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Perfect Cadence: Defining Moments in Our KSE Family

Toward the end of 2019, the Key Signature team decided to come up with a way to tell our audience about some of the great relationships we have with our musicians and how we became so close-knit. The bulk of our social media output is often focused on the event professional, although the professional musician is equally important. Check out some of these defining moments that brought us closer to the talented musicians who we consider to be a part of our Key Signature Family.


Jeff Brown

February 21, 2020 | Brandon Crumpton

We probably get the most “Thank You’s” from our friend Jeff Brown. Jeff and I have probably known each other for well over a decade. I think we were both trying to crack our way into the Charlotte music scene around the same time.

Jeff seems to be always working on his craft and trying to be the best guitarist and vocalist he can be. Anytime he’s in project mode we get a message saying “check out this new video” or “do you think this is something you can use?” He reminds us of why we do what we do and the impact our efforts have on musician’s lives and careers. He always says “I couldn’t do what I do if it wasn’t for you guys”. Thanks, Jeff! That is always nice to hear.

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Matt Miller

February 28, 2020 | Mikayla Mendels

Key Signature’s relationships with our artists is based on the mutual trust and respect we have with one another. This typically takes a little while to develop, but Matt Miller aka “Shorty” with the Flat Tire Trio had an immediate trust with our company. We started working together, and during the process of adding their artist profile on our website, they made Key Signature the contact on their website without hesitation. This was a huge sign of respect towards our company, and really made Flat Tire stand out to us.

Flat Tire is so easy to work with, and they always make our clients happy. We have a great partnership, and Matt is always willing to accommodate whatever crazy requests we throw his way. As we’ve continued to build trust and respect with each other, our partnership has only grown stronger, and we always love when we have an opportunity to work together. Thanks for always representing our motto, Matt!

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Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event. To learn more about Key Signature, visit our Who We Are page.

3 Live Music Ideas for Spring/Summer Reception

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Check out these 3 live music ideas for a spring/summer reception!


1. Reverend O and the Barnburners
If your client wants to Rock & Roll All Nite, consider Rev. O and the Barnburners. A 5-piece band with an impressive list of familiar rock and dance songs under their belt, this group of seasoned professional musicians is a great option to have guests Dance the Night Away. Reverend O can also add a female vocalist, or even downsize to a jazz trio for the cocktail portion of the event for an all-inclusive experience.

 

 


2. The Party Parrot Band
If your client’s event has a beach theme, they might want a band that brings vacation vibes for the reception. The Party Parrot Band, for example, is a Jimmy Buffett tribute band that is perfect for creating the ultimate beach party because they live and breathe the island get-away lifestyle when they perform.

 


 

3. Sidecar Social Club
Few things are cooler than old-time speakeasy-style music. Sidecar Social Club is a perfect option to explore for this theme because of how they blend old-time jazz, Latin, classic R&B, and big band elements to take listeners on a journey back to the era of prohibition.

 

 


Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

 

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event. To learn more about Key Signature, visit our Who We Are page.

3 Live Music Ideas for Spring & Summer Weddings

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Check out these 3 live music ideas for spring and summer weddings!


 

1. Minsky Demonte

Spring is coming early this year, and it’s almost time to start making beach plans. If you’re still putting the finishing touches on your wedding ceremony or cocktail hour, don’t forget about the music! Steel drums are a fantastic complement to an island getaway-themed wedding that will create a worry-free vacation atmosphere.

 

 


2. J’Michael Peeples

Jazz guitar is one of the less common musical styles you can find locally, and talented jazz guitarists are even fewer and farther between these days. J’Michael Peeples is one of those few, and is the perfect jazz guitar option to consider for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception because of his level of experience, professionalism, passion, skill, and the energy he radiates from his performances.

 


 

3. WireWood

An acoustic guitar and cello duo is a unique addition to an otherwise traditional springtime wedding. Greenville, South Carolina’s WireWood is a wonderful option to consider for a ceremony or cocktail hour because they have studied and taught their instruments at the collegiate level and offer a wide selection of unique arrangements of well-known songs, ranging from Top 40 selections to Frank Sinatra hits.

 

 


 

Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event. To learn more about Key Signature, visit our Who We Are page. 

Perfect Cadence: Defining Moments in Our KSE Family

Toward the end of 2019, the Key Signature team decided to come up with a way to tell our audience about some of the great relationships we have with our musicians and how we became so close-knit. The bulk of our social media output is often focused on the event professional, although the professional musician is equally important. Check out some of these defining moments that brought us closer to the talented musicians who we consider to be a part of our Key Signature Family.


