James Billington

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Professional singer with small to large bands and as solo artist. Surprise singing waiter. Private karaoke nights and discos. Based in Devon
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James is a professional singer from Exeter and is known throughout the southwest primarily for his swing and jazz exploits but also performs a lot of soul, Motown and funky modern tunes. James is available as a solo singer with backing tracks, with duo of keys or guitar, a trio with keys and sax/clarinet and then various band formats as below. He fronts the very popular eight piece swing, jazz and party band All Jazzed Up who play at all types of events including weddings, festivals, private functions and have also run an extremely successful weekly jazz night on the sea front in Exmouth since January 2017 and is still going strong since. All Jazzed Up back James’ voice with keys, double bass, guitar, drums, saxophone, trumpet and trombone and as you can imagine, it is a fab sound. AJU also go out as a five, six and seven piece band. James also performs with a number of other local bands when required including The Drat Pack and fronts the UK touring Magnificent Bublé theatre tribute show. A great night is always guaranteed with such a varied range of music available to the booker and their guests. A fab sound and lighting rig comes as standard when booked and a disco can also be provided to compliment the live music. Check out the repertoire and reviews on my profile to see a bit more.

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4.9 out of 5
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James' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Lara H
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Hi James I am sorry this is late. I did send a review I didn’t realize it hadn’t gone through!! You are an amazing person and an amazing artist and entertainer! You listened to exactly what we wanted for our get together and we had so much fun!! Thank you so much for making our evening special 😘😘😘🥰

Reply from James
6 months ago

Ahhh Lara, thank you so much! I had such a blast with you all too. A really special family you all are!! Thank you for asking me to play a part in it. I hope the rest of your time away together was everything you wanted it to be! Best wishes! X

Ben E
9 months ago
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4.8 out of 5

James arrived exactly as promised and delivered an incredibly entertaining evening, he even made it possible to have an impromptu Karaoke for the guests which they loved. He was not only a talented singer, but a great entertainer. He was very pleasant to work with and filled us with confidence ahead of the event

Reply from James
9 months ago

Ah thanks Ben and Charlotte for the lovely review. It was a really fun time at a gorgeous venue. Thank also for looking after me well that night! You and your guests were such a good laugh so the karaoke was just felt really natural! Thanks again for booking me! James

Samantha G
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

James joined us at a surprise party for my mums 60th birthday down in Devon. James and I were speaking before the event to agree the playlist and timings for the event which was hugely helpful for my own planning purposes. James arrived punctually and was just lovely! James’ performance was absolutely fantastic and was the ‘cherry on top’ of a week’s worth of celebrations. Would 100% recommend and if I could give more than 5 stars I would. Samantha, London

Reply from James
1 year ago

Ah thanks so much for your lovely review Sam! I had such a lovely time with you all and was so thrilled to see how much Julia was enjoying the whole party. We just have Ireland to look forward to now! ;) Thanks again! James

Jacqueline S
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Can’t praise James enough. Everything was easy and wow what a performer highly recommend.

Reply from James
1 year ago

Thanks so much Jacqui and thanks of course to Roy for whom it was a pleasure to play for his 90th birthday!

From other customers:

Keith, H
7 years ago

Superb band with fantastic vocalist, excellent sax etc etc. Great choice for our ball and we have already discussed further events.

Rose, M
8 years ago

James has a fantastic voice, singing all the songs I love

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James' Song list

You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble
Ain't nobody here but us chickens - Louis Jordan
Sing sing sing - Benny Goodman
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Do Nothing Til' You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington/Robbie Williams
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Call Me Irresponsible - Michael Buble
Fever - Michael Buble
All Of Me - Michael Buble
Swing Supreme - Robbie Williams
They Can't Take That Away From Me - Frank Sinatra/Robbie Williams
A Foggy Day - Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble
The Best Is Yet To Come - Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble
All About That Bass
Lady Is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Putting On The Ritz - Fred Astaire/Robbie Williams
Aint That A Kick In The Head - Dean Martin/Robbie Williams
Straighten Up And Fly Right - Nat King Cole/Robbie Williams
Have You Met Miss Jones? - Robbie Williams
That’s Life - Frank Sinatra
Feeling Good - Michael Buble
Moondance - Van Morrison/Michael Buble
I’ve Got The World On A String - Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble
Sway - Michael Buble
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Me And My Shadow - Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Junior
New York, New York - Frank Sinatgra
Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire
On The Street Where You Live - Dean Martin
It had better be tonight - Michael Buble
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
Anything Goes - Frank Sinatra
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
Don't let me be misunderstood - Gregory Porter and Jamie Cullum
When you’re smiling - Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble
Umbrella - Rhianna/Post Modern Jukebox
Don't Stop The Music - Jamie Cullum
Crazy In Love - Beyonce/Post Modern Jukebox
I Wanna Be Like You - The Jungle Book
Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman
Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble
It’s A Beautiful Day - Michael Buble
Everything - Michael Buble
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson
I Feel Good - James Brown
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams
Feeling Good - Michael Buble
Moondance - Van Morrison/Michael Buble
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Heartache Tonight - The Eagles/Michael Buble
Stacey’s Mom - Fountains of Wayne/Post Modern Jukebox
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen/Michael Buble
Save The Last Dance For Me - Michael Buble
Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Blame It On The Boogie - Michael Jackson
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Lullaby Of birdland - Mel Torme
These Are The Days - Jamie Cullum
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Frnak Sinatra
You’re Nobody Til’ Somebody Loves You - Dean Martin
Can’t We Be Friends? - Ella Fitzgerald
Lonesome Lover - Gregory Porter
The In Crowd - Gregory Porter
Devil May Care - Jamie Cullum
Old Devil Moon - Jamie Cullum
In The Wee Small Hours - Jamie Cullum
Almost Like Being In Love - Nat King Cole
Orange Coloured Sky - Nat King Cole
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter - Fats Waller
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Mr Bojangles - Sammy Davis Junior/Robbie Williams
One For My Baby - Frank Sinatra
Me And Mrs Jones - Michael Buble
Lost - Michael Buble
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding/Michael Buble
I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Hey Laura - Gregory Porter
Cry Me A River - Michael Buble
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles/Michael Buble
Kissing A Fool - Jamie Cullum
Home - Michael Buble
A Song For You - Michael Buble
Water Under Bridges - Gregory Porter
The Way You Look Tonight - Michael Buble
My Way - Frank Sinatra
You and I - Michael Buble
You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles/Michael Buble
What A Difference A Day Made - Jamie Cullum
Be Good (Lions Song) - Gregory Porter
Young At Heart - Frank Sinatra
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
Jazz, Swing
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