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About Katy James

Charming and versatile female vocalist. Can perform a variety of genres and always gives a professional show.
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Leeds
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I am from Leeds, West Yorkshire. I trained at the London School of Musical Theatre, graduating in 2011, and lived and worked in London for 5 years before moving back up North in 2015. I have been performing as a soloist professionally for over 15 years. During this time I have performed at a variety of venues and events, and was the winner of numerous awards and competitions. I love performing at weddings and private events, and have also performed at corporate events, outdoor festivals, hotels, cabaret evenings, golf clubs and various others. As well as my solo work, I also perform in a Motown trio, a four-piece vocal group, and in care homes. I have worked as a Lead Vocalist for P&O Cruises since 2016. I have worked on various different ships where I had to learn and perform 11 different shows, as well as my own cabaret. I have also had various theatre roles over the last 10 years, including Cinderella in Into the Woods and the title character in tours of Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty. I was also delighted to perform at the West End Heroes charity concert in London, singing alongside Marti Pellow and Michael Ball. I can perform a wide variety of music genres and themes, and am more than happy to personalise my set list to suit any event. My shows are always professional, not only the performance side, but also with costumes and quality tracks.

Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Christmas, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Swing, Cabaret, Easy listening, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Motown, Top 40, Vintage, Britpop, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue 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:
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Song list

Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
Aint Nobody – Chaka Kahn
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Happy – Pharell Williams
Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
C’est La Vie – B Witched
Wannabe - Spice Girls
Stop - Spice Girls
Spice Up Your Life – Spice Girls
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Someone Like You – Adele
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney
Man I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain
Finally - Cece Peniston
Get The Party Started – Pink/Shirley Bassey
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
Stop In The Name Of Love – The Supremes
Blame It On The Boogie – Jackson 5
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
ABC – Jackson 5
Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas
Jimmy Mack - Martha and the Vandellas
Needle In A Haystack – The Velvelettes
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
River Deep Mountain High – Tina Turner
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes
I Feel Good – James Brown
Get Ready – The Temptations
Love Train – O’ Jays
Dancing In The Street – Martha and the Vandellas
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Fast version
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
From This Moment On – Shania Twain
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Close To You – Carpenters
We’ve Only Just Begun – Carpenters
You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Power of Love – Celine Dion
Your Song – Elton John
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
A Million Love Songs – Take That
The Rose – Bette Midler
At Last – Etta James
Third Finger Left Hand – The Pearls
Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
Fever – Peggy Lee
Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis
Get Happy – Zoe Birkett
Why Do Fools Fall In Love – Diana Ross
Lipstick On Your Collar – Connie Francis
Dream A Little Dream – Doris Day
Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
I Only Wanna Be With You – Dusty Springfield
Shoop Shoop Song – Cher
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
My Guy – Mary Wells
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
Boots Were Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra
Pearls A Singer – Elkie Brooks
Downtown – Petula Clark
Bobby’s Girl – Susan Maughan
You’re My World – Cilla Black
Da Do Ron Ron – The Crystals
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Shout - Lulu
Top of the World – Carpenters
Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
Gimme Gimme Gimme – Abba
Mamma Mia – Abba
Dancing Queen – Abba
Waterloo - Abba
Super Trouper - Abba
Take A Chance On Me - Abba
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Black Velvet – Alannah Miles
Piece of My Heart – Beverley Knight
Stuck In The Middle – Steelers Wheel
I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Heart of Glass – Blondie
Flashdance (What A Feeling)
Simply The Best – Tina Turner
The Locomotion – Kylie Minogue
Movin On Up – M People
Breathless – The Corrs
How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
Black Magic - Little Mix
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Cabaret – Cabaret
Puttin On The Ritz – Top Hat
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
Lady Is A Tramp – Babes In Arms
Hopelessly Devoted To You - Grease
All That Jazz – Chicago
Don’t Rain On My Parade – Funny Girl
Maybe This Time – Cabaret
Somebody To Love - We Will Rock You
Holding Out For A Hero – Footloose
Oh What A Night – Jersey Boys
Beauty and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast
Part of your World – The Little Mermaid
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Cinderella
Let It Go – Frozen
I See The Light – Tangled
Colours of the Wind – Pocahontas
You Got A Friend In Me – Toy Story
That’s How You Know - Enchanted
Sing Sing Sing
Mr Sandman
My Boy Lollipop
Do You Wanna Dance
Rock Around The Clock
Johnny Be Goode
In The Mood
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree
Let There Be Love
Get Happy
Accentuate the Positive
Pack Up Your Troubles
It’s A Long Way to Tipperary
We’ll Meet Again
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I can perform a wide variety of songs and styles, and will adjust my singing style to reflect this. I always try to choose songs that I think the majority of the audience/guests will know, which guarantees I will have people singing and dancing along. I am friendly and approachable, and will always try and make your event as special as possible.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in a wide variety of venues over the years, including hotels, pubs and clubs, outdoor festivals. Some notable places include: P&O Azura Cruise Ship Southampton Pride Event Best Western Lancashire Manor Hotel Mottram Hall, Cheshire Bolton Castle New Dock Hall, Leeds Capri @ The Vine Restaurant, Wakefield Ossett Town Hall UK Cruise Awards