J’Michael Peeples

January 17, 2020 | Mikayla Mendels

J’Michael Peeples was one of the first Key Signature artists I saw after starting my internship with the company in May 2017. You could tell immediately that he had a true passion for music – he did everything he could to play until the last second before an insane thunderstorm hit at Romare Bearden Park. Soon after I became a full time employee at KSE, J’Michael actually moved from Columbia, SC to Charlotte because of how often we booked him here in the queen city. He understood that the relationship between Key Signature & himself as an artist was a two way street, which build a really strong foundation of trust.

From him being a go-to artist for many of our clients, to us meeting up in NoDa for a drink, to him always showing up to support us and other artists at events, we know J’Michael Peeples will always have our back. He’s a true example of what the Key Signature Family means.

 


April Dean of Deans’ Duets

January 24, 2020 | Mikayla Mendels

One of the reasons we have such great relationships with our clients is because we work with artists that we trust, and who we can rely on to always make sure our clients are happy.

April Dean of Deans’ Duetsis a perfect example of an artist that represents this trust. We’ve thrown some crazy things at April over the last few years – from an ensemble playing between isolated columns of a balcony where her musicians couldn’t see each other, to a last minute booking where we needed a string trio to play pop music to choreographed dancing without a rehearsal. She’s always come through for us, she’s reliable, responsive, and has a great team of musicians that she works with. She even made the drive into Charlotte for our last artist meet & greet in order to continue to build a relationship with our team and the other artists we work with.

Thank you April for all you do with Key Signature!

Jennifer Siebenaler

January 31, 2020 | Brandon Crumpton
I met Jennifer Siebenaler years ago at her own birthday party. A friend of mine was friends with her now husband and somehow I got invited to celebrate with her. Now we are all friends! That night she invited me to her church. She told me she was the music director and that my friend was the drummer in the church band. She said it was a relaxed set up and very welcoming. I went and was blown away by her talent.
As time went by I discovered that Jen could play multiple instruments. I started to wonder, “What can’t she play?” We’ve been working together for 6 or 7 years now. Need an anthem singer….call Jen! Need solo keys and vocals….call Jen! Need dueling pianos….call Jen! The list just goes on and on.
The partnership got even stronger when she became an event professional on the buyer side booking other musicians. She could easily call up her own industry contacts, but she sees value in our day to day operations. She is one of the few people we work with that understands both sides of what we do here at Key Signature Entertainment, and we appreciate her for that! Thanks Jen!
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Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event. To learn more about Key Signature, visit our Who We Are page.

3 Live Music Ideas For Valentine’s Day Events

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Check out these 3 live music ideas for Valentine’s Day events!


1. Yacht Rock with Thurston Howell

Yacht Rock, or West Coast Sound, was quite popular back in the mid ’70s and early ’80s. Thurston Howell is a great option to consider for an awesome Valentine’s Day throwback dance party because they do a terrific job of recreating the sounds of classic soft rock hits.

 

 


 

2. Harp with Queen City Harpist

If your client is interested in more of a quiet evening with friends and loved ones, they may prefer a harp for background music. The warm and graceful sound delivered by Queen City Harpist is very ideal for bringing an atmosphere of elegance to your client’s Valentine’s Day event without interrupting conversation.

 

 

 


 

 

3. Saxophone with Letron Brantley

Whether playing solo or with a full band, the saxophone is the perfect touch to a romantic evening and a must-have for any Valentine’s Day event. Who wouldn’t love the sultry sound of a ruby red saxophone on the most romantic day of the year? Letron Brantley‘s signature red sax adds just the right aesthetic touch to his smooth playing.

 


Key Signature Entertainment

Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has lead the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award winning events through out the season.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting, and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure, and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704)568-1968 or go to our How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.

3 Live Music Ideas for a Winter Cocktail

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Check out these 3 live music ideas for a winter cocktail!

1. Frost-Meccia Duo
Pair the electric bass as a lead instrument with a saxophonist who delivers stellar vocals, and you have a recipe for amazing and unique live music. Frost-Meccia Duo is a fantastic option to consider for entertainment that will create a relaxing atmosphere and stand out at the same time.

 

2. WireWood
Acoustic guitar and cello make for yet another unique pair. WireWood plays a variety of genres from Top 40 to rock and their own original material, and are a great option to consider if you want to hear popular tunes with an unplugged, classical string flavor. Each of the members are longtime musicians, have taught their instruments at the collegiate level and bring a strong sense of experience and professionalism to every event they perform.

