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Rick Taylor

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Professional Pop/Rock Singer Guitarist and DJ available for hire
Singing guitarist
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Hi, I am a Professional Vocalist, Guitarist and DJ with 20 Years experience performing at Weddings, Birthdays and corporate events. My main aim at any show is to keep the crowd on their feet dancing and singing along with songs ranging from current crowd pleaser`s Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Jesse Glynn, Zayn to classic favourite`s by Coldplay, Oasis, The Killers, Queen, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, George Micheal, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Kylie, Madonna, Arctic Monkeys, Michael Buble and Take That. I am always willing to learn a new song for a show at your request. I do also like to discuss the set with clients before hand to ensure the right songs are chosen and the right tone is set for your event. For your event I am also able to DJ and/or provide a Karaoke service for your guests if required, using pro digital lighting. Equipment I use all professional top of the range lighting and PA at my shows to ensure optimal sound and spectacular visual effects using digital lighting.

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25 gigs
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Pop rock, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk rock, Rock, Britpop, Indie, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Disco, Funk, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Christmas
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Producer, Songwriter, Ableton Live
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Rick's Song list

Top Requests
The Killers - Mr Brightside/Human
Oasis - Wonderwall/Don't look back in anger
Rag And Bone Man - Human
Queen - Somebody To Love/Dont Stop Me Now
Journey - Dont Stop Believin
Spandau Ballet - Gold
Wham - Wake Me Up Before you go-go
Frank Sinatra - My Way, New York, New York
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Ed Sheeran -Thinking Out Loud/Perfect
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
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Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Aviicii - Hey Brother
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk/Just The Way You Are
Charlie Puth - Marvin Gaye
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits/Shivers/Castle On The Hill/Shape Of You/I Dont Care
Elvis Presley - A Little Less Conversation
Elle King - Exs And Ohs
Eminem - Lose Yourself
George Ezra - Shotgun
Girls Aloud - Call the Shots
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight
Justin Beiber/Ed Sheeran - I Dont Care
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling
Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts/Better The Devil You Know/Cant Get You Out Of My Head
Lorde - Royals
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Neiked - Sexual
Olly Murs - You Dont Know Love
Rhianna - Umbrella/Diamonds
Rita Ora - Anywhere
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You/Supreme
Robin Thicke/Pharrell - Blurred Lines
Scissor Sisters - Take your Mama
Take That - Shine/Greatest Day
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
Love Songs
David Gray - Babylon/Dead In The Water/Sail Away
Ed Sheeran -Thinking Out Loud/The A Team/Perfect
Elton John - Your Song
Faith Hill - This Kiss
Glen Hansard - Lies/Falling Slowly
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Jess Glynn -Hold My Hand
Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper - The Shallows
Michael Buble - Everything/Havent Met You Yet
Niall Horan – Slow Hands
Robbie Williams - Angels
Shania Twain – From This Moment
Solomon Burke - Cry To Me (Dirty Dancing)
The Cranberries - Linger
The Fugees - Killing Me Softly
Tom Walker - Better Half Of Me
U2 - With Or Without You
Aerosmith - Pink
Arctic Monkeys -Fluorescent Adolescent/Snap Out Of It/Do I Wanna Know
Blur - Parklife/Country House
Cast - Guiding Star
Catfish And The Bottlemen - 7/Outside
Coldplay -Viva La Vida/Yellow/Hymn For The Weekend/The Scientist/In My Place/The Hardest Part
Del Amitri - Roll To Me
Elbow - One Day Like This/Golden Slumbers
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Gerry Cinnamon - Belter
The Killers - Mr Brightside/Read My Mind/Smile Like You Mean It/All These Things That I Have Done/Human
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody/Sex On Fire
The Kooks - She Moves In Her Own Way
Liam Gallagher - Once
Morrissey -  First Of The Gang/Let Me Kiss You/Back In The Chain Gang
Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man/I Will Wait
Oasis - Wonderwall/Don't look back in anger/Half The World
Away/Live Forever/Champagne Supernova
Ocean Colour Scene - The Day We Caught The Train
Pulp - Disco 2000/Common People
Queens Of The Stone Age - No One knows
Radiohead - Creep/The Bends
Rag And Bone Man - Human
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - By The Way/Californication
Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter/Jumpin Jack Flash
Shed Seven - She Left Me On Friday/Better Days/On Standby/Its Getting Better
Snow Patrol - Run
Stereophonics - Dakota
The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling
The Charlatans - North Country Boy/One To Another
The Coral - Dreaming Of You
The Libertines - Dont Look Back Into The Sun/Cant Stand Me Now
The Seahorses - Love Me And Leave Me/Blinded By The Sun/You Can Talk To Me
The Smiths - Panic/There Is A Light
The Strokes - Last Night/Someday/Right At The Door
The Verve - Lucky Man/Bittersweet Symphony
The Zutons - Valerie/You Will You Wont/Tired Of Hanging Around
Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
80s Classics
AHA - Take On Me
Bryan Adams - Summer 69
Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round
Erasure - A Little Respect
Fergal Sharkey - A Good Heart
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
George Michael - Faith
Go West - King Of Wishful Thinking
The Human League - Together In Electric Dreams
John Denver - Take Me Home Country Roads
Journey - Dont Stop Believin
Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
Madonna - Borderline/Express Yourself/Like A Virgin
Michael Jackson - Beat It/Billie Jean/Man In The Mirror/The Way You Make Me Feel
Queen - Somebody To Love/Dont Stop Me Now
Simple Minds - Dont You Forget About Me
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Spandau Ballet - Gold
Talking Heads - Psychokiller
They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in your soul
Tiffany - I Think We`re Alone Now
The Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon
Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
Wham - Wake Me Up Before you go-go
Yazoo - Only You
Classics Hits
Ben E King - Stand By Me
Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
Bob Dylan - It Aint Me Babe/Knockin On Heavens Door
Bruce Springsteen - Dancing In The Dark
Coolio - Gangstas Paradise
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes/Space Oddity/Modern Love/Moonage Daydream/Ziggy Stardust
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5/Jolene
Elton John - I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues/Im Still Standing/Your Song
Jackson 5 - Blame It On The Boogie/Can You Feel It
Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling
Frank Sinatra - My Way, New York, New York
The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
Mamas And Papas - California Dreamin
Marvin Gaye - I heard It On he Grapevine
Michael Jackson - Black Or White
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
REM - Losing My Religion
Rod Stewart - Maggie May/First cut is the deepest/I Dont Wanna Talk About/Have I Told You Lately
Roy Orbison - You Got It/I drove All Night
The Beatles -  All My Loving/Hold Me Tight/Money
The Eagles - Hotel California
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything
The Temptations - My Girl
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Xmas Classics
Band Aid - Do They Know Its Christmas Time
Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
Coldplay - Christmas Lights
Elton John - Step Into Christmas
George Michael - Last Christmas
Jon Bon Jovi - Please Come Home For Christmas
John Lewis Ads - Golden Slumbers/Half The World Away/Real Love
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Xmas
Michael Buble - Baby Its Cold Outside
The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Xmas
Customer questions

