GigMasters' Official Hit Meister CONTEMPORARY & CLASSIC Acoustic & Electric artist combines 17 years of experience playing & touring with passion & solidarity achieving HIGH REVIEWS! DILIGENT, HARD-WORKING, A MIX OF HOT NEW HITS & TIMELESS TUNES THAT DON'T GO OUT OF STYLE, STUNNING VERSATILITY, THE WHOLE PACKAGE - UNIQUE PRESENTATION WITH AN ALL VIBRANT, FRESH, HUGE ONE-MAN BAND SOUND
* NEW * Start me out on any song list you desire, by request, then I'll play an acoustic solo set,
& then I'll play lead guitar and sing to your party by combining a wide array of influences, techniques, showmanship and musical stylings! The next best thing to hiring a full band for 1/5 of the price !!
Offering Classical Guitar, Jazz Standards, Chet Atkins, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, Elvis, Foo Fighters, Beatles, Sinatra, Mraz, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Buffett, Oasis, Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, Van Morrison, Floyd, Police, Dead, Petty, Nirvana, Clapton, Commodores, Barenaked Ladies, Montell Jordan, Death Cab for Cutie, Guster, The Weepies, Keane, Allman Bros, Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Ben Folds, Blues Traveler, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Radiohead, Vince Gill & more!
HARDEST-WORKING: It is my pledge to you that I will pay solid attention to details and will pour every ounce of energy into Your event. The keys to my success are passion & dedication, and a strong burning desire to do my job the way YOU want it done.
TASTY & TASTEFUL: I step inside the content of the material I sing, much like a character actor, so the listener will be able to identify with the song - first picked up my first guitar when I was 14. Seventeen years later, this is my business, and a deep love of mine. Upon booking I will learn to play ANY song you wish; making your event transpire the way you want is my ultimate endgame. I treat these performances as the honor & privilege that they are, knowing full well that I have had that privilege given to me. My goal is to bring you a musical event to look back on as a lasting, fond memory. To me the details matter: punctuality, class, good manners and attentiveness, and the willingness to roll with your desires are paramount.
As full-time musician, I choose to capture the detailing you want - a great experience and a whole-hearted performance consistently; making this the easy part of your event. For full-bodied amplification, I use the Bose L1 system, allowing for wonderful transportability, it is a space-saver for your atmosphere & can cover any venue from outdoor weddings to for bigger events. It's also perfect for backyards & living rooms.
SOMETHING OLD/SOMETHING NEW: Employing Apple's Logic Pro Technology for either Purist Solo Performance AND / OR inclusion of Backing Textures w/ Electric Guitar for One Man Band full Surround Sound!!
NO SCHMALTZ: Showcasing real deal musicianship regardless of instrumental background, era, or genre.
SKILLED WITH A SOLID WORK ETHIC: Even if you change everything the day before the event, I will be on board with every request. You are hiring a professional when you book a man who plays all week full-time.
I have a Promotional E.P. consisting of three original songs. Songs from the recording have been aired on 104.3 WZYP, and independent podcasts from the U.K. New York & Germany.
I have recently finished a songwriting campaign for my first full-length recording. I have recently been seen performing with Jason Albert Band, Bonner Black, Nashville songwriter Jim Parker, and is co-writing with Lee Pinson.
I have also received critical acclaim for "Portrait of a Destiny" & "Bigger Than Myself" from the Tangled Up In Me- E.P. The E.P. was produced by Cam DeVaney (pre-production for Flyleaf)
I was selected as Valley Planet's 2010- "Best Jazz Artist"
In addition, I have shared the stage with Independent Christian artists Jonathan Lee, Kathleen Carnali, Jason Albert & Norris Jones (Michael Jackson).
I currently perform as a solo artist, as a supporting session musician for other artists & am currently in the studio working on my first full-length album.
I have played benefits for The Arthritis Foundation, Relay for Life & Susan G. Komen.
As far as original materials go, I deliver a hooky slice of happiness by combining head-bopping grooves, silky vocals and picturesque lyricism. It's a style of modern pop that meshes elements of Paul Simon and John Mayer with George Benson and Jason Mraz.
I'm a vibrant performer, incendiary and upbeat - I love to see people get a departure from the doldrums of life & I always performing encore sets regardless of pay when you & your guests want more. I have been known to play non-stop 4 hour long marathon sets - packed w/solid music, seamless transitions, only if the event permits...
Thanks so much for your consideration, book me today & I will go every extra mile to make you glad you did.
Jonathan Laird (Guitar/Vocals)