 

3. BellaNova Strings
Perhaps you like the idea of classical instruments with a twist, but need a bit more versatility. Although known primarily for their typical electric violin and cello setup and energetic pop/rock sets, BellaNova Strings can start off with acoustic instruments and more classical selections and add the electric strings to build energy as the event progresses.

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Tius, Brandon and Mikayla with Key Signature

Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the Who We Are page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.

3 Live Music Ideas for a Corporate or Club Holiday Party

Our motto is Good People, Good Music. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second, and we pride ourselves on the relationships that we uphold with our clients and musicians. Here are 3 live music ideas for a corporate or club holiday party!

 

1. Straight Fire
Style: Top 40/Party Band

If you’re looking for one band that can do it all, consider Straight Fire. These corporate event veterans are a perfect option to consider for a holiday party because they can play as small as a duo for more laid back portions of the event, or as large as a 12-piece band with a DJ/emcee and horn section to really bring the heat.

 

2. Reggie Sullivan Band
Style: Fusion

Looking for something really different? Reggie Sullivan Band is just what you’re looking for because they transcend the limits of genre, blending elements of many different styles to create an inimitable musical experience. 

 

3. Late Night Special
Style: Rock/Soul

These guys really know how to hold a groove. If your guests want to dance the night away or even just kick back and listen to some awesome jams, Late Night Special is the band for you.

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Key Signature Entertainment
Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has led the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 3 full-time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award-winning events throughout the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Provider of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision-makers in Charlotte’s hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”; we understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our 15+ years of expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704) 568-1968 or go to the Who We Are page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.

Hannibal- Unique Inspirational Theater

We love our magicians here at KS. But we can hardly call some of them that, because they are really so much more. We’ve been working with Chris Hannibal, better known as Hannibal, for a long time now. This Charlotte native has used his talent and personality to become one of the top magicians in the WORLD. Check this out!

 

Top 10 Magicians in North America!

Have you heard???  Charlotte’s very own, unique inspirational magic artist, Chris Hannibal, will be representing North America in the World Championship of Magic in July 2015!!!

Chris Hannibal has been enchanting us with his unique, close up magic tricks and inspirational theater shows in Charlotte for over 20 years!  Hannibal is talented and fortunate enough to travel the world with his craft.  Spending a lot of time living out of suitcases and hotel rooms, he endearingly documents his adventures as #gypsyboots and loves every bit of it.

Traveling the world being as experienced and talented as he is, Hannibal has made many friends along the way.  About a year ago, a good friend and FISM Grand Prix Champion, Shawn Farquhar offered his opinion that Hannibal needed more recognition from fellow magicians and suggested that FISM was just the place for it.   After watching Hannibal’s ‘Silver Memories” act, he felt that the act was beautiful and worthy of the award (See sample of “Silver Memories” here: http://youtu.be/S6zTyzyUlxE ).

For those of us outside of the magical world, FISM is THE organization that brings together the world’s best magicians in a competition for the most prestigious title.  FISM, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques, has been in existence since 1948 and consists of both national and international magic societies which are subdivided into 6 continental divisions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania.

Hannibal readily submitted a sample video of one of his close up magic shows along with over 200 other close up magicians.  He carried on his gypsyboots life until receiving a phone call inviting him to proceed with the interview process.  The FISM organization was tasked with narrowing down the 200 gifted magicians to a total of24.  Part of the process was completing very intense interviews with the head of the contest committee.   FISM was in search for not only the talent and entertainment, but the heart and soul of each presentation.  The 24 best magicians were invited to St. Louis, MO to compete for 7 slots available to North America in the world Championship next summer.  Hannibal moved on in the competition as one of the 24 magicians to compete for FISM North America.

Earlier this month, FISM held its FISM North America Competition.  The four long, competitive days complete with unbelievable talent was worth this incredible journey because Hannibal was awarded one of the 7 slots!  Hannibal says, “Support and inspiration from family, friends, and respected colleagues motivated me, and while you can be inspired by many things, you HAVE to motivate yourself, so that’s what I did”.

We look forward to following Hannibal’s gypsy boots journey to FISM World Championship next summer!  If you haven’t attended a Chris Hannibal show or motivational seminar, you absolutely need to! Who doesn’t want to witness one of the top 10 magicians of North America?!

 

If you want to learn more about Hannibal, click here!