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WHY HIRE ME?
AWARDS- Gig Salad- "Top Performer, 5 Star Talent, Best of Gig Salad, 50+ Reviews, 100+ Bookings and Virtual Performer"
The Bash/Gigmasters -"Best of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021," "Lifetime," Rapid Responder," and "Rising Star 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018" by for more than a decade of consistently booking live shows.
EXPERIENCE- I'm a full time guitar teacher and solo performer for over 20 years, after working across the nation in bands before that. I bring all this experience to my solo shows. This includes wedding proposals, ceremonies and receptions, funerals, corporate, private and public shows, cruises and more! I am honored and pleased by the awards from Gig Salad and The Bash/Gigmasters and appreciative of every client that hires me for their special event."
SPACE- While I sound like an entire band, I only need an area of 4' X 6' with AC power nearby. I bring appropriately sized professional amplification and instruments for audiences from 2 to 400. This means you can enjoy top flight live entertainment and still visit with clients, family and friends without shouting.
APPROACH- While I've done solo acoustic guitar and vocal gigs, I always craved the sound of a full band. Since I have my own professional studio for my Voiceover business as well as teaching, I decided to simply play the parts one at a time myself. I even do my own background vocals, just like most recording artists making a record. Live, I perform the lead guitar and vocal with these custom tracks to sound better than a live band and many times just like the record. Watch the videos and see for yourself!
VARIETY- "I have one of the most varied playlists of any solo performer or group. From blues to classical guitar to country, jazz, pop, rock and standards, I perform it. For anything not on this playlist of 200+ songs, I am happy to add your favorites to a break playlist. Whatever you're looking for, get in touch with me today. Together, we'll make your event unforgettable!"
CORPORATE CLIENTS: Alcatel, All My Sons Moving, Brinkmann Ranch, Champion Partners, Delotte and Touche, Dunhill Homes, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, EDS, Ernst and Young, Ft. Worth Convention Bureau, Goodman Homes, G.T.E., Hockaday School, Intermatic, J.C. Penney, Kroger, KPMG, Lennox, Main St Days- Grapevine, Manheim- Dallas, Medical City-Dallas, Mohawk Carpets, Orvis Store, PepsiCo, Pulte Group, Resource Texas, Southfork Ranch, Standard Pacific Homes, Storybook Farm, Texas Instruments, Toyota, Ulta Cosmetics, United American Insurance, Vineyard Vines, Whole Foods Market and many more.
In Their Own Words…
"Riley is a polished performer, who added so much to our backyard "ranch" party. He is kind, interesting and was willing to "fit" the theme. Everyone raved. He was the highlight, but didn't need to be in the spotlight. Thank you Riley!" Tracy H, Grapevine, TX
"Riley was an absolute pleasure to work with! He was friendly, energetic and had a great voice as well. He definitely made our event even better and we are thankful he was able to come out and work with us for the day." Julie S, Plano, TX
"Very professional and an amazing singer! From our initial communication and during the event we couldn’t have asked for better entertainment. Loved Riley’s genres of music and guitar playing. We felt like we were at a private concert. Thank you (for) a special night!" Jana G, Grapevine, TX
"We booked Riley for our wedding ceremony and he was exactly what we wanted. Before the event, he was quick to respond to our messages and had a wide selection of material to choose from. At the event itself, he was very professional and our guests could not stop talking about how awesome he was. I could not be happier with his services and would recommend Riley to anyone looking for a talented guitarist/singer to play at their event." Michael L, Dallas, TX
"Riley Wilson, what an outstanding (and upstanding) act. He showed up on time, was very professional and courteous. All of the equipment was in good working condition. Now his talent: Excellent voice, guitarist, and overall act. He played a little bit of everything (which I requested). Strait, Campbell, Hendrix, Eagles, Beatles just to name a few. His talents are endless. Everyone who attended has called or texted me and told me how much they loved his performance. My husband (the birthday boy, who plays a mean guitar) was very impressed! We will definitely call him again. Loved, loved, loved it. Thank you Riley for making this party a hit!"- Linda D, Gilmer, TX
Riley was fantastic. Communicated well throughout the booking process, was very reasonably priced and played a great song list that he allowed me to curate from his expansive list. He was super professional and talented, and it's cool that his music is more than just guitar and singing. He truly is a one man band! -Andrew R, Frisco, TX
