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Aboard the Flight Deck on The Intrepid this client company celebrated in grand style and partied with our DJ Jenny Sparks in the Space Shuttle Pavillion.

Perfect weather for an “out-of this world” product launch and a spectacular New York corporate event.

Corporate Event

On the Flight Deck of The Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and DJ Jenny Sparks


DJ Jenny Sparks Star Talent DJ

Star Talent DJ Jenny Sparks


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New York wedding first dance

First Dance Songs with a Folk and Indie Rock Vibe

Here are a few recent  First Dance Song selections recently picked by Brides and Grooms that have a Folk / Indie Rock vibe… all with a fresh and current style.

Listen Below:

“1000 Years”  - Christina Perri

“Stuck on You” –  Meiko

“White Dress” – Ben Rector

“Glitter in the Air” – Pink

“Falling Slowly” - Once - Original Broadway Cast Recording Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti

MORE  First Dance Songs that Rock!

MORE  How to pick the Perfect First Dance Song


For a beautiful Wedding Ceremony at the Villard Mansion inside the New York Palace Hotel our Star Talent Harp Ensemble performed a classic and elegant musical repertoire last weekend.

The Courtyard of the NY Palace Hotel and Villard Mansion

The Courtyard of The New York Palace Hotel and The Villard Mansion


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Star Talent Solo Harpist for Wedding Ceremony Music

Listen to Harp Ensembles

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PDF of Most Popular Wedding Ceremony Music

Special thanks to Leonardo Lorenzo and the excellent catering team at the New York Palace Hotel.  Bravo!

Destination Weddings Magazine

Star Talent’s Michael Taylor featured in  Destination-Weddings-Magazine

Destination Weddings Magazine – Spring 2014 Issue

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Selected as Wedding Music Expert

See top picks below for location inspired First Dance song choices.


Destination Weddings Magazine Spring 2014 Issue

Destination Weddings Magazine Spring 2014 Issue

Charles St. Paul Band

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Charles St. Paul Band performs Treasure – by Bruno Mars recorded live:



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Star Talent’s Michael Taylor interviewed by Munaluchi Bride Magazine right in time for the Bruno Mars Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Superbowl HalfTime Show Bruno Mars has 5 Favorite Wedding Songs

Superbowl HalfTime Show Bruno Mars has 5 Favorite Wedding Songs

The Top 5 Bruno Mars Songs for weddings and when we have been asked to perform them:

1. Processional- “Marry You” (Instrumental)

2. Couple Entrance – “Treasure”

The “Treasure” chorus with lyrics like “I know you can make my wish come true if you let me treasure you” is fantastic for your first appearance as Mr & Mrs. It sets the tone for a fun-filled reception full of dancing, while reminding everyone of the special love you share.

3. First Dance – “Rest of My Life”

4. Father/Daughter Dance - Count on Me

5. Cake Cutting/Last Song  - Just the Way You Are”munaluchi-bride

You can’t have a wedding without “Just the Way You Are.” Always a crowd-pleaser, this beautiful tune can work well for the cake-cutting ceremony or as the last song of the night.      

LISTEN to these Bruno Mars Song Ideas

MORE Rock & Pop Ceremony Music Ideas

Our Star Talent Wedding Ceremony Duo of Harpist and Violinist performed custom Processional and Recessional musical arrangements for this ceremony at the Bowery Hotel in New York City.

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Recessional – The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Hard to Concentrate” arranged for Harp & Violin


Bridal Party Song:  “Danger Zone” – Kenny Loggins

Bride Entrance:  “Sonata Pathetique” 2nd Movement – Beethoven

Recessional Song: “Hard to Concentrate” – Red Hot Chili Peppers


See the Party Profile on CeCi Style

Star Talent All Stars Band performed the wedding reception music at the landmark Central Park Boathouse in New York City.


Hey Michael,

I just wanted to write you a quick note to say thanks. To put it simply, the band was PHENOMENAL. We loved them. The guests loved them. Their timing and song selection were perfect.  They read the crowd and just kept things going perfectly. The highlight of the wedding for me was looking over at the dance floor around 11pm when Caroline and I were grabbing a moment of peace off to the side and the entire dance floor was packed and going nuts.

If there is a preferred site you have for reviews, please let me know. I would recommend you guys to anyone.



The Charles St. Paul Band performed for a wedding at the magnificent Capitale in New York City.

