Pianist

Steven Reid Williams

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Pianist
Oxford
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Pianist for some of UK's biggest stars! Sophisticated background music or the life and soul of the party; done with class, style and warmth.

Hi folks... Playing piano and singing is my life's work. I take my job very seriously whilst having as much fun as I can in the process! I've been lucky enough to play at the highest levels of the music industry, but it's the private events and solo gigs that I really enjoy doing. I take a lot of pride in my reputation as a top pianist and singer but I'm also very keen to make sure that I maintain a reputation for having good relationships with my clients. Music is a very personal thing and it doesn't work as well unless you connect with your clients and the audience. Hire me and I'll do my very best to make sure your event is as special and memorable as possible! I hope to play for you soon! Steve 'As a piano player, guitarist and singer, the diversity of Steve’s musical output has been wide and varied. Over the years Steve has been drafted in to play keyboards for several artists including Jamelia, Leo Sayer, Mel C, Paul Young, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Rebecca Ferguson, Corey Hart, The Overtones, Lulu, Tulisa, Nadine Coyle and many others. As well as being a recording artist and a regular on the session scene, Steve takes great pride in his role as the gentleman of the piano bars! You can often find him on a Saturday night surrounded by groups of enthusiastic partiers!' “I first saw Steven at a bar in Cheltenham, then met him properly at a wedding I was running back in 2013. Since then I've booked him regularly and at every opportunity; from a Sunday piano session, to a weekend night of amazing covers, several weddings, a dinner party and a Friday night bar shake up! Steven can work a crowd, command a room or play background music. To top it off his voice is incredible. He is the best pianist and vocalist I have ever had the pleasure of working with. If you are remotely in doubt, pop on his website or see him play on a night. Five stars, a sheer talent, and there isn't anyone better.” - L.M Duffy, Events Coordinator

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Funk, R&B, Motown, Vintage, Soul, Americana, Funk rock, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Swing, Christmas, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Country, Folk, Rock, Classic rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Reggae, Latin, Ambient, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, 1970s era music, 1940s era music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Sound technician, Songwriter, Producer, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Ableton Live
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Song list

