Wedding of Stuart and Lisa Hay on 5 May 2018 • Balbegno Castle
'We just wanted to get in touch to say A BIG THANK YOU for Soul Nation. Wow. What can I say?!
Firstly, Chris, as I’m sure you know, is amazing. I was really nervous when I got to the bottom of the aisle to meet Stuart and I could see him at the back, giving me a wee nod and smile, which reassured me. He had even texted to confirm what time they’d be there once they’d set off, which I appreciated – no other supplier did that. They were just a joy. Their cues were perfectly on point and, as you know, they have AMAZING vocals. We had so many compliments on them and people asking how to book them, how I found them etc. My favourite part was the song while we were signing (that Chris lead) Anytime You Need a Friend in the style of Mariah Carey. I have watched back the video several times every day since.
Our guests were all standing clapping, with their hands in the air, really getting into it. The whole day had a bit of a relaxed, party vibe, to be honest, which is what we wanted. This really set the tone and got us all going.
Please pass on my thanks to the choir members and Pianist. What a fantastic job they did!
Thank YOU also for being so accommodating of me during the booking and planning process.'
(Credit to Lisa Devine Photography for permission to use her images)
Beverley Lyons August 2018 review of Soul Nation Choir • Edinburgh Fringe at Gilded Balloon
'It was a one night only performance but Soul Nation Choir showcased a month’s worth of vocal power at their Edinburgh Festival show.
The passion filled troupe headed up by vocal coach and ex boy bander Chris Judge already count Susan Boyle, Tom Jones, Paolo Nutini and Lulu amongst their celebrity followers and collaborators and it’s easy to see why. Choirs are aplenty but Soul Nation are at the top of their game and boasted a repertoire of songs ranging from gospel standards like Higher and Higher to pop and rock anthems like Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River in their set. Their 'All Fired Up' gig at the Gilded Balloon Debating Hall saw a full house as the ten strong choir powered through anthems including an emotive mash up of 'This Is Me' from the Greatest Showman and 'From Now On'.
The buttery vocals of Chris and the gang made songs like 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough' and 'Shackles' by Mary Mary seem like a walk in the park. The troupe were joined onstage by beat boxer Bigg Taj and gave a modern twist to classic songs like 'Stand By Me'. They even managed to have some extra fun interaction during the performance with ‘karaoke’ style singing by plucky audience members.
It all added to the feel good element of the evening and it’s easy to see why the choir who were the featured vocal in the Red Hot Chilli Pipers version of Avicii’s Wake Me Up are a favourite at high profile gigs as well as weddings and theatre shows.
Roof raising anthems like I Believe I can Fly and Walking In Memphis really showcased the individual voices that make up this passionate group.
By the time the inspirational performers sang their trance fuelled rendition of Set You Free (as featured on their recent River City wedding appearance), and a finale featuring west end star Brian Leys performing Circle of life from Lion King, the Debating Hall was filled with a plethora of Affirmatives.
It’s a big yes for the talents of Soul Nation. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️'
(Credit to Kris Kesiak for permission to use his images)
I just wanted to touch base with you regarding our event at the Corn Exchange last week. The whole day was a massive success and our associates had an amazing day. The entertainment provided by Soul Nation was absolutely first class and everyone loved it. All in it was a brilliant day. Please pass on my thanks and regards. I would highly recommend them to anyone who was looking to have a corporate event or even a wedding as Soul Nation really were brilliant. Loved it'
Arlene Stuart • Radio Forth
'We love you guys. Great performance. Thanks for being part of Forth on the Fringe'
' Soul Nation were fantastic on Saturday night. The dance floor was packed and they were lovely to work with!
Lady H • St Andrews Cathedral, Glasgow
'Thank you for yesterday. Everyone loved your fantastic performance'
Donna • Prestonfield wedding
'Just to say how many compliments were have received about all you guys - people were truly impressed - but we already knew how brilliant Soul Nation is! Thank you again so much!'
Hollie and Terry • Signet Library wedding
'I just wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself and Soul Nation for the amazing performance on our wedding day The guests got such a surprise and the first thing everyone said to me was, “THE CHOIR!!!’ It really did make our ceremony so different and it was so great to hear how much everybody loved it. Their voices were incredible and they did a great job of being ‘awkward!’ I can’t believe it even took me as long as it did to consider having them there - it should have been a no brainer! Even Terry told me it was the highlight of the wedding'It was a fantastic event and the reaction Soul Nation received was amazing - everyone absolutely loved them! Thank you again - We’ll never forget what the choir bought to our perfect day!'
Arnold Clark • Hilton Glasgow
'It was a fantastic event and the reaction Soul Nation received was amazing - everyone absolutely loved them!'
Samim & Lorna • Wedding
'The choir were AMAZING! They were above all our expectations, and all the guests were talking about them for the rest of the day :)) The way they worked with the love medley was also fantastic, and considering it wasn't rehearsed, we were so pleased with how it worked out. Please pass on our thanks...they were terrific!'
Emma Kemp • Cash for Kids
'Soul Nation were awesome at our Sparkle Ball in aid of Cash for Kids. They had everyone on their feet enjoying a really lively set of rock, soul and gospel classics. The energy of the group was just incredible and infectious. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who wants to add a bit of sparkle and the Wow! factor to their event. Book them now!'
Easy Recruit UK
'Thank you for a fantastic opening set at our company's 5th Birthday Party, raising much needed funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. We appreciate the support and professionalism in how you guys conducted business, and we wish Soul Nation all the very best. If you haven't seen these guys in action, get along to an event and see them for yourself. Absolutely brilliant.'
Graham Mitchell • Exec Producer - Events • BBC Scotland
'A very belated thanks to you for the great job you did with the choir on the Hogmanay Show. The arrangement worked really well and the whole production of the piece was spot on, they sounded great. So many thanks again and all the best'
Tom Lovering • Commercial Director • PSP Publishing Ltd
'Soul Nation Choir were a dream to work with at the girls day out event. Their enthusiasm and energy was infectious. Amazing voices with performances that had the audience spellbound. If you're looking for the wow factor make Soul Nation your first call.'
Fiona Newlands • Scottish Water Business Stream
'What a great choir! They put on a fabulous show, full of energy and passion and they are first class singers. I felt Chris really cared about making our event a success and was genuinely excited about being part of it. It's good to work with people who are accommodating and will go that extra mile to make things work. No divas in sight!'
Steven from NSP Productions for Ayr Gold Cup
'Was a pleasure to work with the guys, I thought they were outstanding as did Race Course management.'
Judith • Wedding
'Thank you so much for being able to arrange for Soul Nation Choir to sing for us at my daughters wedding at really short notice. The wedding had an element of sadness but the choir were everything we had hoped for. They succeeded in lifting the service with their enthusiasm and energy which inspired the congregation to join in - applause in church is a first for Isel! The further singing at the reception venue was beautiful and truly endorsed the feeling of celebration and happiness which was really lovely, our guests (and staff) just wanted it to continue all afternoon.'