Singing guitarist

Courtney Visser

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About Courtney

Singing guitarist
Leeds
Public liability insurance
Courtney is a Leeds-based solo guitar/vocalist. She is reliable and friendly with a large repertoire that can be tailored to meet most needs

I am a vocalist accompanying myself on acoustic guitar and occasionally the ukulele. I enjoy singing a broad range of music and as such my repertoire would suit most occasions and atmospheres. Artists covered include Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, Frank Sinatra, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Guns n Roses, Alanis Morissette, The Eagles, Cyndi Lauper, Bon Iver, P!nk, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran. Tailored sets could be arranged by decade eg 80s, 90s, 70s, style eg Classic Rock, Blues/Jazz, Pop Classics, a mix of certain artists, or themed such as music from films or music from Disney movies. In particular I cater to people looking for simple but effective setups - those who may have limited space in smaller venues or who want quality music but don't want something so loud that no one can talk. I have played both nationally and internationally at cafes, bars, restaurants, weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions and many other events, and enjoy busking in different U.K. cities. Last summer I was hired to play a wedding out in Reno NV, USA, and this summer I spent time gigging in Japan. I have completed 9 cruise ship contracts as a featured soloist. I have full public liability insurance.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Musical theatre, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Modern jazz, Blues, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Disco, Motown, Soul, Top 40, Rock, Classic rock, Indie, Pop rock, Australian music
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Instruments:
Singing guitarist, Singer
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Songwriter, Lyricist, Actor, Singing teaching, Theory teaching, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Sample - Uptempo Classics:
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
Aretha Franklin - Natural Woman
Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Alanis Morissette - Ironic
Amy MacDonald - This is the Life
Bastille - Pompeii
Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man
Eagles - Take it Easy
Carpenters - Top of the World
Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
Cher - Believe
KT Tunstall - Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance
Sample - Chilled Set:
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Fleetwood Mac - Songbird
Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Simon and Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair
Carole King - You've Got A Friend
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Extreme - More Than Words
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Lumineers - Ho Hey
Customer questions

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

I will always try to accommodate you within reason. Please just let me know as soon as possible of any changes - they can usually be catered to.

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

I can absolutely do this. I’m not a DJ per say but if you’d like me to control a playlist and take requests I’m happy to put together some music for you. Between sets is no extra charge, whereas after the final set will incur an additional fee dependent on time.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to arrive 45 minutes early. Set up itself generally only takes 15 minutes.

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

I have a large repertoire of music and cater to many different tastes. For some events I may only play pop music from the 2010s, while for others I might only play tunes from the 70s. I can work with you to get a solid idea of what you’d like, and/or put together a set that is bound to be perfect for your event based on past experience.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I specialise in events that require a simply, no-fuss setup. My PA is powerful but compact. For most events it is perfectly suitable. In the event that you’d like to hire me for an event that exceeds my system’s capabilities, I would require equipment to be arranged, but we can work together to make this happen. My equipment has not been an issue so far

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Special song requests can certainly be fulfilled if requested in advance - I may already know the song but if not I am happy to learn up to two songs free of charge.

Prices

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400

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Janet M, 4 months ago

Courtney was fantastic at our wedding, so many people commented on how fabulous she was. she was very professional, on time and lovely to deal with, I cant recommend Courtney highly enough-thanks Courtney for adding to our very special wedding day x

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Joanne L, 1 year ago

Courtney was lovely and very good with patients - her voice is amazing. I would have liked to hear her with backing tracks maybe as well as the guitar.

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Jennifer L, 1 year ago

Courtney was so professional and such a lovely person. We hired her to sing at our restaurant for valentine's Day evening and she certainly didn't disappoint. Her voice is magical, I could literally listen to her for hours, to say she gave me goosebumps would be an understatement, and our customers couldn't get enough saying how much of a unique sound she has. Thankyou for making our night that extra bit more special, Jennifer Lowe from Osteria Italian Restaurant Hull

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Rachel T, 8 months ago

We booked Courtney for our wedding reception and she was fantastic. We loved the music and we received so many compliments from our guests about how great her performance was. What's more, not only did Courtney sing beautifully but she was also a pleasure to work with. She communicated well in the run up to the event and then got on with it on the day, making the entertainment stress free for us. We don't think we could have picked a better musician for our wedding.

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Jane M, 9 months ago

Courtney has a huge repertoire of classic rock, pop and country material, which has appeal to all age groups. Her stage presence is engaging and endearing, and she has taken care to learn Japanese phrases and even a few songs in Japanese, to connect with her audiences. Courtney has a beautiful voice and her guitar playing compliments her voice perfectly. She is mostly a rhythmic guitarist, which works well to allow her voice to be the focal point. I love the fact that Courtney sings a lot of male pop tunes, which increases her repertoire potential, and offers new twists on what you would expect a female singer to perform. Courtney does not use backing tracks. She gets great responses from her audiences, and many people faithfully come to hear her at each set. She is professional in her preparation and approach to performances, and also effortlessly moves from small, intimate setups to larger lounges, and she can fill the stage.

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Rachel Prescott
3rd January 2018
Rachel Prescott

I performed with Courtney on New Year’s Eve. She came to my rescue at such short notice and even though we hadn’t met each other or had time to plan the evening (as much as we would have liked), Courtney was more than professional. She adapted so quickly to what the audience wanted and her repertoire was so versatile. Everyone commented on what a great duo we were - that’s testament to how she adapted so well to the task at hand. Courtney’s voice is gorgeous and unique, and she has such a fab connection with the audience that they can’t help loving her work too! I was immensely proud of our show on that night and Courtney made it so special. I would highly recommend her for any event!

Jason Lam
10th April 2017
Jason Lam

I have seen Courtney perform at multiple venues; she has a diverse range of songs (covers & originals) and delivers with brilliance. Working with Courtney has always been enjoyable. Would highly recommend!

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