SEEKINGRhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Piano, Upright bass.
EXPERIENCED/TALENTED SINGER (THAT'S ME!) URGENTLY SEARCHING FOR TALENTED/COMMITTED PIANO ACCOMPANIST (THAT'S YOU!), THE NEARER TO BARNET, HERTS THE BETTER - BUT FURTHER AFIELD ALSO CONSIDERED!!
I'm a 48 year old singer-songwriter and classically trained guitarist based in Barnet, Hertfordshire. I'm searching for a competent (sight reading) piano accompanist (preferably female as I feel it creates a better 'balance' but that’s not a definite) who enjoys playing songs from musicals (Lionel Bart, Rodgers & Hart etc.) and standards from the 30s - 50s from Gershwin, Porter, Berlin etc., and also ‘newer’ melodic songs from artists such as Katie Melua, Cat Stevens, The Beatles and Neil Sedaka. I also enjoy singing my own songs. I would particularly like to introduce more of a jazzier side, and love the songs and style of Blossom Dearie and Gregory Porter.
For the past 15 years I have been performing at care homes, charities, open mics and community festivals, sometimes with a piano accompanist - paid and unpaid (before that I performed in amateur musicals and comedy revues). I need to find someone who has the time to commit to a long term collaboration. I have got to the stage where I feel I’m not fulfilling my potential and should be making more of my talent before it’s too late. In 2015/2016 I was lucky enough to have been involved with 5 professional singers/actors in a staged showcase of original cabaret/musical style songs from a published composer/pianist - which was great fun and very satisfying. It fired up my creativity and ambitions and made me realise that this is what I really need to be doing, even if it’s part time to begin with. It also reminded me that 'you know what, I can do this, and pretty well!'
My aim is to make some money, have fun, enjoy my singing and ultimately to progress quickly. I've got a pleasant, melodic voice (more powerful/in a different style to when I'm singing my own songs on guitar, which can be heard at www.marcharris.co.uk).
There are a number of things I'd like to do. Occasional community/charity events (which usually would not be paid), ‘music spots’ at venues, and possibly private functions for weddings/parties (as background music for receptions). I would ideally like to put a great set of songs together so that we can be up and running within 3 months or so - ready to perform. Another project which I wish to pursue (recently thought of) is to put together a show of Neil Sedaka songs – not as a tribute act but I love singing his uplifting songs, my voice and appreciation of his sensitive music/lyrics is suited to his material, and I also believe that there is commercial potential in performing his songs as a show at theatre venues. It would be great to add drums and guitar etc at some stage also.
I'm not looking to become famous by the way but it would be great to be able to make my way musically - performing, earning a living doing what I love doing - singing and performing, and creating opportunities which one day soon could ultimately take over from my day job. Hopefully you will have similar ambitions also. I look forward to speaking with you and meeting up in order to create a unique and special musical partnership.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Oct 08 2017
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
... and singers I enjoy listening to: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Katie Melua, Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon, Blossom Dearie, Gregory Porter, The Everly Brothers, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, David Essex, Bing Crosby, Glen Campbell plus more.
- Acoustic Guitar:
Classical Electro-Acoustic Guitar
Yamaha Stagepas PA/microphone etc