Philadelphia, PA-based freelance acoustic guitarist-vocalist, averaging 150 social and business solo gigs annually since 2002. Extensive memorized repertoire, spanning decades and genres, Bach to Rock: classic-prog-soft-indie rock, standards, soul, R & B, lite FM, lite jazz, oldies, hits and album cuts, plus classical, instrumental, traditional, bluegrass, Irish and holiday music, performed 100% live and BY MEMORY -- no backing tracks, drum machine, lyric sheets, written music, tablet or screen. Ivy alum. General liability insured. Professionalism, musicianship and client satisfaction are my focuses.
Hired Scott to play for my father's 60th birthday with very short notice due to uncertainty around COVID restrictions. Instead of just blindly sending me a quote, Scott took the time to call me and speak to me about his quote and ideas for the event. Scott did an amazing job and was easily the best of all artists GigSalad sent the requests to, hands down! His list of memorized songs is impressive and extensive. I will be hiring Scott again without a doubt. Thanks Scott!
I was planning a surprise anniversary meal at a restaurant for my husband and I. I wanted to add romance to it and thought a guitarist would be great. With just three hours notice, Scott showed up and was able to play every song my husband and I requested. His voice is sweet, his guitar skills fabulous and his manner very pleasant and personable. Would definitely call on him again!
We recently had the privilege of having Scott perform at a very small family gathering to celebrate a birthday. Scott is very responsive to messages and very thorough and detail oriented when planning the event. He will answer questions you haven't even thought to ask yet! Scott has an easy presence about him and very nice personality. He has a terrific voice and is a walking jukebox with his large library of songs. We definitely plan on hiring Scott again for future events.
Scott came to a small Friday night happy hour at our house and really entertained us all! He is so talented and the kids danced to his jams and all had such an enjoyable night. He has so many songs committed to memory and is such a great addition to any event. We will def be calling him again!
Provided a musical background for my proposal of marriage to my fiancé. Our communication prior to the date has great and his performance was perfect. My fiancé is happy and so am I.
I hired Scott for a small backyard gathering on July 4th. Scott was professional and did a great job. He came on time and entertained us for hours. He took requests and interacted with the audience well. I would definitely use Scott again. Truly amazed he knew so many songs and all the lyrics as well.
Thanks again Scott for a good time.
I had the pleasure of hiring Scott for a small even in my NYC apartment last night. Scott came on time and very well prepared. He was able to adjust his playing to read the crowd, and take requests from his supplied repertoire sheets with many people commented on how voluminous it was!
Everyone had a blast and Scott's playing made the event very special. I will keep Scott in mind for my future events.
Scott is so pleasant and accommodating. He really goes with the flow. More importantly, his music is so nice. He played/sang at my 70th birthday party of 40 people. It was a get-together of people who hadn't seen each other for some time, so it was great to be able to have Scott's lovely music in the background and still be able to talk. Everyone commented on the great music. I would definitely recommend Scott and will definitely hire him for future events.
A storm was raging during his playing, but luckily he was under cover and still able to entertain our guests. Everyone enjoyed his music. Punctual and professional.
Scott played for my mom's memorial service and the reception afterwards and was a total pro -- both as a musician and a professional. He was easy and responsive in initial communications, kept in touch and was prompt on the day of the event. His playbook was perfect, based on our discussion and his understanding of the event as it evolved. Overall, a terrific experience and happy to recommend him!
Scott played at a rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding on Long Island on 5/31/19. I did not know him previously but was impressed with his resume and reviews of his previous work. We were able to get together on the event and he traveled from Philadelphia to play. Along the process he was always accessible and promptly returned my emails or calls. All our guests thoroughly enjoyed his musicianship and he entertained us all night. It was the perfect touch for the event and I am delighted that we had him play. Would recommend him to others without hesitation.
