Jeff McKoy is a professional singer, pianist and organist who has performed at live events all over the U.S. He is available to play the piano for your live event or to sing and play for countless occasions ranging from celebrations to funerals
He has an innate understanding and gift for playing music by ear and a lightning fast learner, so he adapts for performance to any musical genre in no time. His unique ability allows him to learn to play new music while listening on the go. He is also an excellent fillin musician when you need to be rescued. He can pickup on other singers and musicians in live impromptu situations as well as provide an organized session of entertainment.
Jeffrey is a sure fit and success for spontaneous and short planned functions. He is also a quality fill-in when your regulars are unavailable. He is a perfect choice for church functions and services, choir anniversaries, concerts, weddings, parties, community events and, of course, wakes and funerals. He is accessible, available, accountable and ready at a moment’s notice to rescue you in your planned event or unexpected crisis with very little notice. Because Jeffrey provides his service on a first come first served basis, the only limitations are those that have been imposed by contractual acceptance and commitment of prior engagements.
Professional Musician / Singer Experience: 25 years of live performance experience
Genre: Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Soul, Pop and Classical
Specialty: Gospel music related performances and ear training for live piano performance and vocal coaching
Event Types: No limitations! Please contact me to discuss specific situation
Also regularly available for special niche type services such as wakes, memorial services and funerals
• Live Pianist / Organist / Professional Singer all in one
• One Man Band service with Piano, Bass, Drums and Live Background Vocals
• Can Accompany other Guest Singers or Choirs
• Professional Sound & Performance
• 25 Years Experience in Professional Music Industry
• Extensive experience in Christian venues
• Performs Traditional, Contemporary, Congregational, and Modern Worship Songs or Music
My greatest influences have come from the gospel, r&b and jazz industries. I have been most greatly influenced by the music of Thomas Whitfield and Edwin Hawkins as well as Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Bob James, Oscar Peterson and Dave McKenna.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 300 minutes
Performances generally last between 1 hour to 5 hours
My equipment must be set up in where there is minimal risk of exposure to water or moisture or I may performe utilizing your own piano or equipment.
Please provide a small space that is approximately 6 feet wide by 4 feet deep and a near by power outlet.
Gospel Click Tracks are also available, continue reading to learn more…
Gospel ClickTracks are similar to musical soundtracks with their background vocals. But instead of them only serving to benefit a solo singer, they serve to benefit the church musicians as well as the accompanying praise team or choir. Gospel ClickTracks are designed to give any ordinary sized small ministry up to the medium sized church the quality of musical performance in worship that is commonly experienced in larger ministries or churches and even mega ministries having 5,000 members or more.
Many Christian churches are held victim or hostage by the uncontrollable absence, whims, poor performances and attitudes of many musicians, directors and singers. If you happen to be in a ministry that has been affected by any of these factors, you know very well the impact that these common challenges have on the quality of music and the fluidity of your worship experience. The lack of accessibility, availability and accountability by those leading the music ministry has greatly affected the quality of music and songs performed during praise and worship services in churches across the country. At any given moment a musician, singer or director may attempt to control or manipulate the flow of music to pet their own egos which directly affects the atmosphere and the ability destroy yokes. This is especially so when dealing with music and worship leaders who may only be there for the money, clout or to stroke their personal egos. Well, I have a solution for it all and it’s called Gospel ClickTracks!
Gospel ClickTracks are technologically enhanced with a musical skeletal structure of sorts that is designed to wrap around your in-house musicians and allow one or two musicians to perform with the perceived sound of a full church band playing live! Particular to its design, Gospel ClickTracks allow in-house musicians to play along seamlessly with the track having no audible sign of conflict or distortion of quality. Yet, the ClickTracks is solid enough in its structure to stand alone without the need for any live musicians. You will never have to be hindered by the lack of dependable or qualified musicians and singers again.
For groups who struggle with singing in tune or staying in key, Gospel ClickTracks has that covered too. They are enhanced with background vocals that can be manipulated independently of the music. This means that if your singers are weak (meaning they sing bad notes, have poor tonal quality, are sick or do a no-call-no-show, harmony is not cohesive, have poor volume or low confidence), the volume of the background vocals inside the ClickTrack can be turned up slightly (without change the volume level of the music) to allow the polished background vocals inside the ClickTracks to more deeply penetrate the perceived sound of your live singers. This alone will add that professional, polished and perfect performance every time, even for the most greatly challenged groups. This is done without ever affecting the volume levels of the music inside the ClickTrack.
On another note, if your singers are strong (meaning they sing the right notes, have good tonal quality, have good volume and high confidence), the volume of the background vocals inside the ClickTrack can be turned down low enough to only add a slight chorus effect (polished professional sound) to the performance of your live singers without ever effecting the volume levels of the music inside the ClickTrack.
Private Piano & Voice Lessons and Music Workshops also available. Contact me for more details or to subscribe to any of these services.
My set list varies dramatically from venue to venue and is determined by the needs of the client. Most popular songs are already available in many different genres; however, requests for special selections to be performed are always welcome and can be made ready for performance within as little as 48 hours. Songs of varying vocal range can also be performed, including those performed by female artists. Please inquiry directly for more details.
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Band Member Wanted, Bar/Lounge, Christmas Party, Church Service, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Religious Celebration, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Seminar, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Workshop
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