Solo Acoustic VARIETY Entertainer, Top-Performing GIGMASTERS artist in Virginia, ASCAP-award-winning songwriter, heard by MILLIONS on "AMERICAN IDOL."
John performs as a one-man band, but he sounds like 2 or 3 people. He sings while playing guitar and looping additional guitars, percussion, ukulele, and sometimes steel drum. He plays up and down the East Coast; playing weddings, parties, festivals, and clubs.
John will learn new songs for a wedding ceremony, will play exactly what is requested, and will play what is appropriate as the event progresses. He is happy to MC where needed and to wait where needed. He is reliable, flexible with location and time, and most important very personable and fun for the guests.
John can play instrumentals or sing special songs during the wedding ceremony. He can then play music for the cocktail hour. He can then step up the energy for the reception if desired. And he will learn any special songs for couple dances and MC wedding guest introductions. He will DJ music on the ipod during his breaks.
John has been entertaining professionally for over 20 years. He performed nightly for 10 summers at the VA Beach festival Beach Street USA, playing for crowds of thousands. In 2010 he performed for 7,000 people on the main stage at the VA Beach Amphitheater. He performs largely on the East Coast. He has opened up for Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Gary US Bonds, Rusted Root, Smokin' Joe Kubek, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton & Sinbad the comedian.
John has performed his music live on FOX TV mulitple times. His music has appeared on the TV shows "American Idol"(FOX), "Dateline"(NBC), "Crossing Jordan"(NBC), "CMT Cribs"(CMT), "Engaged and underage"(MTV), "Parental control"(MTV) and in the films "Knocked down" and "Play on."
John has released 2 music videos and 2 full-length albums. He has recorded with Will Lee, Tommy Newsom, Bob Bain, Saundra Williams, Kellie Rucker, Dan CiPriano, Ivan Bodley, James Dower, Dennis Wage, & B.J. Leiderman.
John has won the ASCAPlus award from ASCAP the past 3 years. He also won the Best Blues Artist award from PortFolio Weekly Magazine.
Myspace song plays: 46,791. Youtube video plays: 31,578. Fans online: 4,843. Largest live audience: 7,000+ at VA Beach Amphitheater. Largest televised audience: 30 million on American Idol. Most shows in one day: 7. Most shows in a year: 300. Most shows in a month: 175. Songs written: 600+. Original songs recorded/published: 200. Songs learned: 5,000+. Songs remembered 1,500+. Students taught: 1,000+. Estimated lifetime live audience: 2 Million+. Time spent playing guitar: 40,000+ hours. Number of times had to play "Sweet home Alabama": 1,200+.
Bose L1 Compact P.A. system. Ibanez Montage acoustic/electric guitar. Shure SM58 microphone. Boss rx-15 loop pedal. Ukulele. Percussion. Apple ipod & ipad (sequences, lyrics, DJ music). Wireless power source. Compact lights. Backups for all equipment.
"For almost 10 years I ran the Beachstreet USA program in Virginia Beach, VA. I auditioned and employed over 160 musicians and specialty acts. Among those musicians was John Baldwin. John was with us from the beginning, and over the 9 years he was with us I have seen his talents as a musician soar. He has become a seasoned musician with a style all his own. John was always on time, always looked appropriate, always willing to go the extra mile when it was necessary. If you are seeking a fine musician, dependable, with great morals and work ethics, John is your man! I feel totally confident in recommending him."
