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About Stephen Michaels

Outstanding singer/guitarist. Stephen has been BBC Radio 2 playlisted & performed at Latitude, Cornbury, Kendal Calling & SXSW festivals.
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Hi! I'm a highly experienced solo acoustic singer.  I've toured all over the UK and performed in Spain, France, Italy and America. I've been playlisted by BBC Radio 2 & BBC6 Music and performed at prestigious festivals such as Latitude, Cornbury, Kendal Calling and SXSW in Austin, Texas. I've also recorded in Nashville many times. I've performed at countless weddings, private parties and corporate events in the UK and overseas. I have well over 10+ years experience and you will hear it in the quality of my live vocal. Book with confidence that you'll be booking the highest standard of live performer. Please read some of my reviews from other Encore clients. You won’t be disappointed! I pride myself on being very professional and very friendly. My priority is always making sure you have a good time and that I help make your occasion as special as possible. Please give my videos a watch by clicking play on my profile picture. I have a wide repertoire of songs and I'm versatile.  I guarantee to impress your guests and get them dancing with upbeat music or relax them with chilled mid-temp songs (depending on what it is you need!). I'm happy to travel and have my own fully PAT tested equipment. Looking forward to hearing from you – just click “Send message” to get in touch! Thanks for your time and hopefully see you soon for some great live music. Stephen :)

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Musicianship
Genres:
Acoustic, Christmas, Pop, Ambient pop, Covers, Top 40, Tribute, Soul, Motown, Disco, R&B, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Traditional Irish folk, Britpop, Indie, Pop rock, Contemporary Christian
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, New Year's Eve, Christmas party, Birthday party, Recording session
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Lyricist, Actor, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

WEDDINGS / DRINKS RECEPTIONS:
Adore You - Harry Styles
All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
All Of Me - John Legend
Amazed - Lonestar
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Come Together - The Beatles
Cupid - Sam Cooke
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Diamonds - Rihanna
Dreaming Of You - The Coral
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Fields Of Gold - Eva Cassidy
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Here, There and Everywhere - The Beatles
Hey There Delilah - Plain White Tees
Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
How Long Will I Love You? - Ellie Goulding
I Feel Fine - The Beatles
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I Just Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
Is This Love - Bob Marley
I Wanna Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
It Must Be Love - Madness
I’m A Believer - The Monkees
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Just you & I - Tom Walker
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Last Request - Paulo Nutini
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Let Me Love You - Justin Bieber
Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
Marry You - Bruno Mars
My Girl - Temptations
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
Shape Of You - Ed Sheehan
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Stand By Me - Ben E King
Sweet Child Of Mine - Guns N Roses
The Blowers Daughter - Damien Rice
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Teenage Kicks - Undertones
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
Yellow - Coldplay
You Are The Best Thing - Ray Lamontagne
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Yellow - Coldplay
(What A) Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
Wonderwall - Oasis
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
UPBEAT / PARTY:
500 Miles - The Proclaimers
A Little Respect - Erasure / Wheatus
All The Small Things - Blink 182
Adore You - Harry Styles
American Pie - Don McLean
Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Blame It On Me - George Ezra
Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
California Dreaming - Mamas & The Papas
Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Chandelier - SIA
Come Together - The Beatle
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
(Take Me Home) Country Roads - John Denver
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Dakota - Stereophonics
Dance Monkey - Tonnes & I
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Dreaming Of You - The Coral
Everywhere - Fleetwood Mac
Everybody’s Changing - Keane
Feel It Still - Portugal The Man
Firestones - Kygo
Get Back - Beatles
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Get Ready - The Temptations
Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Happy - Pharrell
Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Help! - The Beatles
Hound Dog - Elvis
Hotel California - The Eagles
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
I Wanna Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
In The Morning - Razorlight
Jolene - Dolly Parton
King - Years & Years
Let Me Love You - Justin Bieber
Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Losing my Religion - REM
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Mrs Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
Mustang Sally - Wilson Picket
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da - The Beatles
Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
Rather Be - Clean bandit
RESPECT - Aretha Franklin
Riptide - Vance Joy
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
She’s Electric – Oasis
Shotgun - George Ezra
Shut Up and Dance - Walk The Moon
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Sit Down - James
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Stuck in The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
Summer Of ’69 - Bryan Adams
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Suspicious Minds - Elvis
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Sweet Child Of Mine - Guns N Roses
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Titanium - David Guetta
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
Twisting The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Twist & Shout - The Beatles
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Wake Me Up – Avicii
Waves - Mr Probz
Weather With You - Crowded House
You Can’t Hurry Love - The Supremes
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have a unique and soulful voice that stands out and I'm really great with audiences. I can either captivate them in an intimate setting (such as a wedding ceremony) or I can get them dancing and having fun. I'm a people person and it comes out in my performance! This is what so many of my clients have booked me for and I've never let anyone down.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've toured the UK in theatres as a solo artist as well as in America. I've played UK festivals such as Kendal Calling, Latitude and Cornbury Festival and also SXSW in Austin, Texas. I've played in every kind of imaginable size of venue and my experience is vast.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Paul Nutini , Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Coldplay, Oasis, Damien Rice, Bruno Mars, Bill Withers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones.