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My two main influences are Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. I think their voices are incredible and the emotion they can invoke through song is amazing.

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

The UK Cruise Awards was quite a high profile gig as it was a big annual event, and the venue was the Roundhouse Theatre in London which was amazing. I've also performed at the Dominion Theatre in London for a charity event, where I got to sing backing vocals for Michael Ball. I have also done a private performance (with others) for Gary Barlow.

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

I will always try my best to be flexible with timings to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If any of the timings need to change before the event, just get in touch and we can discuss this in detail.

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

I can absolutely provide an Ipod/DJ service before and between my sets at no extra charge. I can try and cater this to fit in with your theme or can play a general mix of music - obviously this can be discussed further. I can also offer this service after my final set up until the venue closes, but this will incur an extra charge.

How much time do you need to set up?

I will obviously need to be set up before any guests arrive, and I like to have at least 45 minutes to do this and have a thorough soundcheck. This means I will usually arrive around 1 hour/1.25 hours before the guests are due to arrive, so I have plenty of time. Once I am set up, I can put on a playlist to start creating an atmosphere for people arriving.

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

My set lists have been created over many years of gigging and seeing what audiences react to best, and I always try to include songs I think everyone will know. I am of course happy to chat through any set lists and make changes where needed, and of course will try to include your favourite songs.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes of course! I bring a full PA system and microphone, and all my music is played through a laptop/iPad.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in the standard set list sent to you, there is still a good chance that I will know it, so please always ask. If there are any specific songs you would like me to learn, I am happy to learn up to 3 free of charge (providing I have enough notice before the event to do so), any more than this will incur an extra charge.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£125
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£500
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This can include music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. For music during the signing of the register only, the price would be less and can be discussed on booking.
£150
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 30 mins each during your drinks reception
£200
New Year's Eve Performance
2 x 45 minute sets on New Years Eve. This includes the countdown to NYE followed by Auld Lang Syne. You can add another 30 minute set for after midnight at an additional cost.
£500
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 30 min performances at the drinks reception. - 1 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
£600
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner + Evening Party Set
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 30 min performances at the drinks reception. - 1 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served. - 1 x 45 min performance during the evening.
£900
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner + Evening Party Set + DJ/Ipod Playlist
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 30 min performances at the drinks reception. - 1 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served. - 1 x 45 min performance during the evening. - Playlist played on Ipod after final set for up to 1 hour (can do longer for extra charge)
£1000

Add-ons

Extra songs (more than 3)
+£37.50
Ipod/DJ Post Show
+£100

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Vikki P, 1 month ago

The singing performance we had from Katy was an out of this world personalised appearance, her singing and presence was outstanding, beautiful and professional. She lit up the room from the beginning to end and her singing created memories that we as a family will treasure forever. Her communication before the event was spot on and she made sure she knew all requirements prior to booking confirmation which meant a stress free experience.

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Christine D, 2 years ago

Katy has performed here at the Beacon a number of times always found Katy very friendly and an excellent entertainer she engages very well with her audience there's no doubt we would book Katy again.

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