The Packed Dance aty Capitale and Empty Tables Everywhere

The Charles St. Paul Band, the Packed Dance Floor at Capitale and Empty Tables Everywhere

Star Talent All Stars Band performed at a Corporate Celebration Event held at the beautiful Jazz @ Lincoln Center Allen Room.

A Non-Stop Dance Party for a Favorite Corporate Client of Ours

The 14pc. All Stars Dance Band on stage at Jazz @ Lincoln Center

One of our favorite venues to perform for sure, The Star Talent All Stars 14pc. dance band played elegant jazz for dinner and music of every decade for the dance party that followed.

A beautiful stage is set in front of a 50ft. x 90ft. wall of glass overlooking Columbus Circle.  For guests that want to party with a classic NY view, the Allen Room truly delivers.


I know you have produced our music for years but this year was just amazing!!” 

~ Event Planner

Bandleader Greg Denard and his GDO Soul performs tableside for NY Knick’s legend Patrick Ewing.

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Bandleader Greg Denard sings at the table of Basketball Legend Patrick Ewing

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Star Talent’s Michael Taylor was interviewed by Destination I Do magazine about the important ways to make sure you get the best performance from your Wedding Band or DJ.



Society music

Star Talent Society Music Ensembles

Society String Ensembles

For an elegant Sunday brunch at the University Club of New York, our Star Talent Society String Quintet performed a wonderful repertoire of festive background music for a private party.

Star Talent Society String Quintet  piano/ violin/ viola / cello and woodwind (flute, clarinet, sax)

In the style of a Classic NY Hotel Salon  - Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Broadway themes and light Pop, Billy Joel, Elton John plus many more favorite artists.

LISTEN to Star Talent Society Strings

Star Talent provided our Origami Artist and Candy Sushi for an Asian themed corporate event at The Peninsula Hotel New York.



For a yummy Sushi Bar – complete with take home treats …

Candy Sushi



The Grand Ballroom at The Estate at Florentine Gardens

The Grand Ballroom | The Estate at Florentine Gardens

Hey Michael and Charles,

We just wanted to say thank you again for making our wedding day unbelievable.
You guys rocked, everyone was up on their feet which is exactly how we pictured it.
Its been great working with you!!!
Have a happy new year and thanks again for everything.
Becky and Jon

The Winter 2014 issue features ~ How to Have a New York Wedding

New York Magazine Weddings Issue Winter 2014 ~ Featuring Cheli and Peter

New York Magazine Weddings Issue Winter 2014 ~ Featuring Cheli and Peter

All Stars Dance Band in Wedding Profile 

Star Talent’s All Stars Dance Band “Flooded the Dance Floor”

New York Brides — to many NY Brides this is the only Wedding Vendor List anyone will need.  Here’s what they said about us:

Wedding Band New York

New York Magazine Wedding Issue

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MORE About the Star Talent Wedding Bands

At Star Talent Inc. our clients enjoy working with us to personalize every aspect of our musical performance.

From customized play lists and Dance Band attire to performance style and presentation, our passion is to reveal each wedding couple’s distinct musical vision for their guests to experience and enjoy.

Other New York Magazine profiles:

Reggae Stars Band New York

New York Magazine Weddings Names Star Talent’s Michael Taylor their Wedding Ceremony Expert

Star Talent All Stars Band performed for a wedding reception at the Park Savoy in New Jersey.


Star Talent DJ Phil performed at a corporate Holiday Party at The Breslin below the Ace Hotel.

The Wall of Sound at The Breslin below the Ace Hotel

The Wall of Sound at The Breslin below the Ace Hotel



“Thank you for sending DJ Phil to our holiday party!
            We had a blast, thanks to his DJing!”
                                                        Event Planner

Corporate Holiday Party Music & Entertainment in New York City

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Tips and Entertainment opportunities for Corporate Holiday Parties and Events  

* The Company Holiday Party should have a purpose.  Consider if the purpose is Employee Appreciation, then should it be employees only or with spouses and guests?  If you wish to invite Valued Clients, should that be a separate event? Where is the cut off as to which clients to invite? Would any client be offended if they learned about the party and was not invited.

* Decide if you wish to have a Dance Party or Non-Dancing Event. We provide music for both of these styles of Holiday Parties but which a client selects impacts the type of music and entertainment that will be successful.

* Is there an opportunity to thank guests for a successful year and encourage new goals for next year?  There usually is a key opportunity to present an award, acknowledge a succesful department or team or wish any departing or retiring employees well.  Client companies have given awards at holiday events that range from fun (Powerball tickets) to elaborate (family vacations).

