Singing pianist

Jess Sawers

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Your favourite songs, done a little differently. Creating atmosphere at Weddings, Functions and Events for over 10 years.
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Elegant, unique and intricate twists on both contemporary and classic songs. Music that intrigues, excites and ensnares to enhance a luxurious and relaxing atmosphere. My clients remember me for my smoky vocal tone and a sophisticated yet edgy performance style. My specialities cover the genres of pop, jazz, rock, lounge, soundtrack and folk. I strive to create poignant and interesting arrangements of very well-known tracks spanning over the last five decades. Make your event sparkle.

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Jess' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Tom J
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Jess was absolutely brilliant. Not only was she an amazing musician, she was more than happy to accommodate all our requests. She was also available to have a call with us to go through the running order and plan our music. Would absolutely recommend!

Reply from Jess
1 year ago

Hi Tom! Ah thanks so much for having me and for your kind review. It was a beautiful day, and I loved being part of it 😊 Congratulations, once again! Jess

Alice W
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Really great. Everyone enjoyed Jess's performance.

Sam L
4 years ago
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4.8 out of 5

What an incredible performer. Stunning voice and wonderful energy. And the loveliest person to deal with. Perfect accompaniment to my cocktails party. Highly recommend.

Amrit S
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

We booked Jess for my parents 35th wedding anniversary and she was perfect. Great value for money. Had extensive song list for all age groups to enjoy. Set everything up on time. She sang some lovely songs through dinner which got everyone in a good party mood. Would defintly look to book for future events.

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Kirsty R
4 years ago, for a Wedding in 64 Orchard Pl
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5 out of 5

Just wanted to say an extra thank you for your amazing performances plural at our wedding!! We absolutely loved the ceremony and having you singing for it was a huge part of it. Your voice is so beautiful and your version of Des’ree 'Kissing You' gave me tingles. Everyone was talking all night about your singing and we’re so grateful to you. Please let us know where you’re performing, we’d love to come and see you sing again! X

Pip H
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Harksome Hill
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5 out of 5

We asked Jess to play at our wedding this May and could not be happier. She was happy to learn and play all the songs we requested for our ceremony - some of which were a little non traditional! Her communication was spot on and we were very relaxed on the day. Our guests were very complimentary! Music helped make our wedding really special and we can’t thank her enough.