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

Chester Rocks festival in front of 10,000 people.

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

I always try my best to be flexible and if your timings change just let me know and I'm sure we can work it out! :)

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

Yes, I can provide an appropriate playlist of background music to be played in between my sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

40 minutes

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

Yes, you can choose songs from the Songlist section in my profile. Once we've confirmed a booking, you can send me your list of what you'd like me to include form that list. Also, for wedding bookings I will be able to learn and play 1 song request of your choice to make your special day even more special!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I bring all my own fully PAT Tested equipment.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I can. Let me know what you want for your event and I can work that into my pricing. For weddings, I have it as standard practice to always offer to learn a song request of the happy couple's choosing beforehand. If you require more than my standard 1 song request for wedding ceremonies / receptions, there would be a small additional charge.

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£400
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£800
Packages
Wedding ceremony + 2 hours Drinks Reception & 1 song request
Includes music during ceremony and 1 song of your choice. Also includes 2 hours of music at your drinks reception.
£750

Add-ons

3 Songs Requests
+£150
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Sarah C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

WOW!!!!! Words cannot express how fantastic Stephen was and what a buzz he brought to our wedding day! We hired Stephen to play during our wedding ceremony and our drinks reception, we mentioned to him that we wanted our drinks reception to be relaxed and fun, he certainly did not disappoint. The whole place was jumping…. And singing. We had so many comments on how amazing he was and what a lovely voice and amazing talent he has. He was simply incredible and we would recommend all day long! We can’t wait for the next opportunity to book him again! Thank you Stephen! Sarah & Paul 😁

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Peter K
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Stephen did an amazing job surprising my girlfriend during the day when I proposed to her. I had the idea of a singer joining us in a cable car across the Thames in London, and then serenading us as we crossed, and he turned it into reality perfectly. Not only was his singing and guitar playing brilliant, with exactly the right energy for the occasion, his acting to get into the cable car without making my girlfriend suspicious and his spontaneous adaptation/mixing of songs to match the moment was really impressive. And he was so easy to communicate with about the idea and very friendly and professional, making something that was logistically challenging stress-free for me. It was a real highlight of our day!

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Sue B
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

I am so glad I booked Stephen Michaels to sing for my mum on her birthday. He was so friendly and professional to deal with and his voice was superb. It was a really special treat for my mum and she was delighted. I would wholeheartedly recommend Stephen to anyone thinking of booking a professional singer to sing at a small or a large gathering. He was superb. It would be such a good idea to book him to sing to someone on their own during lockdown. It would really brighten their day.

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Alisha
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Stephen was amazing! He has a very unique soulful voice. Stephen can sing a wide mix of modern and old songs and keep the crowd dancing. I would highly recommend Stephen again. Thanks Stephen it was lovely meeting you too

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Matt P
1 year ago, for a Wedding in 53 Park Ln
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5 out of 5

After hours (and I mean hours) of searching for a performer/artist for our wedding, I found Stephen. Immediately, his acoustic style and energy enticed me. After several email exchanges (because for me, it's important someone wants the job), it was clear Stephen was the individual for our wedding. The brief I gave Stephen (via a Zoom call) was that I wanted someone who could give energy to its audience and keep people dancing. It's worth noting, we were a small wedding of 20 people; however, the venue itself was equally intimate. Ok, let me get to the point, Stephen is epic! End of, no debate! A hugely personable individual, who's desire is to satisfy and entertain his clients and audience. Everyone, and I mean everyone, raved about his performance as we danced during his entire set. A terrific artist and performer who I will categorically book again. And, so should you...

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Bianca M
1 year ago, for a Wedding in Church Ln
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5 out of 5

When we first saw Stephen we knew straight away he was perfect for what we wanted! He sung beautifully at our church ceremony and then throughout our whole wedding breakfast and had the whole crowd singing along and chanting. He made the wedding breakfast so much fun and had the crowd ready for the evening to party! We would highly recommend and we are so thankful we came across him 😃

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