Scott played at my home for a big birthday party for my parents. Everyone loved him. He kept everything so engaged, requesting songs, singing and dancing along. We asked him to stay over 2 hours past the initial 3 because he was so fun to have. Highly highly recommend!
Scott performed for our holiday party. He was a big hit! Everyone enjoyed the music he was playing and he even took requests. He was very accommodating and very easy to work with. I highly recommend Scott for any event.
Scott Samuels played at my husband’s surprise 60th birthday party in Scranton, PA area Dec 2018 for about 60 people. Best decision I made planning the party. He was just as I hoped....great guitar and vocals...all recognizable, easy-going music....all my guests from the kids to the adults, mostly age 30–75, loved the music, which was enjoyable but not overwhelming. Got my husband to sing a few songs, accompanied by Scott. Such a good time. He showed up early, took little, if any breaks, had no problems. His music list is vast, and every piece he played was well-done. I couldn’t have asked anything more. I had reviewed many others’ demos on-line, and I felt his music was just what I wanted. If you like his music on-line, you will like him in person...I would highly recommend him.
Scott performed at our event at a retirement community. The music he played was fantastic. He came with a packet of songs that he had memorized that people could request. He knew so many songs by memory and played them so well. We received many compliments in regards to his entertainment. We would definitely hire him to play at other events!
Scott is very talented....what a beautiful voice. All my guests commented how wonderful it was to have him perform at our annual fall party.
He has such a large collection of songs...he met all my guests requests!!
Scott was perfect for our Ladies luncheon event, he provided excellent background music, and created just the right atmosphere for our event. He had a list of songs for our guests to select from and met all the request. All our guests were very pleased. He arrived on time, and was very easy to work with.
We hired Scott for our Rehearsal dinner and he was such a sweet soul and his performance was amazing ! We had so much fun! He replies to emails very fast and arrives in time.
Scott did an absolutely amazing job. We had a surprise 60th birthday party for my mom and everyone loved him. The ages ranged from 25-65 and every single person was enjoying the live music, dancing and singing right there with him. He was on time, professional, incredibly nice and extremely talented! I have already recommended him to someone else and will continue to suggest people use him for their parties.
Thanks again for making the party so special Scott!
Scott really is talented, I am so surprised I found him. He could sing so many different songs and it was beautiful. I needed the music to lighten the party, I was really looking for that special musician who could make you look and say Wow, that is amazing and beautiful. So many people at the party were asking who Scott was and where did I find him. A very nice touch to a beautiful birthday celebration.
Had a gathering for my fathers 70th birthday and Scott made it super special. He was easy to work with and knew tons of songs that everyone enjoyed, we had a wide age range and he entertained everyone. I would highly recommend him!
Scott played in our backyard for a 4th of July party for about 25 people for 3.5 hours. Knew hundreds of songs by heart. Took many requests. Talked with the guests. A real hit!
Scott did a tremendous job with the music at our church worship service which has very high standards and first-rate permanent musicians. He learned a song super short notice when our regulars had conflicts plus an emergency. Everyone loved Scott's singing and guitar accompaniment. Super professional, prepared and a delight to work with.
Scott provided a wide variety of music and his guitar playing was excellent.
My guests and I enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend hiring Scott for your event.
Scott traveled from Philly to Central Jersey to play our wedding. After talking with Scott on the phone for almost 10 minutes I gave him full control of the playlist for our wedding.
Scott was truly exceptional! He has over 700 songs memorized and played each one flawlessly. He managed to entertain the adults and kids at all the appropriate times. Over half our guests have commented on how great he was.
Scott, I can't say this enough. Thank you for being a part of our day!
My wife and I would highly recommend Scott for his punctuality, professionalism, musical talent, beautiful voice, and intuition.
Rob & Marina.
