In 2009, the BigTime Party Band was nominated as "Best New Artist Of The Year" by the Carolina Beach Music Academy.
Here is an article that was written by the late Mike Lewis, Hall Of Fame DJ from Chapel Hill, NC about the BigTime Party band.
The BigTime Party Band, born in 2003, has quickly become one of the hottest bands in the Southeast. Playing traditional beach music, motown, rhythm and blues, southern and classic rock and a wide and pleasing variety of party favorites in clubs, community festivals, weddings and many corporate events, BigTime has moved to the forefront of both live and recorded bands in the region.
BigTime has enjoyed three (3) songs achieving Top 10 status on 94.9 FM The Surf's (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) beach music charts, with one going all the way to #1 and another to #4. This breakout recording and performing group has quickly solidified its position as one of the most requested in the area.
Signed by the south's premier label Ripete / KHP Music three years ago, BigTime regularly releases significant new music, with three such performances in April 2008 on a "gospel shag" compilation entitled, "Swoop Down Jesus" Volume 2, to go along with two other compilation CD's, "I Could Have Danced All Night" Volume 2, and "This Is It, Carolina's Calling Me", which were released in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In March of 2009, they released their long awaited 12 song CD, "Footprints In The Sand" which includes several excellent original tunes along with some great classics.
BigTime's very successful "Drink Up" shag dance and party anthem, along with their "Do Ya' Like", were recently inducted into The Surf 94.9 FM Hall Of Fame, indicating their elevation there to Beach Music classic status!
With eight (8) active performers, BigTime displays vocal range and strength many other bands cannot easily match. Running the entire gamut from the tenor voices of John Wilson, an energetic and charismatic front man and seconday guitar player, and Johnny Wilson the operations manager, founder & vocalist, the falsetto of ace keyboardist Bill Hancock, to the mellow stylings of Tiff Wheeler Hancock, herself a standout hit making performer, they personalize each song, impress you with their differences, yet wow you with their harmonious blend.
Add to this the skill and enthusiasm of Barry Briggs on guitar and vocals, the experience and precision of drummer Ernie Pryce, the solid drive of Todd Yanez on bass guitar, the exciting and mellow sounds of Craig Cottrell on sax and the technical expertise of sound engineer Lynn Hoffman. Again, wow!
Together they are the BigTime Party Band, always bringing the party to you! Listen here, give them a call….
Mike Lewis, Senior Member, "The DJ Hall of Fame"
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Our song list... past & present
Here is a list of songs that are currently and formerly a part of our show.
60 MINUTE MAN
AIN'T GOT NO SELF RESPECT ( original song written by Dave Brooks)
AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG
ALL SUMMER LONG
ANY DAY NOW
BACK IN LOVE AGAIN
BIG BLUE DIAMONDS
BIG BOSS MAN
BIGTIME BEACH MEDLEY
(I Ain't Never Found Me A Girl)
(Just My Imagination)
(Too Late To Turn Back Now)
BROWN EYED GIRL
BUT IT'S ALRIGHT
CALL ME THE BREEZE
CAN'T YOU SEE
CHANGE ME (Original song written by John Wilson)
COUNT ON ME (Original song written by JohnArthurs)
DON'T LET THE GREEN GRASS FOOL YOU
DOUGHNUT AND A DREAM
DO YA LIKE (Original song written by Tiff Wheeler)
DO YOU LOVE ME
EVERYTIME I ROLL THE DICE
GIMME THREE STEPS
GOING BACK TO LOUISIANA
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS
HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY
HE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART
HOLD ON, I'M COMING
I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE
I FEEL GOOD (I'VE GOT YOU)
I KNOW (YOU DON'T LOVE ME NO MORE)
I LOVE BEACH MUSIC
IS THE MAGIC STILL THERE
IT MUST BE LOVE
IT'S ALL RIGHT, YOU'RE JUST IN LOVE
JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS
LET LOVE COME BETWEEN US
LIPSTICK, POWDER AND PAINT
LITTLE RED BOOK
