John Baldwin

Why book John Baldwin?

Six String Slinger

John Baldwin has been entertaining professionally for 20 years. John plays up and down the East Coast, playing weddings, parties, festivals, and clubs. John performs as a one-man band, but sounds like a 2 or 3 man band. John plays, and then loops, percussion, guitars, ukulele, and/or steel pan all while singing.

John will learn new songs for the wedding ceremony, will play exactly what is requested, and will play what is appropriate as the event progresses.

John can play instrumentals or sing special songs during the wedding ceremony. John can play music for the cocktail hour. John can even step up the energy for the reception music.




Verified Review


John, thank you so much for your wonderful Ukulele performance at our daughters beach wedding in Sandbridge. You were great! Kasey and Shawn thought it was just perfect. Thanks again for having it videoed, can't wait to see it. Sincerely, Debbie & Art Cummings

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Reviewer: Deborah C.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Virginia Beach, VA
Event Date: Sep 14, 2013
Hired As: Ukulele Player
Verified Review

Beyond Expectations!

John recently played at our wedding for both the rehearsal and cocktail hour. He met with us prior to and was extremely accommodating and flexible with our song choices - he wanted our day to be exactly what WE wanted and he exceeded my expectations! We communicated back and forth via email and phone and he kept me informed of any suggestions he had. He made us feel so comfortable and I had no doubt he would show up at the venue in ample time and sound great- which he definitely did! We even had him stay for a bit because he's just an all around great guy! I would highly recommend John to family.. friends.. everyone!

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Reviewer: Liz W.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Virginia Beach, VA
Event Date: Jun 1, 2013
Hired As: Singing Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 90 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $350-600
  • Insurance:
  • Languages: English, Spanish


Typically, for a wedding I play light instrumental guitar background music while guests are being sat. While they bridal party enters I may sing or play one special song. When the bride enters I sing and play something specially chosen by the bride and groom. During the ceremony I may be asked to play a special song after a prayer or during a candle or sand ceremony. I play another special song for the couple's exit. Then I move to the cocktail reception and sing and play some upbeat easy listening music. I may also be hired to play the entire reception if a DJ is not hired.

I sing and play guitar on most songs. I am also asked to sing and play ukulele alot for weddings. During cocktail hour and reception I play guitar and use a loop pedal to repeat my guitar part back so i can then add more guitars, ukulele or percussion on top. It creates a full sound which you can see in my promo video.

Additional Booking Notes

I play guitar principally. For instrumentals as guests are being sat I'll play a classical guitar. I'll play a regular acoustic for any songs I sing. I also play ukulele mixed in with guitar at weddings. I even play steel pan if requested.

John Baldwin


In 2011 Baldwin performed live on "The Hampton Roads show" on FOX tv. He previously performed on FOX tv's "News at 7" show.

In 2010 Baldwin released 2 music videos "Walk away" and "Melt into you."

On Oct. 16 2010 Baldwin played the main stage at the VA Beach Amphitheater opening for comedian Sinbad.

Baldwin won the Best Blues Artist award for PortFolio Weekly Magazine (Norfolk, VA). Baldwin has won mulitple ASCAPlus awards from ASCAP.

Baldwin has opened up for Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Gary US Bonds, Rusted Root, Smokin' Joe Kubek, John Hammond & Delbert McClinton.

Baldwin performs 150-200 shows a year on East Coast, solo acoustic and full band.

Baldwin's music has appeared on the TV shows "American Idol" (fox), "Dateline" (nbc), "Crossing Jordan (nbc), "Engaged and underage" (mtv), and "Parental control" (mtv) as well as in the short film "Knocked down."

Baldwin's 2010 album, "Six String Slinger," features celebrity guests: Will Lee, Tommy Newsom (arr.), Bob Bain, Saundra Williams, Kellie Rucker, Dan CiPriano, Ivan Bodley, James Dower, Dennis Wage, & B.J. Leiderman.