* If the party is the reward for a great year, hard work or company-wide appreciation then let the employees know it.  Give the attendees an enjoyable time with fun entertainment and have them depart with a memorable gift. It’s not about expensive, it’s about caring about employee’s enjoyment.  Many client companies supply us with employee generated Music Play Lists for our dance bands and DJs so that party guests can dance to their favorite music. We feel we have a key role conveying the company message of appreciation to all employees and party guests.

* Don’t forget to acknowledge the person at your company that was in charge of planning the event. More often than not, this person or committee had to plan, book and produce this event while keeping up their normal responsibilities during a very busy and demanding time of year.  A gift card, tickets to a show or a day off in January is certainly appreciated.

* Know the style of party that suits your corporate culture.  Star Talent provides various types of music and entertainment services for corporate holiday events that range from Dance Bands, DJs, Themed Music Ensembles and Party Entertainers.

For a Holiday Cocktail Reception and Dinner

We have many corporate holiday events this season that are more casual in style. Clients have asked us to provide themed background music ensembles that target a specific musical genre, including these ideas:

Jazz Pianist & Ensembles                              French Cafè Music                           DJ Lounge Music

R&B Ensemble                       Rock & Pop Strings               Acoustic Guitar Ensemble

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Holiday Gospel Choir

Holiday Gospel Choir performing at a Corporate Holiday Party as guests enter the Ballroom

For a Holiday Dinner and Dance

Client Styled Music Playlists for our Dance Bands and DJs.

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Entertainment beyond the Music

This Holiday party season client’s have asked us to provide the following entertainment in addition to their Star Talent Dance Band or DJ.

Video Screens to show Corporate Highlight Video or Montage

Holiday Props for Photo Booth

Holiday Props for Photo Booth

Photo Booths that are fun and interactive

Holiday Carolers performing outside venue or during cocktail reception

Karaoke Packages with video lyrics and Karaoke Hosts

Tarot Card Readers and Fortune Tellers that are fun for guests that may not be big on dancing

Star Talent Sway Like Bublè Tribute Show

Star Talent Oh What a Night – Jersey Boys Tribute Show – With CEO participation up on stage


At Star Talent, our December Corporate Holiday Party Events include casual and youthful fun parties at Trump Soho, Press Lounge, and The W Hotel to more formal parties at The St. Regis Hotel, The Peninsula Hotel and The Four Seasons Restaurant… and just about every style of party in between.

Contact us to help plan the music and entertainment at your Holiday event by calling   212 541-3770

Morris Museum | Star Talent Kids Party Entertainment

What a fun party at a very fresh and unique venue!

The Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ was the setting of a fantastically fun Bar Mitzvah party.

A Night at the Morris Museum

A Night at the Morris Museum

Star Talent DJ / MC / Dancers shared the stage with a Star Talent Dance Band ~ plus Photos and Kids Games.

Fun Photos and Games at the Morris Museum

Fun Photos and Games at the Morris Museum

Our Star Talent Rock & Pop Strings performed at the W Union Square Hotel for a wedding ceremony and cocktail reception and our DJ Frenchy spun the music at their fantastic dance party.

On the Dance Floor at The W Union Square

On the Dance Floor at The W Union Square

See the great party pics from Jessica Schmitt Photography 

Many thanks to the excellent W Union Square catering team that always make our performances flow so smoothly. Bravo !

5 Star Review for Rock & Pop Strings and DJ Frenchy on The

5 Star Review on The for our Rock & Pop Strings and DJ Frenchy

5 Star Review on The for our Rock & Pop Strings and DJ Frenchy

Chuck Wansley Band vocalist and X Factor Finalist Elaine GibbsLast-Vegas-Movie

released her song “Last Vegas” composed for the new movie

Last Vegas

starring Robert De Niro. Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.

Congratulations to Elaine!

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“Last Vegas” available on iTunes

Listen to Elaine sing “Last Vegas”


Elaine Gibss Single "Last Vegas"

Elaine Gibbs Single “Last Vegas”

Our Star Talent Rock & Pop Strings are a favorite for contemporary wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions at Trump Soho.

Star Talent DJ rocked the dance party in SoHi, the hotel’s wonderful 46th floor party venue.

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The dramatic photo opportunities at Trump Soho make for great wedding pictures

See the beautiful collection of photos at Salwa Photography and we thank them for including us in their party profile.