Pop
Shut up and dance - Walk the Moon
Lady Luck - Jamie Woon
Hold on we're going home - Drake
Black and gold - Sam Sparro
Budapest - George Ezra
Love yourself - Justin Bieber
Senorita - Justin Timberlake
Get lucky - Daft Punk
Closer - Ne-yo
Shape of you - Ed Sheeran
I need dollar - Aloe Blacc
Nobody to love - Sigma
Red alert - Basement Jaxx
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Don’t you worry child - Swedish House Mafia
Feel so close - Calvin Harris
Wake me up - Aloe Blacc
Billionaire - Bruno Mars
Too close - Alex Clare
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
I want it that way - Backstreet Boys
Pop/Rock
Smooth - Santana
Best fake smile - James Bay
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Fix you - Coldplay
Viva la vida - Coldplay
Fast car - Tracy Chapman
Talking ‘bout a revolution - Tracey Chapman
Chasing cars - Snow Patrol
Use somebody - Kings of Leon
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Champagne supernova - Oasis
Don’t look back in anger - Oasis
Wonderwall - Oasis
Stuck in the middle - Stealers Wheel
Drops of Jupiter - Train
Free Fallin’ - Tom Petty
I'm on fire - Bruce Springsteen
Dancing in the dark - Bruce Springsteen
Pop Ballads
When you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating
To make you feel my love - Adele
Thousand miles - Vanessa Carlton
Everything - Michael Buble
Ordinary people - John Legend
Empire State of mind - Alicia Keys
Stay with me - Sam Smith
The A team - Ed Sheeran
Thinking out loud - Ed Sheeran
Latch - Sam Smith
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
Easy - Lionel Richie
Back for good - Take That
Get here - Oleta Adams
Jessie - Joshua Kadison
Elton John
Tiny dancer - Elton John
Your song - Elton John
I’m still standing - Elton John
Rocket man - Elton John
I guess that’s why they call it the blues - Elton John
Saturday night’s alright for fighting - Elton John
Don’t let the sun go down on me - Elton John
Candle in the wind - Elton John
Crocodile rock - Elton John
Billy Joel
My life - Billy Joel
Piano man - Billy Joel
Honesty - Billy Joel
She’s always a woman to me - Billy Joel
Uptown girl - Billy Joel
New York state of mind - Billy Joel
Soul/Motown/RnB
No diggity - Blackstreet
Teardrops - Womack and Womack
Master blaster - Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Higher ground - Stevie Wonder
Signed sealed delivered - Stevie Wonder
Lately - Stevie Wonder
Higher and higher - Jackie Wilson
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
Ain't no sunshine - Bill Withers
Just the two of us - Bill Withers
Lovely day - Bill Withers
Use me up - Bill Withers
Lean on me - Bill Withers
Soul man - Sam and Dave
Ain’t no stopping us now - McFadden and Whitehead
Harvest for the world - The Isley Brothers
Midnight hour - Wilson Pickett
Heard it through the grapevine - Marvin Gaye
My girl - The Temptations
6-3-4-5-7-8-9 - Wilson Pickett
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Dock of the bay - Otis Redding
I got a woman - Ray Charles
Georgia - Ray Charles
Mess around - Ray Charles
Hit the road Jack - Ray Charles
Hallelujah I love her so - Ray Charles
Shake a tailfeather - Ray Charles
At last - Etta James
Cry to me - Solomon Burke
This is a man’s world - James Brown
Let’s stay together - Al Green
You send me - Sam Cooke
Cupid - Sam Cooke
Wonderful world - Sam Cooke
Change gonna come - Sam Cooke
Twistin’ the night away - Sam Cooke
Reggae
Three little birds/One love - Bob Marley
Buffalo soldier - Bob Marley
No woman no cry - Bob Marley
Could you be loved - Bob Marley
Red red wine - UB40
I’ll be your baby tonight - Robert Palmer and UB40
It must be love - Madness
Country
Take it easy - The Eagles
Hotel California - The Eagles
Peaceful easy feeling - The Eagles
Desperado - The Eagles
Tennessee whiskey - Chris Stapleton
Jolene - Dolly Parton
9 til 5 - Dolly Parton
Country love song - Sam Outlaw
Ring of fire - Johnny Cash
Sweet baby James - James Taylor
Wichita lineman - Glen Campbell
Jazz/Swing
Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra
Feeling good - Nina Simone
My baby just cares for me - Nina Simone
Let there be love - Nat King Cole
Let the good times roll - Louis Jordan
Flip, flop and fly - Joe Turner
Bare necessities - The Jungle Book
Caledonia - Louis Jordan
Don’t get around much anymore - Duke Ellington
The way you look tonight - Fred Astaire
Recipe for making love - Harry Connick Jnr
My idea - Harry Connick Jnr
Didn’t he ramble - Harry Connick Jnr
60s/70s
Twist and shout - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
All you need is love - The Beatles
Build me up buttercup - the Foundations
Can't take my eyes off of you - Frankie Valli
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow - Fleetwood Mac
You can go your own way - Fleetwood Mac
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
Moondance - Van Morrison
Breakfast in America - Supertramp
Come together - The Beatles
80s
Against all odds - Phil Collins
Easy lover- Phil Collins
Everybody wants to rule the world - Tears for Fears
You can call me Al - Paul Simon
The way you make me feel - Michael Jackson
Don’t stop believing - Journey
All night long - Lionel Richie
Ain’t nobody - Chaka khan
Faith - George Michael
Video killed the radio star - Buggles
Together in electric dreams - Phil Oakey
Gold - Spandau Ballet
Africa - Toto
Come back and stay - Paul Young
Common People - Paul Young
Wherever I lay my hat - Paul Young
500 miles - The Proclaimers
I’ve got my mind set on you - George Harrison
Sussudio - Phil Collins
Human nature - Michael Jackson
Purple rain - Prince
The way it is - Bruce Hornsby
I want to break free - Queen
Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
Every little thing she does is magic - The Police
Rock ’n’ Roll
Great balls of fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
Lucille - Little Richard
Whole lotta’ shakin’ - Jerry Lee Lewis
You never can tell - Chuck Berry
Blue suede shoes - Elvis
Jailhouse rock - Elvis
Heartbreak hotel - Elvis
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Usually the way I engage with the audience, taking requests and pulling off tunes they don't expect me to manage! Plus, I try and make sure that my playing and singing is of the highest standard. I like to think that people can tell the difference.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed everywhere from the 02 arena to my local pub! I once sang for the Archbishop of Uganda (weird gig) and I've also played in a cowshed! Generally I play very lovely venues ranging from piano bars and wedding venues to concert halls and theatres.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Hmm...Bruce Hornsby for the piano perhaps, but I tend to listen to music of all styles and glean everything I can. My singing has many influences too but how it comes out is hopefully just...me!

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

That's a tough question to answer. In terms of audience numbers it would probably be on the Zoe Ball breakfast show, which has several million listeners, but in concert terms then perhaps supporting Elton John on his 2011 tour. Personally I don't think it matters how high profile a musician's gigs are; only what quality he or she performs at.

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

No problem, timings often change! I always aim to be as flexible as possible.

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

Of course, no problem.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 2 hours before the performance time. As soon as the PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests warmed up.

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?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat things through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Of course, no problem. All my gear is of the very best quality too.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Sure, within reason, no problem.

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)£450
Up to 1 hour£500
Up to 2 hours£700
Up to 3 hours£800
Available services
DJ set
+£300

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Shaun C, 7 days ago

Having had Steve in the bar on a number of occasions I cannot fault his interaction with the crowd and performance. Instead of relying on a playlist or the usual piano bar experience, Steve kept the audience engaged with requests & interaction and adapted to the crowd in front of him. I highly recommend Steve, after seeing his many different music adaptations he is perfect for any venue, private or commercial.

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Leah M, 5 months ago

Hey Steve, Sorry it’s so late my phone died! Sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye. It was amazing and everyone loved it. It was the most amazing start to a party. Thanks so much again. Leah x

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