Singer-Songwriter, Ukulele Player, Pianist, Gigmaster's Best of 2015-2016, WeddingWire Couple's Choice Winner 2015-2017.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Since 2010 I have provided music for more than 300 wedding ceremonies, making me one of the most frequently booked wedding performer in the US. I will work hard to make the music for your wedding memorable, unique and beautiful.
Available for your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, proposal, birthday/anniversary party, or corporate event. Click "Get A Free Quick Quote" and I'll respond within 1 hour.
FREE SONG SAMPLE - Let me know what song you have in mind - I'll do a quick recording and email it over to you free of charge.
We couldn’t be happier with our decision to have Johnny play for our ceremony and cocktail hour at our wedding. When we heard his sample music on his website, we knew right away he would be the perfect addition to our wedding. Johnny was so accommodating and easy to work with. He was very flexible with song requests and even learned the song that I wanted to walk down the aisle to just for us. It was absolutely perfect. He met with us before the big day to play some samples and was so friendly and professional. I would highly recommend Johnny to play for your wedding or any occasion!
Johnny went above and beyond for our wedding! We hired him to play ukulele for our ceremony and piano for our cocktail hour and could not have been happier. We had a ton of compliments from our guests mentioning how great he was. Johnny nailed all of our requests, including twinkle twinkle little star from our flower girl at the cocktail hour, which made her so happy. He was excellent to work with leading up to the wedding and so quick to send sample recordings of our ceremony special requests. Could not have asked for a better experience. Thanks Johnny!!
Johnny was a pleasure to work with from the first time I reached out to him. He responded promptly and provided an amazing sample of a favorite song of ours within hours - we were blown away. Johnny worked with us on finding the right blend of music for cocktail hour and learned different songs we wanted to hear. The ukulele added a perfect touch to our outdoor wedding ceremony. On top of being an incredible musician and having an amazing voice, Johnny has an incredibly professional demeanor. We couldn’t be happier with our ceremony and cocktail music and couldn’t recommend Johnny enough!
We can't say enough about Johnny and what his music added to our wedding day. We were blown away by his talent and professionalism. His communication was excellent before, during, and after the ceremony. Our guests all commented on how much they enjoyed his performance and said " how did you find him, he's AMAZING!"
Johnny was absolutely amazing! There isn't anything he can't play and my guests left asking how they could get in touch with him for future events!
We hired Johnny to play at my grandmother's memorial service. "Over the Rainbow" is one of my grandfather's favorite songs and we just fell in love with Johnny's rendition on his ukulele. During such a stressful and sad time, Johnny made working with him effortless. Like a true professional, he found out where he needed to be and arrived early to set up and make sure all of his equipment worked as it should in the church. His performance was moving and had the assembled mourners in tears. It struck just the right reflective note as we remembered this amazing woman we had lost. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Johnny to anyone else considering his services. He is truly talented, very warm and personable and a consummate professional. My family and I look forward to working with him again in the future.
We had Johnny play during our cocktail hour of our corporate Hawaiian themed Christmas party. He was wonderful! And it was a great start to our evening. His playing set the time for the rest of the evening!! Would definitely recommend and even hire again!
Johnny was professional and easy from booking, through planning and set up and throughout the evening. Our guests loved the music. Great experience - I would definitely use Johnny for future parties.
There are no words to express how happy and grateful we are that Johnny was part of our wedding day. IF YOU READ NO OTHER REVIEW - PLEASE READ THIS ONE!!!! The ending is the most important part!
From the beginning, Johnny was unbelievably accommodating and friendly, and we knew off the bat we could trust him. We weren't necessarily looking for a ukuleleist, but Johnny's rendition of "Book of Love" had us hooked and we knew he was the right fit. From our first call, he made us extremely comfortable, and went above and beyond - he learned songs that were special to us, set us up with a violinist for the prelude and ceremony, and sent us an entire set list so we could put them on our DJ's "Do Not Play" list for the reception.