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The Star Talent Charles St. Paul Band performed at the Harold Pratt House for a fun wedding reception.

Every Room at the Harold Pratt Mansion make for Amazing Photos

Every room at The Harold Pratt House makes for amazing photos

We always enjoy performing at the Council on Foreign Relations – Harold Pratt House and working with their excellent catering team.


The band was really amazing last night.  
I can’t begin to tell you how much everyone raved about them.  
They really went beyond all expectations.  
David & Lisa

Our Star Talent DJ has been asked back again this year to spin for the fabulous The Trump Soho New Year’s Eve event.

The fun begins at 10pm in SoHi, the hotel’s beautiful 46th floor party venue.

For more info about their New Year’s Eve packages, contact Trump Soho at 212 842-4502.

New Year's Eve Party at Trump Soho New York

We celebrated with our client Pivotal at a fun cocktail reception on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this week.

Our New York Style Jazz Ensemble performed classic jazz favorites and  party music for this fun corporate cocktail reception.  Ringing the NYSE Bell is a fantastic milestone for any company and we enjoyed providing the music to help celebrate along with company officers, employees and valued clients.

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We celebrated on the Trading Floor of the NYSE with festive music for their Corporate Event

We celebrated on the Trading Floor of the NYSE and provided the festive music for Pivotal’s Corporate Event Reception

W Hotel Wedding | Sway…Like Bublè

Sway… Like Bublè Tribute artist was singing and swinging for a fun wedding at the W Hotel in Hoboken NJ.

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Sway...Like Bubè sings for swinging wedding at the W Hotel

Sway…Like Bubè sings for swinging wedding at the W Hotel

Featuring all the best Michael Bublè hits

* Everything

* Home

* I Just Haven’t Met You Yet

* Sway

* That’s Life

* Feelin’ Good

* Cry Me a River

Star Talent NY Jazz Ensemble provided the elegant musical atmosphere at one of NY’s most beautiful event locations ~ The Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art last night.

The Temple of Dendur - The Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a Magnificent Event Setting

The Temple of Dendur in The Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a Magnificent Event Setting

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Surf Club | All Stars Band

Star Talent All Stars Band performed at the Surf Club for a beautifully scenic wedding reception on the water in New Rochelle, NY.


Star Talent was asked to provide our DJ Jenny Sparks for the launch of The W  New York – Times Square “Extreme WOW Suite” 

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W New York – Times Square New “Extreme WOW Suite”

Parties in Hotel Suites are not new, many grand hotels have beautiful ebony pianos in their vast living rooms but this is the only Hotel Party Suite we know that includes a DJ Booth. The W New York – Times Square provides everything but the guests for a fantastic private party.

Inspired by the excitement of Times Square after dark, the 1292 sq. ft. suite is located on the 57th floor and features a modern living room and dining room that synthesize glowing jewel tones with innovative LED lights, original objects d’art and custom furnishings, including a retractable bar table, circular bed and a built-in DJ booth that our DJ got to try out! The space can accommodate 16-20 people for an intimate dinner with a view or up to 65 people for a cocktail reception.

The W New York Times Square wants to attract couples who need a space for a non-traditional intimate dinner reception, engagement party or a wedding after party in the center of New York City.

To check out the Extreme WOW Suite, please contact:

John Benke ~ or 212 841-6642  See More

W Hotel New York

Star Talent is recommended by W Hotels throughout the NY Metro area providing DJs, Dance Bands and Party Entertainment for all of their Social and Corporate clients and we are proud to be partnered with this fantastic and innovative brand.

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The Peninsula Hotel celebrated their 25th Anniversary in NYC with a series of fabulous parties throughout their hotel last evening.

After a recently completed beautiful renovation, the 23 story hotel built in 1905 continues to blend the elegance of Old New York with a contemporary sophisticated design.

The night’s festivities included the launch of the hotel’s new restaurant and bar Clement, on the lobby mezzanine level overlooking Fifth Avenue and on the Rooftop, a beautiful skyline engulfed party at Salon de Ning.

Salon de Ning - The Peninsula Hotel's Rooftop Lounge and Party Venue

Salon de Ning – The Peninsula Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge and Party Venue overlooking Fifth Avenue


We celebrate with The Peninsula Hotel on their 25th Anniversary in New York City. peninsula-hotel-new-york-event-2

Star Talent is proud to be the Hotel’s recommended Music & Entertainment services company.