The team providing the talent:

John Baldwin


Set List

Song List

_________MODERN ROCK__________
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Chicken fried - Zac Brown
Life is good today - Zac Brown
Rock Star - Nickelback
Soul sister - Train
Waiting on the world to change - John Mayer
Daughters - John Mayer
Leave the pieces - The Wreckers
Real world - Matchbox 20
Boulevard of broken dreams - Green Day
When September ends - Green Day
Good riddance - Green Day
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
What I got - Sublime
Wrong way - Sublime
Badfish - Sublime
Creep - Radiohead
Say it ain't so - Weezer
Crash into me - Dave Matthews
Crush - Dave Matthews
Stay - Dave Matthews
Ants Marching - Dave Matthews
Semi-charmed life - Third Eye Blind
Blister in the sun - Violent Femmes
Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
My own worst enemy - Lit
Arms wide open - Creed
Drive - Incubus
Maria Maria - Santana
Smooth - Santana
Picture - Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
Summertime - Kid Rock
Black hole sun - Soundgarden
Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
I got a feeling - Black-eyed Peas
Let's get it started - Black-eyed Peas
__________EIGHTIES SONGS__________
Here I go again - Whitesnake
Missing you - John Waite
Voices Carry - Til Tuesday
Caught up in you - 38 Special
Hold on loosely - 38 Special
Jessie's girl - Rick Springfield
Everybody wants to rule the world - Tears for Fears
Head over heels - Tears for Fears
What I like about you - The Romantics
Pour some sugar on me - Def Leppard
Should I stay or go - The Clash
She talks to angels - The Black Crowes
More than words - Extreme
Wanted dead or alive - Bon Jovi
Livin on a prayer - Bon Jovi
I want U to want me - Cheap Trick
Surrender - Cheap Trick
867-5309 (Jenny) - Tommy Tutone
Down Under - Men at work
Crazy train - Ozzy Osbourne
Don't you forget about me - Simple Minds
Tempted - Squeeze
When doves cry - Prince
Purple rain - Prince
1999 - Prince
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Rock with you - Michael Jackson
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Jump - Van Halen
Finish what ya started - Van Halen
Sweet child of mine - Guns & Roses
My best friend's girl - The Cars
Let's go - The Cars
Dangerous type - The Cars
Bye bye love - The Cars
Just what I needed - The Cars
Jack & Dianne - John Cougar
Pink houses - John Cougar
White wedding - Billi Idol
__________R&B/DANCE MUSIC__________
Play that funky music - Wild Cherry
Word up - Cameo
Brickhouse - Commodores
Jungle love - Morris Day
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
More than a woman - Bee Gees
Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
If I can't have you - Bee Gees
Jump Jive & Wail - Brian Setzer
Rock this town - Brian Setzer
Stray cat strut - Brian Setzer
I will survive - Gloria Gaynor
Ain't too proud to beg - Temptations
My girl - Temptations
Dec 1963 (Oh what a night) - Four Seasons
I love rock n roll - Joan Jett
Brown eyed girl - Van Morrison
__________CLASSIC ROCK/BLUES__________
Sweet home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Dream on - Aerosmith
Gimme 3 steps - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mellisa - Allman Bros.
What is and what should never be - Led Zeppelin
When the levee breaks - Led Zeppelin
Oh Darling - The Beatles
Drive my car - The Beatles
I Saw her standing there - The Beatles
While my guitar gently weeps - The Beatles
Back in the USSR - The Beatles
Rocky Racoon - The Beatles
You may be right - Billy Joel
Only the good die young - Billy Joel
Big shot - Billy Joel
I go to extremes - Billy Joel
Scenes from an Italian restaurant - Billy Joel
It's still rock n roll - Billy Joel
Roadhouse blues - The Doors
Pride & joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Cold shot - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Crossfire - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Texas flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
The sky is crying - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Scuttle Buttin/Mary had a little lamb - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Crossroads - Eric Clapton