On the wedding day, he arrived early and was professional and friendly to all. Needless to say, his performance was flawless. Having live music made a huge impact on the ceremony, and he played the songs that were special to us perfectly. He is a VERY talented musician, and we received a ton of compliments about his performance! Perhaps most importantly, his rendition of The Luckiest (which I walked down the aisle to after he plated Book of Love for the processional) was beautiful and made my now-husband cry!
All of that would have been sufficient to warrant a glowing review - but what really matters is that Johnny single-handedly SAVED OUR WEDDING.
One of the waitstaff at our venue (which itself is top-notch and also handled this situation well) was trying to steal gifts that our guests had left in our card box. Johnny saw the man in the act of stealing when Johnny was loading his car after the cocktail hour, and the man immediately ran to hide -- Johnny didn't just let the man go, but chased and confronted him, demanded he return the cards, and immediately reported him to the venue.
Johnny is a true gentleman, with a strong character and integrity. Beyond the money he saved us, the emotional impact was huge - Johnny turned what could have been a terrible situation into a positive one: instead of feeling violated by the waiter's theft, we feel immense gratitude towards Johnny and are reminded the good people do exist.
We are "the luckiest" to have had him be part of our wedding day. No need to keep looking - HIRE JOHNNY TODAY!!!!!!!
Johnny came to our house to play piano and some singing for a cocktail party. He did a lovely job.
Nice and soft, not too overpowering. Showed up on time, well prepared, very professional. Would recommend.
My husband and I were so pleased with Johnny's piano performance. Our guests absolutely loved it. The style music and volumne was perfect for the setting and really brought a level of class and sophicication as well as entertainment. The piano performance really made it a special event that people will talk about for a long time.
Johnny was a fantastic choice for our wedding ceremony music. My husband and I knew we did not want to go with the very traditional, stuffy, and expensive harpist/violinst/trio option. We also knew we didn't want the DJ playing a pre-made track booming from speakers for our ceremony. I was so happy to find Johnny to play our ceremony music! He added a personal, warm, and unique element to our ceremony. He worked with my husband and I to come up with an amazing playlist, and even learned new songs for us! He played Somewhere Over the Rainbow when our small nieces and nephews walked down the aisle and everyone was in tears!
For those of you looking for a unique music option to really add a personal touch- definitely book Johnny!
I can't say enough good things about Johnny - he was an absolute pleasure to deal with. Before our wedding he was constantly checking in and asking us if there were any particular songs we wanted playing (he will learn if he doesn't know them). Then on the day he was punctual, a lovely guy and most importantly played beautiful music.
John is a terrific talent and was a great addition to my wife's surprise birthday party. He plays beautifully and has a wonderful voice. Personable. Funny. He fit right in. Everyone loved him. His ukulele skills were an added extra and he serenaded us outside on our terrace after playing our piano in the living room. A great find and a great guy.
Johnny is a great musician and singer, he made our special night magical!
We loved each and every song he played for us both piano and ukulele!
Johnny is the reason why you hear music live and not through a DJ or an Ipod.
I found Johnny by chance. We needed an organist for our Catholic wedding ceremony. We then decided that he should do both our wedding dinner .
Our priest loved him at Church. I don't say this often but this man can play an organ!
Johnny was superb at our dinner. He played a medley of Beatles, love songs, some current pop songs.
What makes Johnny great is that his voice is infectious (and not in The Voice kinda of way). He is and sounds like a classically trained musician. He adds his own "voice" to each and every song. We asked him to play Yael Naim's New Soul (from the Apple Mac Air commercials). He reinvented the song with his own cover. I cannot describe his voice but for a few moments, everyone stopped paying attention to the bride & groom.
We had a playlist of about 20 songs we wanted him to play. When he told us, he could only play 3. I was disappointed but now I understand. He won't play a song just for the sake of playing it. He wants to master it and recreate it.
Johnny was fun to work with. His music is spot on and he brought some ideas to the table that made our wedding day memorable. I would recommend Johnny to others.
Response from Johnny Herbert - Piano and Ukulele:
Thanks Adam, it was my pleasure. Best wishes to you and Kerri!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Insurance: $9,000 - Music Pro/Hanover
What to Expect
Singer, Classically Trained Pianist & Ukulele Player
Contact me for a combined quote - wedding ceremony plus cocktail hour. Available for your Wedding Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Reception, Birthday Party, Luau, or Corporate Event.
