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Bands in Columbia, Connecticut,
(860) 966-1661
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    Kathy Dwyer

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  • I cannot tell you how everyone said the band made the wedding !!They were so smooth and just plan awesome that everyone was smiling and dancing!! No one is easier to work with than Renee!! She “has your back “ at all times! True professionals! Played all types of music for everyone ! She worked very well with the bride & groom so much that they could enjoy the wedding!!! Excellent !! You must book them!!

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    Kathy, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure working with you in planning your daughter's Wedding! My favorite part of the day was when Kailey walked down the isle to meet Robert as the electric guitar version of here comes the bride was playing. That was the perfect song for both of them! They are both lucky to have you and we are equally as lucky that you trusted us to be a part of their special day. Please keep in touch. Renee and the entire Shaded Soul crew!

    T

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  • Shaded Soul was a blast to work with. Renee was not only happy to help us customize our wedding music but she also genuinely seemed excited to help us pull off a few surprises throughout the night. The band learned two new songs at our request and they absolutely delivered. We were so impressed by the energy, the quality of the musicians and their willingness to personalize our day. I would highly recommend them for your special day! We'd hire them again in a heartbeat.

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    Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We were more than happy to learn the John Legend and Darius Rucker songs for your special dances. It was also great to see that dance floor packed all night! If you have any fun pictures of people dancing please send them. I'm sure the band would love to see them. We hope to see you at some of our Summer Concerts next year! Take care, Renee Prescott and the Shaded Soul Band Members

    Kim B

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  • The Shaded Soul Band was absolutely phenomenal for my wedding. So many guests remarked how amazing they were. They are very easy to work with and make the entire process smooth and seamless! The band learned our first dance and the song selection throughout the night was perfect.

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    Hi Kim, All I can say is WOW what a night! The day was perfect starting off with the ceremony overlooking the water then an exciting party with you and your guests at Belle Mer. Thanks for having us provide the music for the start of the next chapter in your life! Please stay in touch, Renee and the Shaded Soul Band Members

    Melia/Vincent

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  • Shaded Soul played at my daughter's wedding. They were fantastic! We couldn't stop dancing. Every time we began to leave the floor, the music started again, and EVERYONE turned around and came back! I was disappointed I had to stop to eat dinner! The music is simply outstanding and infectious and gave a great, uplifting, positive energy to the event. I would hire them again in a second!

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    Hi Nancy, I'm so glad we were able to provide the music for Melia and Vincent's Wedding at Danfords on Long Island. There were so many people dancing that we didn't even want to stop! The best part of the night for us was when Vincent took the mic and sang (Black magic woman and Shape of you) for Melia. These special moments will be cherished by everyone for a long time. Thanks again for the great review. We hope to see you again at one of our Summer concerts. Thanks for a great day, Renee Prescott Shaded Soul Band

    Kate

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  • We hired DJ Soul to DJ at our wedding and couldn't be happier. She was 100% professional and made sure the music was the right fit for us and our guests. Renee contacted us a few times before our wedding to make sure we had all of the details sorted out. She made sure to play the type of music we told her we liked, while also reading the crowd and tailoring to the different age groups. Renee even took note of a song my sister mentioned in her speech and played it for us. It was a really special touch. DJ Soul is super fun and will keep your party guests on their feet. Wedding DJ's can be hit or miss sometimes, but you will have no regrets if you hire Renee!

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    Hi Kate & JJ, Thank you so much for putting your trust in me to provide the music that you and your guests wanted. Your family was such a pleasure to work with. Thanks again for the wonderful compliments. I really appreciate it. Take care, Renee Prescott (AKA DJ Soul)

    Suzanne

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  • Shaded Soul Band was one of my favorite things about my wedding. I knew that they were good judging from videos I'd watched beforehand and their good reviews, but I was truly blown away by their work at my wedding. They have such energy, verve, and joy for their work; we got tons of of compliments and when the dance floor opened, EVERYONE got up and danced! I've never seen that happen at a wedding! They also paced the energy of the reception really well with music, directing tables toward the buffet, and pumping up the crowd. They played music that we had requested and stayed within the general style of what we wanted, all while providing their own unique take on the songs. One of the best things was that toward the end, Renee sensed that the older people (grandparents, etc.) were feeling kinda left out by the music choices, so she asked me if we could change up the music a bit. This was unexpected but ended up creating some of my favorite memories of dancing with my grandparents, ... Read more

