Singing pianist

Sam Burkey

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Singing pianist
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10+ years experience as a Piano Vocalist. Has sung on backing vocals for artists such as Adele and Goldfrapp.

Sam Burkey has 10+ years of working as Piano Vocalist throughout the UK and Europe – performing at many Corporate events. As a vocalist he has recorded backing vocals for acts like Adele, Goldfrapp, Keith Urban and Haley Westenra as well as singing on Movie Soundtracks such as Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby and recent blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Sam is currently gigging at venues across London and the South-East, including a residency at The Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire. His repertoire is everything from Jazz Standards through to artists like Elton John and The Beatles, all the way to more contemporary artists like Ed Sheeran and John Legend.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Christmas, 1940s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1920s era music, Jazz, Swing, Pop, Ambient pop, Covers, Soul, Rock, Britpop, Alternative rock, Indie, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event
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Song list

Jazz Standards
Ain't that a kick in the head
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Ain't Misbehavin'
All the Things you are
Almost like being in love
Angel Eyes
Autumn Leaves
Beyond the Sea
Blue Moon
Cheek to Cheek
Don't get around much anymore
I get a kick out of you
It had to be you
I've got you under my skin
Let's call the whole thing off
Mr. Bojangles
My Funny Valentine
Night and Day
On the street where you live
One for my baby
Smoke gets in your eyes
That's Life
The Good Life
The Lady is a Tramp
The way you look tonight
What a wonderful world
When I fall in Love
You make me feel so young
Classic Songs
Elton John: Your Song,Blue Eyes, I guess that's why they call it the Blues, Rocket Man, Bennie and the Jets, Don't let the sun go down on me, Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer
Billy Joel: Piano Man, My Life, Just the way you are, My Life, Uptown Girl
Stevie Wonder: I wish, Signed Sealed Delivered, Superstition
The Beatles: Ticket to Ride, I Saw her Standing There, Hey Jude, Let it Be, Yesterday
The Kinks: Lola, Waterloo Sunset, Sunny Afternoon
The Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar, Satisfaction, Jumpin' Jack Flash
Queen: Don't Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Lionel Ritchie: All night long, Still, Hello, Stuck on You, Easy
Bryan Adams: Summer of 69
Robert Palmer: Addicted to Love
Take That: Back for Good, Patience
The Foundations: Build me up Buttercup
Andy Williams: Can't take my eyes off you
Abba: Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia
Journey: Don't stop Believing
Fleetwood Mac - You make loving fun, Dreams
Sting: Fields of Gold
Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline, I am I said, Hello Again, Love on the Rocks,
Play Me
David Bowie: Star Man, Changes, Ziggy Stardust
Foo Fighters: Learn to Fly
Kings of Leon: Sex on Fire, Use Somebody
The Killers: Mr.Brightside, All the things that I've done, Smile like you mean it
GreenDay: Good Riddance (The Time of your life)
Oasis: Wonderwall, Don't look back in anger, Champagne Supernova, She's Electric
Coldplay: Clocks, Yellow, The Scientist, Fix You, Paradise, Viva la vida, Speed of Sound, Something Just Like This
Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars, Run, Chocolate
Wheetus: Teenage Dirtbag
Blink 182: All the Small Things
Justin Timberlake: Can't Stop the Feeling
Senorita: Shawn Mendes
Mabel: Don't Call Me Up
Bruno Mars: Treasure, Locked out of Heaven, Uptown Funk
Jason Mraz: I'm Yours
Ed Sheeran: Thinking out Loud, Castle on The Hill, Shape of You
George Ezra: Budapest, Blame it on me
James Bay: Hold back the river
The Lumineers: Ho Hey
Passenger: Let her go
John Legend: Ordinary People, All of Me
Maroon 5: Moves like Jagger
One Republic: Stop and Stare,
Amy Winehouse: Valerie
CeeLo Green: Forget you
Daft Punk: Get Lucky
Pharrell Williams: Happy
Michael Buble: I just haven't met you yet, Everything, Home
Justin Bieber: Sorry, Love Yourself
Jason Derulo - It Girl
Bruce Springsteen: Santa Claus is coming to town
Dean Martin: Winter Wonderland
Dean Martin: Let it Snow
Frank Sinatra: Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Nat King Cole: The Christmas song
Shakin' Stevens: Merry Christmas Everyone
Brenda Lee: Rocking around the Christmas tree
Chris Rea: Driving home for Christmas
Wizzard: Wish it could be Christmas everyday
The Pogues: Fairytale of New York
George Michael: Last Christmas
Various: Feed the World


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Chiara B, 5 days ago

Halfway to New York played at our wedding and were fantastic. Sam is very energetic and has a great voice - our guests loved the songs and wanted to dance the night away! Sam is also really friendly and was also very responsive in the run up to the wedding, which was a great comfort as we had a few quetions. Would definitely recommend them!!

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Hilary M, 1 month ago

Dear Sam, and the whole Halfway To New York band, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such an incredible evening on Friday. I honestly can’t put into words just how amazing you were, you literally made my evening. I have been to many 18ths, 21st and black tie events and enjoyed bands, but you surpassed them all. The playlist of songs was perfect, the music was outstanding, and your voice was simply phenomenal. Your energy and enthusiasm was unparalleled. We were thrilled with the saxophonist, and loved dancing with him on the dance floor. Everyone was dancing, and I genuinely had the best night of my life. I didn’t want to leave the dance floor. You guys have a big future ahead of you! All the guests were raving about you, and commented that you were exceptional. Thank you again for such an unforgettable evening. I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life. Please extend my thanks to the rest of the band.

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Nicola L, 1 month ago

It went really well and the bride and groom were over the moon!

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Joel V, 3 months ago

Halfway to New York were utmost professionals from out the outset, right up until the last note on our wedding day. Sam was quick to get in touch, and forthcoming in letting us suggest songs, and even learnt our first dance specially! On the day, they were punctual, friendly and easy-going, and were also very flexible. They kept the dance floor full with their flawlessly performed music through the ages, and the energy and skill in which all four played was talked about long into the next day. I couldn't recommend Halfway to New York enough. Thanks Sam and the gang!

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Shayleigh R, 1 month ago

Thank you for a great night! It was definitely a lot of fun. Everyone loved you guys and you put on a great show.

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David B, 2 months ago

Sam and Halfway to New York exceeded all our expectations and helped make our wedding day extra special! They were a dream to work with for our destination wedding in Greece. From our initial phone call and throughout the entire process leading up to the big day, they were super responsive, professional and helpful (and fun!). Sam’s voice is unparalleled and all the band members are very talented musicians and performers. We used them for an acoustic set during our ceremony, DJ services during cocktail hour, as MC throughout the evening, and then the 6-piece band for dancing. At our request, they learned several new songs ahead of time for our ceremony and first dances. Each part was executed perfectly and exactly as we imagined. They were incredible in terms of set lists and interacting with our friends and family. All our guests were up on their feet dancing the entire night! We had so many guests come up to us afterwards and ask how we were able to find such an incredible band. Also worth noting that we had some last minute timing changes due to weather and they were incredibly flexible and helpful! We wish we had some other big event to throw just so we could hire these guys again!

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