A 2004 graduate from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, Johnny has studied and performed classical piano music for over 20 years. Since 2008 Johnny has provided music for more than 120 wedding ceremonies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut,, Vermont, and West Virginia, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
Romantic and easily portable to any venue site, a ukulele will create a memorable soundscape for your special day. Common requests include "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "Can't Help Falling In Love." Please visit the media section for ukulele samples.
With a set list of over 300 songs, Johnny can play and sing standards from Gershwin, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, and the Beatles. Adding live music will enhance and enliven your party or cocktail hour. If you have a special song in mind and you'd like to discuss possibilities, please click the orange "Request Free Quote" button and I'll get back to you within one hour.
I sing and play..
UKULELE, songs like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "I'm Yours" (Jason Mraz)
instrumental CLASSICAL music like Pachelbel's "Canon in D" or Bach's "Prelude in C Major"
JAZZ STANDARDS like "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Fly Me to the Moon"
new WEDDING standards like "Marry Me" by Train, "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan, and "Feels Like Home" by Randy Newman
The song list here is just a start, the real list has 1000's of songs on it and I'm always happy to learn and perform new songs. Please check out my media samples, I just recently added one of my absolute favorite songs, "Make You Feel My Love."
Equipment: Yamaha P-140 Digital Piano, Kala Mahogany Tenor Ukulele, Fishman SA-220 Performance System Amplifier
**Bachelor of Arts Music(BA)-The University of Southern California
**Church organist/pianist - 15 years
**Co-Founder and instructor at Skylands Music School in Ringwood, NJ
Past Booked Events
|December 16, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 10, 2017 • 5:30pm - 8:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 02, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|November 25, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 16, 2016 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|November 28, 2016 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm||Wedding Engagement|
Over The Rainbow, Iz Kamakawiwo'ole
Can’t Help Falling In Love, Elvis
What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
Rhythm of Love, Plain White T’s
Here Comes The Sun, Beatles
Hey Soul Sister, Train
I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
Lucky, Jason Mraz
Marry Me, Train
Make You Feel My Love, Adele
You & I, Stevie Wonder
Feels Like Home, Randy Newman
A Thousand Years, Christina Perry
All of Me, John Legend
Everything, Michael Buble
One Hand One Heart, Richard Rodgers
Crazy Love, Van Morrison
Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
Imagine, John Lennon
Book of Love, The Magnetic Fields
Ave Maria, Schubert
Here Comes the Bride/Wedding March
Pachelbel Canon in D
Your Song, Elton John
Piano Man, Billy Joel
New York State of Mind, Billy Joel
Knocks Me Off My Feet, Stevie Wonder
I Want You Back, Jackson 5
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Rod Stewart
Haven’t Met You Yet, Michael Buble
Moondance, Van Morrison
Maybe I’m Amazed, Paul McCartney
This list is just the start!
To request a specific sample, please email:
Way You Look Tonight, Jerome Kern
Come Rain Or Come Shine, Harold Arlen
Every Time We Say Goodbye, Cole Porter
You Belong To Me, Sue Thompson
Hallelujah I Love Her So, Ray Charles
A Nightingale Sang In Barkley Square, M. Sherwin
Fly Me To The Moon, Bart Howard
Autumn Leaves, Joseph Kosma
I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Cole Porter
Love Is Here To Stay, George Gershwin
Moonlight In Vermont, Karl Suessdorf
Let’s Fall In Love, Harold Arlen
My Romance, Richard Rodgers
Can’t Take That Away From Me, George Gershwin
A Foggy Day In London Town, George Gershwin
Moon River, Henry Mancini
The More I See You, Harry Warren
When I Fall In Love, Victor Young
At Last, Mack Gordon
----Dean Martin & Frank Sintara----
Somewhere There’s A Someone
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face
It Had To Be You
Young at Heart
Come Fly With Me
Strangers in the Night
In My Life
I’ve Just Seen A Face
I Want To Hold Your Hand
Let It Be
Here There and Everywhere
And I Love Her
All You Need Is Love
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