-2010, Regina Marscheider, Director of Spectrum Entertainment, VA Bch, VA
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
I'm YoursJason Mraz
Chicken friedZac Brown
Knee deepZac Brown & Jimmy Buffet
Red solo cupToby Keith
Waiting on the world to changeJohn Mayer
Leave the piecesThe Wreckers
Real worldMatchbox 20
Boulevard of broken dreamsGreen Day
When September endsGreen Day
Good riddanceGreen Day
What I gotSublime
Say it ain't soWeezer
Crash into meDave Matthews
Ants MarchingDave Matthews
Semi-charmed lifeThird Eye Blind
Blister in the sunViolent Femmes
Kryptonite3 Doors Down
My own worst enemyLit
Arms wide openCreed
PictureKid Rock & Sheryl Crow
Black hole sunSoundgarden
PlushStone Temple Pilots
I got a feelingBlack-eyed Peas
Let's get it startedBlack-eyed Peas
Here I go againWhitesnake
Missing youJohn Waite
Voices CarryTil Tuesday
Caught up in you38 Special
Hold on loosely38 Special
Jessie's girlRick Springfield
Everybody wants to rule the worldTears for Fears
Head over heelsTears for Fears
What I like about youThe Romantics
Pour some sugar on meDef Leppard
Should I stay or goThe Clash
She talks to angelsThe Black Crowes
More than wordsExtreme
Wanted dead or aliveBon Jovi
Livin on a prayerBon Jovi
I want U to want meCheap Trick
867-5309 (Jenny)Tommy Tutone
Down UnderMen at work
Crazy trainOzzy Osbourne
Don't you forget about meSimple Minds
When doves cryPrince
Billie JeanMichael Jackson
Rock with youMichael Jackson
Finish what ya startedVan Halen
Sweet child of mineGuns & Roses
My best friend's girlThe Cars
Let's goThe Cars
Dangerous typeThe Cars
Bye bye loveThe Cars
Just what I neededThe Cars
Jack & DianneJohn Cougar
Pink housesJohn Cougar
White weddingBilli Idol
Play that funky musicWild Cherry
Jungle loveMorris Day
More than a womanBee Gees
Stayin AliveBee Gees
If I can't have youBee Gees
Jump Jive & WailBrian Setzer
Rock this townBrian Setzer
Stray cat strutBrian Setzer
I will surviveGloria Gaynor
Ain't too proud to begTemptations
Dec 1963 (Oh what a night)Four Seasons
I love rock n rollJoan Jett
Brown eyed girlVan Morrison
Sweet home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd
Gimme 3 stepsLynyrd Skynyrd
What is and what should never beLed Zeppelin
When the levee breaksLed Zeppelin
Oh DarlingThe Beatles
Drive my carThe Beatles
I Saw her standing thereThe Beatles
While my guitar gently weepsThe Beatles
Back in the USSRThe Beatles
Rocky RacoonThe Beatles
You may be rightBilly Joel
Only the good die youngBilly Joel
Big shotBilly Joel
I go to extremesBilly Joel
Scenes from an Italian restaurantBilly Joel
It's still rock n rollBilly Joel
Roadhouse bluesThe Doors
Pride & joyStevie Ray Vaughan
Cold shotStevie Ray Vaughan
CrossfireStevie Ray Vaughan
Texas floodStevie Ray Vaughan
The sky is cryingStevie Ray Vaughan
Scuttle Buttin/Mary had a little lambStevie Ray Vaughan
Purple HazeJimi Hendrix
Little WingJimi Hendrix
Sunshine of your loveEric Clapton
Before you accuse meEric Clapton
Old LoveEric Clapton
White roomEric Clapton
After midnightEric Clapton
Hoochie coochie manEric Clapton
Free fallinTom Petty
Mary Jane's last danceTom Petty
Three little birdsBob Marley
I shot the sherrifBob Marley
One loveBob Marley
No woman no cryBob Marley
Pirate looks at 40Jimmy Buffet
Cheeseburger in paradiseJimmy Buffet
Dyer MakerLed Zeppelin
All along watchtowerBob Dylan
5 o'clock somewhereAlan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash
Ring of fireJohnny Cash
BoondocksLittle Big Town
Save a horse (ride a cowboy)Big & Rich
I love this barToby Keith
No shoes, no shirt, no problemsKenny Chesney
You and tequilaKenny Chesney
Two Pina ColadasGarth Brooks
Someone like youKeith Urban
Country girl (shake it for me)Luke Bryan
Simple manLynyrd Skynyrd
Going to CaliforniaLed Zeppelin
Let it beThe Beatles
Tears in heavenEric Clapton
Carolina in my mindJames Taylor
Fire and rainJames Taylor
Your songElton John
Friends in low placesGarth Brooks
Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond
Don't stop believinJourney
Piano ManBilly Joel
Family traditionHank Williams Jr.
Country roadsJohn Denver
American pieDon McLean
Perfect country and western songDavid Allen Coe
Down to the old pubIrish
Under the Scottman's kiltIrish
Hide your kids, hide your wifeAntoine Dodson
Theme from Cops/ Bad BoysInner circle
Under the SeaThe Little Mermaid
Free Credit Report SongFree Credit Report Band
Dukes of Hazzard TV themeWaylon Jennings
Amish paradiseWeird Al Yankovic
One more minuteWeird Al Yankovic
Blame it on the alcoholJamie Foxx
My ValentinePaul McCartney
I'll beEdwin McCain
Melt into youJohn Baldwin
Maybe I'm amazedPaul McCartney
If I ever leave this world aliveFlogging Molly (irish song from movie PS I love you)
Love you till the endThe Pogues (irish song from movie PS I love you)
I wanna grow old with youAdam Sandler (song from movie The Wedding Singer)
You're my better halfKeith Urban
How sweet it is to be loved by youJames Taylor
Have I told you latelyVan Morrison
I'll be your lover tooVan Morrison
Somewhere over the rainbowIz
Time in a bottleJim Croce
Come what mayMoulin Rouge theme
It had to be youHarry Connick Jr.