Scott did an excellent job ensuring this very carefully planned and time sensitive wedding proposal went as planned. He helped me to dot the I's and cross the T's on things I missed, very personable and great to work with! He was slotted to sing three songs, but added a fourth at our request and nailed them all! I could not have asked for more from Scott! Great performance, very personable, and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Scott played our corporate event and was amazing. Played a great variety and received compliments from all our guests. Scott is a true professional and was able to adapt perfectly to fit our event and audience by his experience and instinct with little direction his music choice and style fit perfectly. Highly recommended and a great value!
Scott Samuels is a very talented musician and singer with a massive repertoire of music from the from the past to the present. He is easy to work with and extremely accommodating.
I booked Scott last-minute when the band I was counting on backed out a few days before our big 4th of July Party (Musicians!).
Scott was able to fit me in after an earlier gig finished. When the weather started to turn, Scott was able to quickly switch his set up around without missing a beat. He sang a perfect selection of pop, folk and country tunes that quietly entertained folks while they sheltering in the barn from the weather. When rain stopped, he moved out to the pool area and rocked a couple sets. As the party mellowed out he took requests (the man knows everything) and the event turned into a old time sing-along.
With Scott Samuels at out 4th of July Party, we did not need any fireworks. I would highly recommend Scott to anyone who is need of a talented entertainer.
Scott played for our 50th birthday party and he was the perfect touch to our special evening. Our guests complimented his repertoire and talent -- many guests asked for his business card! He played a bit longer than scheduled which speaks for his professionalism and he communicated quite well to make sure he understood what we were looking for in a performer. So glad we hired him! Thanks Scott for making "50" a little less painful!
Hutch and I would like to tell you what a great job you did on our special day. My husband worked a lot of road tours and venues and said what a surprise you were, as he was very pleased with the selection and sound that you provided on our Wedding Day. We had numerous guest compliment of what a great voice you have and how you can change it to accommodate each different song. And of course they all asked where I found you and I say, "Gig Salad.com" it makes a conversation in itself. From the music at our home to the venue, your music was perfect and beautiful and we can not say enough, YOU made our day complete and we THANK YOU!!!!!
Again, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Theresa & Hutch
Scott was fantastic. I had a dinner party for my team and we invited Scott to our party. He was very accommodating taking requests and playing music the while night. Great guitar work and vocals were very good.
We recently hired Scott to play background music at my mother's funeral visitation, and then play later in the day at our luncheon. Our services were non-traditional, and it was exactly what my mom would have liked... Scott played all of her favorites (Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Elton John). He helped shape our day into a celebration of my mom's life, and lifted the spirits of everyone in attendance.
Scott was also wonderful to work with, especially during a difficult time. He blocked a few days for us in advance, and was flexible as our plans came together. Our family would recommend him in a heartbeat, and will likely hire him for future engagements.
Scott played for our 10 year anniversary vow renewal. Everyone loved him!! He sang all the right music at all the right times!! He even had a bunch of the group singing with him by the end. We danced and sang along for hours. It was the perfect entertainment for the night!
Our Associantion, had a conference scheduled and had entertainment booked. Unfortunately the talent had a death in the family and canceled 4 day prior to the event. I contacted Scott and he was very accommodating and smoothly took over the gig. Then he knocked it out of the park with his performance, pleasing even the toughest critics in our group. thanks for saving the day Scott, Carl
We recently hired Scott to play at our wedding and he was absolutely fantastic! He played for the entire event and did a great job of matching the music to the mood of the crowd. Many of our guests came up to us during the event and commented on how great he was and we have to agree. He is very professional, easy to work with, and his music is beautiful.
But by far the thing that stuck out to me the most was how much he truly cared about making our day perfect. He brought extra sound equipment, just in case we needed it. He offered to set up a mic for us to use during the ceremony. He asked lots of questions because he wanted everything to be just right. And although it was not a part of his normal repertoir, he even learned to play the song that my husband and I did our first dance to; and he performed it beautifully. He really went above and beyond to make sure that our event turned out just right.