    Todd

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  • This coming year, my wife Sue and I celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. Part of what made our wedding day more special than we could have imagined was our good fortune to have booked Shaded Soul. If you've got a great band your wedding will be remembered for years to come. The band has a huge responsibility to set the tone and atmosphere for the entire afternoon or evening and you have one shot to book the perfect band. Shaded Soul was tight, brought their A-game with great energy, musical ability, stage presence, repertoire, punctuality and reliability. They were wonderful then and even more extraordinary now. “There’s nothing compared to live music; there just isn’t anything” - Gloria Gaynor

    Julie

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  • Beyond my wildest dreams. Music was a top priority for my (now) husband and me while wedding planning. When we came across the video from Shaded Soul Band, we knew we wanted them at our wedding. We immediately connected with Renee (the band leader). She's incredible. She brought up so many things that we didn't even know we needed to think of (i.e. color of linens for band tables to match the wedding). They even learned the semi-obscure song we wanted for our first dance. She's a pro - not just amazing at her craft (a very talented singer and musician), but also at working with all our vendors to ensure everything went off without a hitch (and even better, without our involvement!). THE BAND THO. The Shaded Soul Band is full of amazing talent (which you always expect), but also really nice, genuine people who went out of their way to make sure the energy in the room was high. I think one of my favorite parts was when one of the lead singers and the saxophonist came onto the dance flo... Read more

    Karen

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  • What a wonderful, wonderful evening we had for the rehearsal dinner of our son and his fiancé, thanks to the Shaded Soul Band. They were set up and ready to play on time, had agreed to learn songs that were important to our family, and interacted very well with all of the guests. I had emails a week later from guests saying that they were still singing songs from the evening. It is difficult to find a band that is not only professional, great musicians, but also fun. I highly recommend this talented and organised Shaded Soul Band.

    Julie

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  • Renee and the band are simply the best and were amazing to work with from start to finish. I am thrilled we chose them to be our wedding band; their music and energy are top notch and guests are still telling us how much they loved the band. In fact, two couples who were at our wedding in December have already approached me about getting Renee's contact information so Shaded Soul can be the band for their weddings.

    Audra

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  • I recently booked Renee & "Shaded Soul" for the first time for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum's big 10th Anniversary "Splendor" Gala in October--they were terrific! Renee was so easy, pleasant and professional to work with. It's my pleasure to give the band a 5-star rating. :) Extremely talented band/entertainers. I will definitely be working with Shaded Soul in the future! -Audra Antrum

    Joseph

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  • Shaded Soul Band was astoundingly good, and not just for a wedding band. One of the tighter bands I've ever seen live. Renee was super accommodating and responsive throughout the process. As a musician who loves music of many different genres, I made a lot of song requests and was very specific with which songs I wanted from their website. Renee and the band learned many of the songs I requested, and they absolutely nailed it. Their singers have tremendous power and vocal range, their sax player is amazing, and the bass player 'funkifies' even the most over-done pop songs and makes you appreciate them more than ever before. Simply put, the band is super tight. Renee herself is high-energy, charismatic, and a talented keyboard player and rapper! They even let me play trumpet with them, and we had a blast jamming together. My wife and I never left the dance floor the entire time Shaded Soul was playing, and my wife did a hoola-hoop performance to her favorite song that Shaded Soul Band h... Read more

    Elisa

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  • I am a talent buyer for the Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest and booked Shaded Soul Band in September. I can't say enough about the professionalism of this band but more importantly their talent and enthusiastic performance proved to be one of our most successful festivals. The crowd couldn't get enough of them and my dealing with Renee was very easy. Overall, a most pleasant experience!! I will definitely be booking them again!

    Mary Ellen

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  • Shaded Soul Band has played at the Glastonbury Riverfront Music Series 6 times since 2001 attracting over 3,000 attendees. They are outstanding musicians and singers who engage the crowd and get people up to the stage to dance the night away! I've been to smaller indoor events where they did an equally fantastic job. Renee is wonderful to work with and the band is always great. I highly recommend Shaded Soul Band!

    Amanda

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  • We hired Shaded Soul to perform at our wedding reception and a trio to perform at the cocktail hour. We received many compliments on how amazing the band sounded. They did an amazing job with our first dance song, All of Me, and learned a special song my father requested for the father daughter dance.

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