Providing clients of the hotel with Dance Bands, DJs, Classical & Contemporary String ensembles and all things musical ~ over the years.

The Peninsula Hotel | Fifth Avenue | New York


The eclectic European Duo and DJ combo, Jul & Co performed on the Rooftop at the Peninsula Hotel.

The eclectic European Duo and DJ combo, Jul & Co performed on the Rooftop at the Peninsula Hotel.



Included in the evening’s entertainment were the multi-instrumentalist European Duo, Jul & Co, the eclectic live music and DJ Combo performing at Salon de Ning, the hotel’s rooftop lounge and party venue.

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Just Rebecca Events ~ Digital Sign-in Board

Unlike weddings and corporate events, creating memorable events for large groups of children takes a talent all its own.

To learn what it takes to create the most fabulous Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties in the industry, we sat down with Rebecca Wolff of Just Rebecca Events to share her insight gained over the last 29 years.

Here’s how Rebecca chooses which venues to work with:

Q:   You plan Bat & Bar Mitzvah parties for up to 150 kids or more.  What do you look for when selecting venues for these events?

A:   When selecting a venue for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah for up to 150 kids, I look for a space that will help me create the ultimate dance party. It has to be a place with enough room to accommodate large groups of kids and other guests on the dance floor simultaneously because “a crowded dance floor makes for a great party!” I also look to make sure there is ample space to do fabulous kids’ games and activities to ensure that all kids are kept entertained at all times.

The Sugar Factory at Pine Hollow Country Club

The Sugar Factory at Pine Hollow Country Club

Q:   What should venue managers or catering teams consider before booking a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

A:   A venue that would like to be in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah market should not be set in their ways and be open to the idea that all furniture has to be movable as that will allow the client to bring in staging, lighting, and games.  If providing food, they should also have a kid-friendly menu with stadium and on-the-go style containers because that’s how kids truly enjoy eating! The pricing should fall in line with this more casual style of food and serving as well.

Q:   What has made you one of the most sought-after planners of Bat & Bar Mitzvahs in this very competitive New York market?

A:   I believe that I am most sought after because of the fact that I’ve been planning Bar/Bat Mitzvahs for 29 years.  My word, integrity, unique vision and love for the project put me in a league all my own.  My clients feel they can always count on me to be honest and come through a 100 percent.  Remember, this is all I do every day – making this very special day in a family’s life genuinely fun and memorable.

For more info contact Just Rebecca:

Concert Pianist Gleb Ivanov

Star Talent was asked to present Classical Pianist Gleb Ivanov to perform at a memorial celebration concert for a prominent American philosopher and scholar of constitutional law.

Pianist Gleb Ivanov Performed a Private Concert Performance

Pianist Gleb Ivanov Performed a Private Concert

The New York Times wrote: Gleb Ivanov “is a cut about the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.”

A sought-after concerto soloist, Mr. Ivanov has performed a wide range of concerto repertoire throughout the U.S. and internationally.  In Paris, he has been re-engaged four seasons by the Louvre Museum for specially requested all-Schubert and all-Chopin programs.

In recognition of impressive career achievement, Ivanov was awarded the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, which brought his Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall.

Star Talent Inc is a full service talent agent consultancy and music production company that regularly hires and produces artists of many musical genres for private concert performances.

Recent Celebrity Private Performances

GLAMOUR Magazine interviews Michael Taylor on picking your perfect First Dance. 


Star Talent Rock & Pop Strings and The Charles St. Paul Dance Band  performed at a fantastic Wedding at the Tribeca Rooftop. 

Joining The Charles St. Paul Band was Larry Gittens, the amazing trumpeter from Kool & The Gang and friend of the Bride & Groom.

Larry has played with Sonny Stitt and Grover Washington, among other jazz elders.  He’s also performed with The Stylistics, and was once musical director for Stevie Wonder.

He blew the roof off the party when he jammed with the band on those funky Kool & The Gang hits “Jungle Boogie” and “Hollywood Swinging”

Larry is the hot trumpet on several legendary albums from Stevie Wonder, Jermaine Jackson and the Pointer Sisters.   Bravo Larry !

Cheering Guests Loved Larry Gittens, Trumpeter for Kool & The Gang and Party Guest Surprise Soloist

Cheering Guests Loved Larry Gittens, Trumpeter for Kool & The Gang – Surprise Soloist and Party Guest


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