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

I always try my 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.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service after the final set until the venue closes, I can also provide this at £75 per hour.

How much time do you need to set up?

45 mins - 1 hour set up time. Depending on how much lighting i will be using.

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

Yes of course.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes i bring all equipment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Please request this at the time of booking and if i feel i can do the song justice, I will.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have been told by past clients that they really enjoy my singing style and song choices which are a mixture of dancefloor classics and modern Pop/Rock hits. I always get comments on the quality of the sound and lighting. At my shows I use a top of the range Bose PA as well as digital lighting including lasers on request.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As a performer of 25 years i have have been fortunate to play all over the world as a solo performer and part of a band. Countries i have played, UK, Germany, France, Italy, America and Thailand.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I am influenced by a wide range of music from the 60s to present day. I love guitar music mainly, but i am also partial to a touch of classical.

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

Most high profile gig was playing at the O2 wireless festival in 2007. We shared the bill with The White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Calvin Harris and Plan B.

Rick's 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)£200
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£420
Up to 3 hours£500
Premium DJ Package
This includes full size pro DJ Booth and digital lighting experience including laser effects. 2 x 45 min live sets


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From Encore customers:

Dan C
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Rick was absolutely amazing at our engagement party! He is an incredibly talented musician and everyone who came loved the music that he was playing! He is also an absolutely top bloke and made the effort to chat to us and some of our guest during his breaks, would 100% recommend!

Amelia H
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Rick was an absolute super star for our party. In advance of it we discussed his huge set list for the songs to include. He was so easy to communicate with at all times. On the evening he was so flexible in terms of timings, songs to suit the mood and even let my son accompany him on guitar. Rick massively over delivered for us and we couldn’t recommend more highly for your event.

Reply from Rick
6 months ago

Thanks for your kind words. Is was my absolute plesure! It was lovely to meet you and look forward to seeing you again in the future!

Laura W
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Rick was fabulous! Thank you so much for such a fun night!

Dennise M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Exceeded expectations - he was absolutely brilliant. Top, top bloke. Brilliant singer - absolutely amazing. So accommodating, so helpful, even learnt a special song for us !! Can't praise this guy enough - would definitely recommend him & 100% book him again. Absolutely loved every second of it.

Reply from Rick
1 year ago

Thanks Dennise for your kind words. It was great to be a part of your special day. I wish you and Lee health and happiness. X

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From other customers:

Nicole R
1 year ago, for a Wedding in 66 W Smithfield
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5 out of 5

Fortunately we have known Rick for several years so he was the first person we thought of to DJ our wedding party because he has excellent taste in music. He gave us the freedom to request the songs and genres we wanted played and he tailored his set to accommodate our taste. Myself and my husband are big fans of metal music so we were pleased Rick managed to fit in a couple of the essential metal songs that we wanted at the perfect time in the evening. Ourselves and our guests absolutely loved dancing to the music Rick played, there were several bangers we had not heard in years that were really fun to sing and dance along to. We would recommend Rick as a DJ for any party, you will not be disappointed!

David N
2 years ago, for a Wedding in Chelsea Harbour
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5 out of 5

Me and Philippa couldn’t have asked for more when booking Rick for our wedding, ease of booking, fantastic performance, and just such a nice guy! From the first email conversation we had, Rick was perfect, he was so flexible with all the elements we had regarding our wedding, with it being on a boat he was more than happy to set up early and adjust his equipment to fit our needs. As for the night itself, he interacted with our wedding party with such ease and everyone had the best time during his sets, great voice and the atmosphere was exactly what we had in mind. Already the best day of our life’s made even better by having Rick as our entertainment! Thank you again Rick.

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