.

How much time do you need to set up?

If I am on my own, I won't take long at all- maybe 10 minutes max. If with a band of a singer then it may take longer. I aim to arrive at events at least half an hour early so it wouldn't ever be a problem.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Absolutely, that's the perfect scenario- stops me needing to lug all my gear around!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Part of the fun is being asked to play song requests for people! It's a great feeling to be able to play someone's favourite song for them.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I have a Nord Stage 3 piano keyboard that I've been using for years- it's fairly portable as far as keyboards go and sounds lovely.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes of course. I have a very strong musical ear meaning I can learn new songs very quickly, so if I am given the list in advance I can learn an unlimited number of hand picked songs for your event.
Pop, Christmas, Classical, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Electronic, Ambient, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Easy listening, Light music, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Top 40, Soul, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Transcription, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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