Sunshine of your love - Eric Clapton
Layla - Eric Clapton
Before you accuse me - Eric Clapton
Old Love - Eric Clapton
White room - Eric Clapton
After midnight - Eric Clapton
Hoochie coochie man - Eric Clapton
Free fallin - Tom Petty
Mary Jane's last dance - Tom Petty
__________BEACH MUSIC/REGGAE__________
Three little birds - Bob Marley
I shot the sherrif - Bob Marley
One love - Bob Marley
No woman no cry - Bob Marley
Kokomo - Beach Boys
Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
Fins - Jimmy Buffet
Pirate looks at 40 - Jimmy Buffet
Cheeseburger in paradise - Jimmy Buffet
Volcano - Jimmy Buffet
Dyer Maker - Led Zeppelin
Drive - The Cars
All along watchtower - Bob Dylan
5 o'clock somewhere - Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Ring of fire - Johnny Cash
A boy named Sue - Johnny Cash
Walk the line - Johnny Cash
Cocaine blues - Johnny Cash
No shoes, no shirt, no problems - Kenny Chesney
Hey good lookin - Hank Williams
Two Pina Coladas - Garth Brooks
Thunder rolls - Garth Brooks
It's a love thing - Keith Urban
What was I thinking when we hooked up? - John Baldwin
Stay with me tonight - John Baldwin
__________SOFT ROCK__________
Lights - Journey
Simple man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Moondance - Van Morrison
Going to California - Led Zeppelin
Blackbird - The Beatles
Yesterday - The Beatles
Let it be - The Beatles
Imagine - John Lennon
Tears in heaven - Eric Clapton
Carolina in my mind - James Taylor
Fire and rain - James Taylor
Beth - Kiss
Your song - Elton John
Friends in low places - Garth Brooks
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Wonderwall - Oasis
Santeria - Sublime
Don't stop believin - Journey
Piano Man - Billy Joel
I love this bar - Toby Keith
Country roads - John Denver
American pie - Don McLean
Mary Mac - Irish
Wild Rover - Irish
Unicorn Song - Irish
__________FUNNY SONGS/NOVELTY__________
Down to the old pub - Irish
Under the Scottman's kilt - Irish
Hide your kids, hide your wife - Antoine Dodson
Grease Medley - Grease
Theme from Cops/ Bad Boys - Inner circle
Under the Sea - The Little Mermaid
Spongebob Squarepants - Theme
Free Credit Report Song - Free Credit Report Band
Dukes of Hazzard TV theme - Waylon Jennings
Brady Bunch - Theme
Gilligans Island - Theme
The Munsters - Theme
Before he cheats/before she cheats - Parody
Movin on up - Jeffersons theme
Mario Bros. - theme
Amish paradise - Weird Al Yankovic
One more minute - Weird Al Yankovic
White & nerdy - Weird Al Yankovic
Blame it on the alcohol - Jamie Foxx
__________WEDDING BALLADS__________
Lucky - Jason Mraz
Melt into you - John Baldwin
I'll be - Edwin McCain
I could not ask for more - Edwin McCain
Maybe I'm amazed - Paul McCartney
If I ever leave this world alive - Flogging Molly (irish song from movie PS I love you)
Love you till the end - The Pogues (irish song from movie PS I love you)
I wanna grow old with you - Adam Sandler (song from movie The Wedding Singer)
You're my better half - Keith Urban
How sweet it is to be loved by you - James Taylor
Have I told you lately - Van Morrison
I'll be your lover too - Van Morrison
Somewhere over the rainbow - Iz
Time in a bottle - Jim Croce
Come what may - Moulin Rouge theme
It had to be you - Harry Connick Jr.
Woman - John Lennon
Can't take my eyes off you - Four Seasons
You're the biggest part of me - Ambrosia
Thank you - Led Zeppelin
Unchained melody - Righteous Bros
Smile - Uncle Cracker
__________ORIGINAL SONGS__________
Walk away - John Baldwin
I can't feel you - John Baldwin
Just a little - John Baldwin
Mistreated - John Baldwin
Redemption blues - John Baldwin
Make a wish - John Baldwin
Nothing without your love - John Baldwin
Angel - John Baldwin (song from American Idol)
17th Street surfriders - John Baldwin (song from MTV Parental Control)

Influences & Inspiration

John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Train, Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with John Baldwin to find out what their setup requirements are.

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