Can't take my eyes off youFour Seasons
You're the biggest part of meAmbrosia
Thank youLed Zeppelin
Unchained melodyRighteous Bros
Walk awayJohn Baldwin
I can't feel youJohn Baldwin
Just a littleJohn Baldwin
Redemption bluesJohn Baldwin
Make a wishJohn Baldwin
Nothing without your loveJohn Baldwin
AngelJohn Baldwin (song from American Idol)
17th Street surfridersJohn Baldwin (song from MTV Parental Control)
Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffet, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, James Taylor, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Billy Joel.
Wedding Ceremony in Baltimore, MD on 09/07/2013
"John helped us out after we had our guitarist fall through. He was prompt, professional, and willing to work with us on learning new songs and making the event great! He was very easy to work with and I would recommend him to others. "
- Laura H.
Wedding in Madison, VA on 08/11/2013
"We found John Baldwin when we were looking for an acoustic guitarist for our winery wedding. John had the perfect playlist to begin with, and when he heard our processional and recessional songs, he was enthusiastic to play a mixture of country rock and acoustic rock for our event. I loved walking down the aisle to his rendition of 'She is Love' by the Parachutes. During the ceremony, I was able to hear him softly strumming his guitar which added an especially lovely touch to the gentle breeze and fragrant flowers that I experienced as I shared my vows. My only regret is that I did not get to hear more of him as I was busy during the cocktail hour taking photos. "
- Kathryn A.
Wedding Reception in Washington, DC on 05/18/2013
"John Baldwin did an excellent job at our wedding reception. I would highly recommend him to any friend. He quickly responded to my emails and is very talented."
- Julie B.
Anniversary Party in Urbanna, VA on 11/03/2012
"John was the perfect addition to our anniversary party. He showed up early, was very accomodating and made the party a success. I will definately use him again."
- Josh L.
Wedding Ceremony in Irvington, VA on 09/29/2012
"What a talented performer!! He was awesome -- everyone at the wedding commented on how great he was. Such a vast range -- he had something for everyone's taste and he read the crowd well. We would highly recommend him for any event you are having!
Thanks John for making the wedding, cocktail hour and reception special!!!"
- Lee W.
Private Party in White Sulphur Springs, WV on 07/19/2012
"Very professional, everyone enjoyed the music. I would definitely recommend him to anyone that needs great background music"
- Stacy W.
Wedding Ceremony in Virginia Beach, VA on 06/02/2012
"John did an amazing job at our wedding -ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. He was willing and able to learn any songs we requested. John was extremely easy to work with and always returned emails/phone calls in a timely manner. Our turnout was a little smaller than we anticipated, yet he still had almost everyone out on the dance floor. He by far exceeded our expectations, and I would recommend him to anyone throwing pretty much any kind of party. He played classical guitar for the ceremony, beachy music for our cocktail hour, and rocked out our reception -the guy really can do it all! "
- Nicky O.
Wedding Ceremony in Charlottesville, VA on 05/11/2012
"John was so accommodating for a last-minute request to play at a client's wedding! He learned a specific song with a special style request! He arrived on time and was always in communication prior to the wedding day! I would recommend John, again! Thank you so much!"
- Kate H.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Leesburg, VA on 03/30/2012
"John performed for my husband's surprise 40th birthday party. We had an audience with broad taste and I received so many compliments on John. Everyone wanted to know where I found him! He has an awesome talent, great voice and has a song list that encompasses a little of everything. I would recommend him for weddings, parties, BBQ's, etc. If I am ever in need of entertainment again, John will be my go to man. He was very professional, arrived to the venue an hour early and was very accommodating to any of our requests. This was my first time hiring someone off the internet, other than my wedding, and I was not disappointed. John was a pleasure to work with!! "
- Kelly W.
