Jen Merchant

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About Jen

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Jen is a versatile singer but specialising in jazz and vintage/ retro styles. She is available for a variety of events and occasions

People often ask Jen when she started singing…the straight answer is, she can’t remember, but her mum tells her its from when she could talk! Jen has always been involved with music, singing and performing arts throughout her life. She studied for a degree in Creative and Performing Arts at The University of Portsmouth, graduating in 2010 and has gone on to gig professionally ever since. Whilst Jen has a very varied music taste, her real passion for singing is jazz/ swing and soul and this is what she performs most of in her sets (along with some 'doo wop', rock n roll and classic and contemporary pop) and She has a real love for vintage and retro styles (including her beloved retro style microphone). For the festive season, Jen has plenty of Christmas songs, it's her favourite time of the year! Jen can either perform easy listening background music, perfect for wedding breakfasts, cocktail parties and black tie dinners etc. or songs to really get people on the dance floor and get the party going, or of course a mix of both. Jen’s experience as a singer includes performing at some notable prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Guildford Cathedral, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and many prestigious hotels amongst many more venues. She has developed a talent for performing which extends beyond her singing and never fails to delight and engage her audiences. Jen provides a PA system with all her gigs. Jen can also be booked as part of a discount, joint package with her other half, Sean, who is a DJ for the full party package. Jen can also be booked as part of 'JC Duo' with extremely talented pianist, Cornel Oprea. Please contact Jen for a full list of songs in her repertoire or let her know in advance if there is a special song that you would like performed at your event as Jen is forever adding to her set list! Jen is based on the Surrey/ Hampshire boarder but is happy to travel to all surrounding counties and areas (Berkshire, West Sussex, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Dorset etc and beyond: Travel expenses may apply for travelling further than 40 miles).

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Jazz, Pop, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Motown, Soul, Vintage, Covers, Easy listening, 1920s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music
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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, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Actor, Dancer, Perfect pitch, Community music worker
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Song list

Just a small selection of the songs I sing (please contact me for a full list)...
Why don’t you do right- Peggy Lee
Perhaps, Perhaps, perhaps- Doris Day
Fly me To The Moon- Frank Sinatra
Moondance- Michael Buble
Fever- Peggy Lee
Straighten Up and Fly Right- Nat King Cole
Sway- Frank Sinatra
That Man- Caro Emerald
Big, Bad, Handsome Man- Imelda May
Liquid Lunch- Caro Emerald
Superstion- Stevie Wonder
Get Ready- The Temptations
Heard It Through The Grapevine- Marvin Gaye
Come See About Me- The Supremes
Son Of a Preacher Man- Dusty Springfield
Stuck In The Middle With You- Stealers Wheel
My Girl- The Temptations
Higher and Higher- Jackie Wilson
Jailhouse Rock- Elvis Presley
Twist and Shout- The Beatles
Tainted Love- Imelda May
Do You love Me- The Contours
Shake a Tail Feather- Blues Brothers
Teenager In Love- Dion and The Belmont’s
Be My Baby- The Ronettes
Don’t Know Why- Nora Jones
Ex’s and Oh’s- Elle King
Valerie- Amy Winehouse
Forget You- Cee-Lo Green
Call Me Maybe- Postmodern Jukebox version
Customer questions

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

I always try our 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. I you require a longer booking then an adjusted quote can be discussed if necessary.

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

Yes, no problem at all, as long as it has a mini jack connection socket.

How much time do you need to set up?

Comfortably 45 mins (depending on how easily accessible the venue is).

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

If there are certain must have songs or genres you would like in particular then of course, please do let me know. A lot of the time I will also gage crown reaction, so having every single song set in stone may not always work but I will of course endevour to include suggested songs to make your night truly special.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, all I need is access to plus points.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If enough notice is given then I will endeavour to learn your song for you. This does depend on if I can find the appropriate backing track, in the correct key etc and if I feel I can really do the song justice.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I feel that clients like that I put my own spin on certain songs and have a wide range of styles to suit a variety of audiences.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Too many to count but some of my most notable venues include: - Highclere Castle (AKA Downton Abbey) - Portsmouth Guildhall - New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth - Solent Forts - Pennhill Park, Bagshot - Crazy Bear, Stadhampton - Woburn Abbey - East India Club, London - 34, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair -The Wisley, Golf Club - Great Fosters Hotel, Virginia Water

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Many! The list includes: - Ella Fitzgerald - Caro Emerald - Michael Buble - Frank Sinatra - Postmodern Jukebox - Stevie Wonder - Elvis - Dust Springfield

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

Performing at Highclere Castle (a.k.a Downton Abbey) on various occasions. Including for their Vintage Garden party, Valentines and Christmas Events and a pirate dinner party for Lord and Lady Carnarvon. Also, singing for The Chancellor's Dinner at Portsmouth Guildhall, for an audience which included Sir Lenny Henry, Kenya King (CBE) and Tom Ilube (CBE).


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£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
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Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
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Alan L, 4 months ago

Very Professional and a fantastic performer!

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Amanda T, 7 months ago

Jen was great, I had really good feedback from all who attended the event about Jen, I would book her again

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Jean A, 4 months ago

Just wanted to say thank you so much for Friday night, everyone thought you were fab and had a great evening. I will certainly recommend you to all our friends and I think you said some folks took your card anyway Thanks again Jean

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Hayley H, 1 year ago

Jen! Wow! What a singer! Jen sang throughout various points at our wedding and was amazing. Her voice added a real vintage and classy feel to the day. All our guests commented on how brilliant she was. Sean was also our DJ, and what a great DJ he is! The dance floor was packed all night and he really listened to the type of music we wanted. I could not recommend SNJ entertainment more! They were organised, professional and superb at providing entertainment throughout the entire day.

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