Riley was the PERFECT MATCH for our event! He was early, professional, and amazingly talented! Someone who hadn't seen him yet asked what station we had the music coming from; when I told her it was a live performance, she ran in to see him! She was impressed and asked for his contact information for future events she works on for her company. Thank you, Riley!! Rhonda S- Dallas, TX
Riley was awesome! He plays so many different genres of music and does them all so well! All our guests commented on how great he was. And he was a great person to work with too, which just made it all the better. I would highly recommend Riley, and would definitely use him again for any event I have in the future. Gianni V, Plano, TX
Riley performed at my client event and he did not disappoint. From start to finish, Riley was professional, courteous, and very knowledgeable. Riley was on time to the event, dressed appropriately, and he seemed to know exactly what to play and when. I received many compliments on how great the music was. I would not hesitate to hire Riley again. He is a very talented musician, and knew exactly how to entertain our crowd. Thank you, Riley, for making me look good! -Jennifer N, Fort Worth, TX
Riley did a wonderful job from beginning to end. I very much appreciated his quick responses and professionalism. He showed early to ensure everything would go off without a hitch and did a great job playing at our Corporate Holiday Party. I wouldn't hesitate one bit in booking him again. -Courtney B, Dallas, TX
Riley did an absolutely outstanding job during his gig. Not only did he accolade the guest of honor, and played songs she wanted and knew, he interacted with the rest of the guests to make everyone’s experience very enjoyable! Riley has amazing talent and I would recommend for so many different occasions.-Mallory L, Huntsville, TX
We had the largest rain event this spring and it didn’t phase Riley a bit. He adjusted the volume and played inside a home for a large crowd. It’s was the perfect balance - we could enjoy good conversation and great music at the same time. Well done sir! -Justin S, Rockwall, TX
We hired Riley for our daughter's engagement party. I was worried about the entertainment "taking over" the emphasis of the party but I was wrong! Riley was absolutely able to correctly read the situation and fit right in. Our guests were surprised and loved his music. He was absolutely fantastic and it took a very nice party and threw it into a different realm. He was so popular with the crowd that we had to add extra time to his performance. I would definitely hire him again!- Brenda E, Dallas, TX
Riley Wilson is a CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL Guitarist, Musician, Artist, and Performer/Entertainer. Riley played his heart out for our Christmas Party and stayed until the end entertaining everyone with a variety of music second to none. Many, Many Thanks go out to Riley and his lovely wife for making our Christmas party P for PERFECT! -Vaughn G, Southlake, TX
Riley performed at our wedding ceremony and reception and did a fantastic job. He was extremely professional and so easy to work with. He has a great selection of songs and everybody in attendance had a wonderful time. We can't thank him enough for the job he did and for making our night so special. Highly recommend him!- Erik M, Ft Worth, TX
I waited till "last minute" (3 days) to think about entertainment for my wife's 40th birthday get together. I was unsure of what I was looking for but needed something or someone to keep the party entertaining while the guests socialized. Riley reached out to me within 15 minutes of my query on Gigmasters. Riley was very thorough and made sure he understood what i was trying to achieve. Riley's songlist was very diverse and had favorites of every guest. Riley was punctual, courteous, highly professional and he played nearly 4 hours with a few short breaks. Everyone had a great time and wanted to know how I found him. I highly recommend Riley! Thank You Riley!- Brian H, Frisco, TX
We hired Riley for our wedding ceremony. He was sheer perfection. He is super talented, personable, communicative, so easy to work with, and professional. He was exactly what we had hoped for . . . and more. We will absolutely hire him again in the future, and feel sure that anyone who hires him will be as pleased as we are. If we could give Riley more than five stars, we absolutely would have. - Christy L, Ft. Worth, TX
Riley is a true professional. He arrived early, sat up and started right on time. He is a marvelous guitar player and has a great voice. He sang so many wonderful songs. He blended with our "framily" gathering perfectly. We will certainly hire him again. Thanks Riley! -Olivia B, Granbury, TX
Riley Wilson was extremely professional and a real pleasure to work with. He has become part of the team now and we will be requesting him for future events. He is very experienced and talented, truly the full package. Thank you Riley -Karla A, Fort Worth, TX