Saint Patrick's Day Party in North Potomac, MD on 03/17/2012
"John Baldwin is a talented guitarist and singer and was perfect for our party. He was very professional and responsible throughout the whole event process (before, during and after the event). I was so thrilled that my friends enjoyed him as much as I did. I had so many comments, asking how I found him, and how good he was. I would highly recommend John for your event. He was so easy to work with and eager to please the crowd, which he did. "
- Brenda K.
Saint Patrick's Day Party in Washington, DC on 03/17/2012
"John made our St. Paddy's Day Irish and he brought happy faces on our guests on the patio. We had a good time working with John and we recommend him for any kind of party!"
- Mark S.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Reston, VA on 02/11/2012
"John did a great job. He was easy to work with and very professional. He's very talented and we really enjoyed his performance. He asked us for a playlist and he played all of the songs that we requested. He even performed a special dedication.
I would highly recommend John to anyone. "
- Ketan M.
Wedding Ceremony in Corolla, NC on 10/22/2011
"We were very pleased with the music at our ceremony played by John Baldwin. He is a very talented musician, who was very accommodating with my musical requests and even learned a song for our ceremony. He even plays the ukulele and played my favorite song for my walk down the aisle. He was very responsive to all my emails and even called to check on me a few weeks before our ceremony! We would definitely recommend him to friends and family for their next event! You wouldn't be disappointed if you book John! He was a pleasure to work with and we were very happy we chose him! "
- Lori L.
Private Party in Nags Head, NC on 08/08/2011
"We hired John to come play for us at our parents vow renewal/35th wedding anniversary and I have to say that I couldn't have been happier with how everything worked out! John was awesome and played everything we wanted to hear right down to my parents song they had playing at their wedding 35 years ago! John was very professional, extremely accommodating, more than happy to work with us on a the little details, and we would not hesitate to hire him again! I would strongly recommend John to anyone looking to celebrate and remember a special day or event!!!"
- Brandon W.
Wedding Ceremony in Gloucester, VA on 06/11/2011
"It was an honor to have John play at our wedding!!! He was fantastic and made it fun for all ages!! He already had a fun playlist, but he also learned new songs for me! I plan to call John for future parties!! I would strongly recommend you consider John for your next party or event! Very Happy Gloucester Wedding Couple 6/11/11 "
- Heather R.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Newport News, VA on 06/11/2011
"John is a fantastic performer who I would recommend for any type of function. He showed up a little early and stayed a little later, and despite a nasty thunderstorm where we had to relocate him and our guests, our evening was quite enjoyable. Great job John!!! We will definitely remember to book you for our next shindig! "
- Kim J.
Private Party in Irvington, VA on 05/06/2011
"He was fantastic! Everyone my sisters wedding loved John! I would highly recommend him!"
- SARA T.
Wedding Ceremony in Corolla, NC on 09/24/2010
"John was great, he responded quickly to all of our calls and e-mails, arrived on time and was very professional and fun. Our guests had a great time! Thank you!"
- Amber J.
Wedding Ceremony in Duck, NC on 05/18/2010
"John was early & rolled with the punches when weather caused us to move our location! He was totally professional & made our wedding ceremony even more special & even played an extra song for our wedding for two! THANK YOU JOHN!!!!!!!! "
- Patricia R.
Celebration in Virginia Beach, VA on 05/08/2010
"We booked John to play at a graduation house party. From beginning to end, he was tremendous! He is incredibly talented and our guests raved at his warmth and willingness to accommodate requests. We are so pleased with him and hope to book him again in the future. I highly recommend him to individuals seeking a fun, talented, and professional entertainer!"
- Larry S.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Chesapeake, VA on 03/30/2010
"John Baldwin is a very talented & exceptional professional singer and guitarist. He also has many great intangible skills that make him who he is – humorous, quite friendly and down to earth, great conversationalist, respectful and dedicated to his hobby. I would recommend using John to those individuals that are looking for a musician and singer to perform at weddings, clubs, get-togethers and in my case a birthday party. I will be using him again and I am in the process of helping him network."
In addition to Washington, John Baldwin will also travel to Mount Rainier, Brentwood, Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Arlington, Capital Heights, Capitol Heights, Takoma Park, Adelphi Chillum, Cheverly, College Park, New Carrollton, Riverdale, Suitland, Alexandria, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, District Heights, Oxon Hill, Silver Spring, Temple Hills, Falls Church, Greenbelt, Lanham, Beltsville, Glen Echo, Kensington, Mc Lean, Southern Md Facility, Upper Marlboro
and many other locations in and around the Washington area.
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