LOVE COMES KNOCKING
MOTHER IN LAW
MOVE ACROSS THE RIVER
MYRTLE BEACH DAYS
NOT HERE FOR A LONG TIME
OH, WHAT A FEELING
OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL
ON THE BEACH
PARTY 'TILL THE LIGHTS GO OUT
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC
REELIN' & A ROCKIN'
SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL
SHE'S SURE GOT A WAY WITH MY HEART
STAND BY ME
STUBBORN KING OF FELLOW
SUMMERTIMES CALLING ME
SWEET HOME ALABAMA
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
TELL IT LIKE IT IS
THE ONE YOU LOVE
THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOOD-BYE
THERE AIN'T NO GETTING OVER ME
TOO WEAK TO FIGHT
TOSSIN' AND TURNIN'
TRYING TO LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU
UNDER THE BOARDWALK
WADE IN THE WATER
WALL TO WALL
WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW
YOUR MAMA DON'T DANCE
As a teen of the sixties, I always loved southern R&B. Even when the British groups showed up, I still loved the soul songs of my era, Wilson Pickett, Clifford Curry, Jerry Butler, James Brown, Eddie Floyd etc.. Much of todays beach music has stemmed from
Celebration in Pinehurst, NC on 05/22/2010
"What can I say ? Big Time Party Band is easy to work with, do exactly as promised, and provide for a great evening !!
Guests were pleased, walking around saying " best band we've had", the Country Club staff told me it was the best band that had played the club,
and my personal dealings with them were smooth.
Hope you hire them---I certainly will in the future !
- Gary L.
Country Club Event in Martinsville, VA on 12/31/2009
"The band was fabulous. One of the best beach music groups in this area. On time, professional, kept the guests on the dance floor until the very end. One suggestion, the band did play 80% beach / 20% dance.....so if you do have a crowd that is not all couples you may request a 50% mix. If you prefer all beach then this is as good as it gets. We will definately invite this band back for our next event. I highly recommend them."
- Carole M.
Wedding in Stokesdale, NC on 09/13/2008
"Bigtime party band was exactly what we were hoping for during our wedding reception. They were extremely accomodating to our schedule and flexible with special requests during the event. They were also reasonably priced. Johnny was very friendly and easy to work with as well. They displayed variety with their music and were sure to make sure my husband and I were having fun!
They kept guests dancing all night. We would definitely recommend them with high regards to future couples. "
- Quincy B.
Wedding Reception in Greensboro, NC on 07/02/2011
"Big Time Party Band did a great performance, but that was not the best thing about our night. They were EXTREMELY accommodating with all of our special requests. We were behind schedule the whole night and they did above and beyond of what we asked them to do. Music was upbeat and the entire wedding party and guests really enjoyed the song list. Thank you for REALLY making our reception a success!"
- Steve A.
Wedding Reception in Rocky Mount, NC on 06/18/2011
"Big Time Party Band really added to our daughter's reception. Their music was fantastic and everyone loved the music. We highly recommend them."
- Nancy P.
Wedding Reception in Hillsborough, NC on 06/04/2011
"Bigtime Party Band was wonderful! I have received so many compliments from wedding guests. Thank you for making my wedding day so very special!"
- Kelsey D.
July 4th Party in Rocky Point, NC on 07/06/2013
"One word: awesome..........
If you are having any kind of party I would highly recommend this band... We will make them a part of annual party."
In addition to Pittsboro, Bigtime Party Band will also travel to Chapel Hill, Moncure, Carrboro, New Hill, Saxapahaw, Bear Creek, Siler City, Goldston, Swepsonville, Durham, Snow Camp, Alamance, Morrisville, Apex, Burlington, Holly Springs, Cary, Graham, Haw River, Hillsborough, Sanford, Sedalia, Efland, Bynum, Bennett, Liberty, Mebane, Staley, Altamahaw, Broadway
and many other locations in and around the Pittsboro area.
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