Riley was perfect for our wedding celebration! He was so easy to work with and super responsive. His music selection was spectacular and our guests thoroughly enjoyed his talent...we highly recommend Riley and will definitely hire him for future events! -Elizabeth P, Pilot Point, TX
Riley played for our outdoor wedding ceremony and it was extraordinary. He exceeded all expectations! We requested a special song to be played and he played it beautifully. We appreciate so much how easy Riley was to work with and how enthusiastic he was; it made our day even more special! - Danielle S, Dallas, TX
We could not have picked a more perfect entertainer for our surprise birthday party event. Riley arrived on time and fulfilled every article of our agreement. He was able to satisfy musical taste for a crowd that ranged from age 3 to age 84. We asked for 70's and/or variety and he gave us just that....what a talent to cover so many genres!!! Beautiful renditions of rock, classical and country. I would recommend Riley without reservation. - Sandy J, Emory, TX
What a gem. Riley Wilson did a phenomenal job for our corporate event. Not only is he exceptionally talented, he has great rapport with the audience. He was extremely easy to work with – very professional. We will definitely schedule future events with Riley. -Lindsey F, Conroe, TX
Awesome performance and great experience! Songs for all generations. Really engaged the crowd and brought party alive. Very accommodating to requests. Would absolutely hire Riley again!! Thank you! Jeff W, Lenexa, KS
Riley Wilson is fabulous!!! Very professional, on time, and very talented. Great sound quality and knows how to get the party going! Riley was the perfect musician for our specific needs. Riley began by playing classical music for our pre wedding ceremony whiles guests arrived. And for the wedding ceremony, he played a beautiful rendition of Pachebel's - Canon in D. Riley then switched gears and played for the reception. He had all the guests singing and dancing!! Wonderful selection of songs for everyone!!! Riley got the party going!!! We had so much fun listening to his music. He had all the guests engaged in song. We would definitely hire Riley again. Outstanding! -Alison C, Frisco, TX
Everything you could hope for and more. I gave Riley very vague information for the party (my fault) and yet he pegged the group right away. He kept the party hopping and everyone dancing... everyone is still talking about how great the party was.... And everyone asks us about "the band". He is just one person, but somehow manages to fill the space and sound of a dance band. Really great and very flexible to work with. We booked him for 3 hours, but everyone was having fun so he stayed for another hour without a problem. He and his wife are awesome and I completely recommend them 100%. - Teresa P, Flower Mound, TX
Riley was absolutely fabulous! Everyone at the party absolutely loved him. Most in attendance are those who frequent charity events on a regular basis and they are a hard to please crowd. Riley pleased everyone! In fact, several have called me a referral! TO RILEY:Thank you for understanding our needs, catering to the event's multiple layer of activities...from background guitar while guests arrived, then surprising my parents, then entertaining us during dinner with the "right and appropriate" music. You were outstanding in pleasing this crowd...with everything from Willie, Clapton, Buffet, Garth, etc...you were awesome! Thank you from my entire family! :) - Kim H, Graford, TX
Riley was amazing in every aspect. He was accommodating to our requests, big or small, and just all around talented. We loved him so much, we've already booked him for our next corporate dinner. I can easily say he will be our "go-to" performer for all future events! -Jessica H, Dallas, TX
I had set up our corporate event about six weeks out. I was impressed that Riley remembered the small items and incorporated them into his performance. Riley is a very talented performer! So many guests commented about their experience and how much they enjoyed listening to Riley Wilson. Even the hotel staff made a point to share their positive impressions of Riley. I would recommend him to anyone who enjoys live music! -Neal M, Seattle, WA
Riley was more than I thought I would he would be. Everyone at the event wanted use him for their next event The best review I can give is I would use him exclusively from now on. Thank you! -Kevin L, Houston, TX
Wow, he was good! Riley is easy to work with so much to the point that I thought he's too good to be true...and darn, he's good, AMAZING! If you are looking for a musician, choose Riley Wilson and devote your energy to other tasks because he is the utmost professional and he will fit right in the groove of your event. Oh my, it's crazy how smoothly Riley carried the music for my wedding and reception and we ran late to our own wedding. He didn't need instruction or guidance and man he's good. I kept checking to see if it was really him playing or a track someone slipped onto the turntable. Wow, he's wonderful! -Andrea B, Desoto, TX