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Jess' Song list

60’s & Earlier
Always On My Mind - Elvis
Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nancy Sinatra
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Blackbird - The Beatles
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
California Dreaming – Mamas and Papas
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis
Cry Me a River - Julie London
Dream A Little Dream of Me - Mamas and Papas
Embraceable You - Gershwin
End of The World - Skeeter Davis
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Fever – Peggy Lee
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Girl From Ipanema – Frank Sinatra
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
I Wanna Be Like You - Jungle Book
Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
My Heart Belongs To Daddy - Cole & Porter
Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps – Doris Day
Play With Fire – The Rolling Stones
Scarborough Fair (Canticle) – Simon and Garfunkel
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Harald Arlen
Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
Sway – Frank Sinatra
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Stormy Weather - Billie Holiday
Summertime - George Gershwin
Wade In The Water - Trad (Eva Cassidy Version)
With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles
What A Difference A Day Made – Dinah Washington
What A Wonderful World - Louie Armstrong
Where Do You Go To My Lovely - Peter Sarstedt
White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Who By Fire - Trad (Leonard Cohen)
Why Don’t You Do Right – Peggy Lee
You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Bright Eyes – Art Garfunkel
Candle in The Wind - Elton John
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Handbags & Gladrags - Rod Steward
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Hotel California - The Eagles
I Wish I Knew How - Nina Simone
I’m Feeling Fine - Bugsy Malone
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Moondance - Van Morrison
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
Paint it Black - Rolling Stones
People Are Strange - The Doors
Piano Man - Billy Joel
River - Joni Mitchell
Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Stuck In The Middle - Stealers Wheel
Take It Easy - The Eagles
This is A Man’s World - James Brown
Tomorrow - Bugsy Malone
Vienna - Billy Joel
Vincent - Don McClean
Wild Wood – Paul Weller
What A Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
Wild World - Cat Stevens
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
Baby Can I Hold You - Tracy Chapman
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Desperado -The Eagles
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Golden Brown - The Stranglers
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Hello - Lionel Richie
License to Kill - Gladys Knight
Life on Mars - David Bowie
Lovesong - The Cure
Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie
More Than Words – Extreme
One Day I’ll Fly Away – Randy Crawford
Starman - David Bowie
Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses
Teardrop - Massive Attack
The Logical Song - Supertramp
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Something Inside So Strong - Labi Siffre
Weakness in Me - Joan Armatrading
Your Song - Elton John
A Design For Life - Manic Street Preachers
American Triangle - Elton John
Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
Black Velvet - Allanah Myles
Babylon – David Gray
Clocks – Coldplay
Creep - Radiohead
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Don’t Speak - No Doubt
Every Day is A Winding Road - Sheryl Crow
Fields of Gold - Sting
Girl Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae
High - Lighthouse Family
I Try - Macy Gray
I’m Outta Love - Anastacia
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
Losing My Religion - R.E.M
Lovefool - The Cardigans
No Surprises - Radiohead
Promise Me - Beverley Craven
Runaway - The Corrs
Smooth - Santana
The Scientist – Coldplay
This Years Love – David Gray
Torn -Natalie Imbruglia
Toxicity - System of A Down
Trouble - Coldplay
Wonderwall - Oasis
You’ve Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
9 Crimes - Damien Rice
Ageing Superhero – Newton Faulkner
Amie - Damien Rice
Animal - Miike Snow
Babylon - David Gray
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
Crazy- Gnarles Barkley
Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
Hope There’s Someone - Anthony and the Johnsons
I Don’t Feel Like Dancing - Scissor Sisters
Idaho - Nerina Pallot
Last Request - Paolo Nutini
Limit To Your Love – Feist
Mad World - Gary Jules
No Good - Amy Winehouse
Read My Mind - The Killers
Run - Snow Patrol
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Sigh No More - Mumford and Sons
Someone Like You - Adele
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Sophia - Nerina Pallot
Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
The Brothel - Susanne Sundfor
Toxic – Britney Spears
When You Were Young - The Killers
You’re Beautiful - James Blunt
You Give Me Something - James Morrison
All Of Me – John Legend
Breathe – Jax Jones
Fix You - Coldplay
Ghost Town – Madonna
Halo - Beyonce
Hello – Adele
Hold Back The River - James Bay
I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li
I Miss You - Frank Ocean
Just Hold On – Drake
Lean On – Major Lazer
People Help The People - Birdy
Old Pine - Ben Howard
Redbone – Childish Gambino
River – Leon Bridges
Russian Roulette – Rihanna
Strong - London Grammar
Sweet Dreams - Beyonce
Take Me To Church – Hozier
Titanium – Sia
Video Games – Lana Del Ray
We Found Love - Rihanna

Jess' 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)£175
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£450


Special Requests
Customer questions

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

I can be flexible, I want to make sure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If there is a drastic change, we can rearrange pricing to suit - no problem!

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

I can indeed! There is no charge for this. Just give me an idea of the mood your after and I can create a playlist to suit you.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually under an hour, but I like to arrive in plenty of time to ensure the sound is the best it can be.

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

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

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

Yes definitely. If you prefer to give me a few examples of what you like, I can also craft a set list for you that works with your tastes.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes - I have a Korg SV1 with brilliant piano sounds and PA I can provide.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £60 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Different and unique song choices and interesting arrangements - I love the classics but enjoy giving them a twist. I'm a lover of good songwriters, I tend to avoid the average cheesy tracks if I can! I have a background in Gypsy, Punk and Rock bands, so my clients love my alternative take on repertoire and smoky vocals.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Festival Hall The Shard Wilton's Music Hall Shepherd's Bush Empire Glastonbury Festival 2014 The Ned Nobu Mayfair The Science Musuem Rubens At The Palace London Hilton Hyde Park White City & Shoreditch House Park Plaza Riverbank Lord's Cricket Ground Bush Hall Montague on the Gardens Under the Bridge - Chelsea Shacklewell Arms

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Regina Spektor Joni Mitchell Nina Simone Tori Amos Elton John Stevie Wonder Ray Charles The Beatles The Eagles Led Zeppellin System Of A Down Adele Eva Cassidy Fleetwood Mac Mamas and Papas Billie Holliday

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

Either Shepherd's Bush Empire supporting To Kill A King or Under The Bridge supporting the Beautiful South.
1950s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, R&B, Soul, Motown, Vintage, Funk, Disco, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Pop rock, Indie, Film / TV music, Christmas, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Avant garde, Originals, Rock 'n' Roll, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Country, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Funk rock, Top 40, Post rock, Progressive rock, Folk rock, 1940s era music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Klezmer, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk
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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, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Transcription, Theory teaching, Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching
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