Why hire Rob Duncan?
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Rob Duncan is a very soulful singer and pianist/keyboardist whose distinct style of playing and singing is truly all his own.
As a singer Rob Duncan's voice has been featured on many CD's as well as television and radio, including the legendary television shows American Bandstand with Dick Clark, and Solid Gold.
Songs in his repertoire include covers by Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Sam Cooke, The Isley Brothers, The Beatles, and much more.
Rob Duncan's musical roots are in the music of Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Add to that Michael McDonald, Elton John, and Leon Russell, and you'll get an idea of what to expect from Rob as a singer and keyboard player.
Rob started his professional career as the pianist and backup singer for Arista recording artist Paul Davis (Cool Nights, 65 Love Affair, I Go Crazy).
Rob appeared with Paul Davis on American Bandstand and Solid Gold.
Once the tour was over, Rob moved to New York City. Within his first year in NYC, Rob was hired to write and produce songs for the children’s television show, Sesame Street.
The next few years Rob continued writing and recording songs while also performing at events and various piano bars in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, and New Jersey.
In 1994 Rob moved to Boston, MA, and formed the band The Radicals.
He and his band performed concerts at the Boston Garden, the Fleet Center, The Wang Theater, as well as many other top venues in New England.
Rob also performed in Paris, France from 1994-2001.
Rob Duncan wrote songs for and produced four CDs while in Boston, and in 2002, Rob and his family moved back to NYC.
Rob Duncan has spent the last 8 years in the New York City area, performing locally in clubs, private parties and events, as well as singing jingles for various advertisers.
Rob also is very active as a composer and music producer and studio musician, staying busy producing music for various artists as well as overseeing the production of live performances of the artists he produces.
Rob Duncan is a very seasoned musician and singer, and his soulfulness is clear the minute you hear him begin to sing and play piano.
Growing up, Elton John was a huge influence on me. Of course so were the keyboard players of famous rock and soul bands. Billy Joel had some influence on me, as well as Leon Russell, Herbie Hancock, and New Orleans blues piano players like Dr John.
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Don Henley have been my biggest influences as a singer. These days I really like Cold Play and John Mayer. Trust me, you'll hear my influences in my music.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 150 minutes
As an audience member you will immediately be impressed with my singing voice and piano/keyboard style of playing. The music I perform will be instantly recognized and you will find yourself singing along without realizing it. My 'stage presence' is engaging and friendly, but not overbearing. You will thoroughly enjoy the music and the mood I provide for your listening and dancing pleasure.
As a client I will be easy to work with, very communicative and approachable, and be committed to providing you with whatever preferences you may have in terms of arrival and set up time, pacing the music according to your specifications, and adjust my volume level to a level you are happy with. I very professional, personable, and punctual. You can expect to be comfortable working with me and confident that I have the music for your event completely under control. Most of all, you'll love my music!
I need sufficient lighting for the area that I am playing. I'm not fussy about it, but I prefer not to perform in the dark.
I also need to have a sufficient amount of space between my keyboard and mic stand from the audience. At least 2 feet between the front line of my setup and where the audience would be seated. (This is to insure no one bumps into my mic or keyboard and knocks anything over).
I prefer not to be set up too close to any exit doors or entrance doors. If a door opens in front of my speakers it can cause feedback.
I need at least 45 minutes to set up and have a sufficient sound check (a sound check before performing, if possible).
And I need to have some type of 'dolly' that I can use to roll my speaker cabinets and hardware to the performance location.
My keyboard will be in a case with wheels so no need for a 'dolly' for that.
There needs to be electrical outlets within 5 to 10 feet of where I am setting up.
Finally, I would like to have a chair or stool placed at the location where I will be setting up to save me the time of having to find one.
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Bachelor Party, Bachelorette Party, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Casino, Christmas Party, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Festival, Fundraiser, Graduation, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Public Event, Restaurant, Retreat, Seminar, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Cocktail Hour, Wedding Reception