I would highly recommend Scott to anyone who is considering hiring a musician for their event. He is truly fantastic!
We hired Scott for our company’s annual convention and he was affordable and very likeable. He started off with soft background music during our awards dinner and transitioned to more lively tunes for our casino night event. He was a great hit! By the end of the night, everyone in the room was singing along with him and complimenting us on picking such a great entertainer. They even gave him a hard time when it was time to leave; begging him to play one more song. We will definitely use Scott again without a second thought. He is friendly, easy-going and eager to make your event the best it can be. Kudos on a job very well done Scott.
I hired Scott Samuels to come play acoustic guitar for my husband's surprise fiftieth birthday party. Having live music made the party! Scott was amazing! He was unbelievably talented and had an enormous range of songs to chose from. The party was a huge success and I would not hesitate to hire Scott again for another event.
Scott was great! He helped make my husband's birthday party a success. He was very accommodating, his repertoire is amazing. I would highly reccomend Scott.
Scott was absolutely wonderful when he played at my cousin's bridal shower! From his quick responses to questions leading up the shower to his performance the night of, he was by far the most professional musician I have ever used for an event. He was so accommodating, easy to work with, and such a hit with the guests. Scott took requests, was attentive to the crowd, played songs in keeping with the theme, and allowed some of the girls to sing along and perform. He was set-up and ready to play when the guests arrived and stayed even longer than expected to keep the party going! An all-around joy to have at the party and definitely recommended for any special occasion :)
Scott was wonderful. He had a great list of songs, playing straight for over 3 hours. At the end, there were about 12 of us, sitting as he played for another hour, just listening. It was a magical night. I definitely recommend him.
We hired Scott for our 4th of July party. He was amazing !! Great singer and guitar player. Very friendly, entertaining and totally accommodating to all of our guests requests. Has a great selection of tunes. Priced just right, would totally hire him again for another event !!!!
We had Scott perform at our Senior Living Community of Father's Day during a Beer Tasting Happy Hour. The residents loved him. Scott came prepared to play anything they wanted to hear. He even let them write down all of their requests. I got great reviews and we have already invited Scott back.
the man is like a walking jukebox, he can play any request from any genre with perfection and with his own incredible slant.
Philadelphia, PA-based freelance acoustic guitarist-vocalist, averaging 150 social and business solo gigs annually since 2002. Extensive memorized repertoire, spanning decades and genres, Bach to Rock: classic-prog-soft-indie rock, standards, soul, R & B, lite FM, lite jazz, oldies, hits and album cuts, plus classical, instrumental, traditional, bluegrass, Irish and holiday music, performed 100% live and by memory -- no backing tracks, drum machine, lyric sheets, written music, tablet or screen. Ivy alum. General liability insured. Professionalism, musicianship and client satisfaction are my focuses.
Almost all of my repertoire was and is learned by ear. Arrangements are holistic and often pianistic. I do the whole thing, not just guitar and vocal parts, incorporating all parts from the recordings, plus a range of guitar techniques, improvisation and composition. I bring portable amplification to gigs. I can also bring several copies of my repertoire list, and folks can view the list online via smart phones. Requests are welcome. It's my pleasure to make music and entertain!
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Lowden O25-C custom acoustic guitar
Martin D28-MC custom acoustic guitar
Takamine classical guitar
PRS electric guitar
Portable PA system
Portable battery-powered amps (for smaller or outdoor jobs where there is no electrical outlet).
I am fully Covid-vaccinated.
Available for live performance throughout the Northeast U. S., Mid-Atlantic U. S., and beyond.
For information, a memorized repertoire list, photos, client quotes, and a link to .mp3 samples, please visit http://www.scottsamuelsmusic.com.
|Scott Samuels||Solo Acoustic Guitarist/Vocalist|
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See repertoire list, published on my web site.
For demos, a repertoire list, photos, client quotes, available dates and other info, please visit http://www.scottsamuelsmusic.com