Whether they are from the "state" of New York or the "city" of New York, New Yorkers come down to experience coastal South Carolina for their Charleston wedding, and they are so fun. Check out one of my very recent real wedding playlist posts about Kara & Ian from October 8, 2017 at the Historic Rice Mill. You'd be surprised at how many influential bands and musicians got their start in the New York City area. Put your headphones on and read over this blog as you begin to think about and design the perfect playlist with your DJ for your upcoming Charleston wedding.
Even though she grew up in the great state of Michigan, she moved to New York City in her late teens to become a dancer. She had stints in bands like the Breakfast Club and eventually got signed to her first record deal in 1982. At $1.4 billion in revenue, she has the most revenue from ticket sales of any solo artist.
He's got 14 Number 1 albums (a record for Billboard) and has received 21 Grammy Awards and back in 2009, he released an ultimate New York Song that gets thrown on the playlist at Charleston weddings all the time.
3. Alicia Keys
Her album "Songs In A Minor" was released in 2001 and has sold over 10,000,000 copies. She teamed up with Jay-Z in 2009 for Empire State Of Mind. I could not find the official video with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys for that version on You Tube. The version down below was released "Empire State Of Mind" part 2. It'd be a great dinner hour song for your wedding over at Harborside East or the Daniel Island Club.
4. Lady Gaga
With songs like "Just Dance" and "Paparazzi", she bursted onto the scene in 2008 and has barely been inactive since. Back in 2012, she collaborated with the great Tony Bennett with an album I've played at cocktail and dinner music hours around Charleston.
5. Cyndi Lauper
Her breakthrough album in 1983 "She's So Unusual" described her to a tee. She was a very "unusual" and the images of her checkerboard became iconic back in the 1980s. Girls "Do" Just Wanna Have Fun. Her signature song has always been a popular choice for the dying tradiiton of the bouquet toss.
I cannot think of a more influential hip-hop act than Run-DMC. Rolling Stone ranked them as one of the Top 50 musical artists of all time and for good reason! The first hip-hop artist to ever earn a platinum record. Run-DMC is always showing up on wedding playlists all around Charleston.
7. Norah Jones
The soft soothing voice of Norah Jones went mainstream back in 2002 when she released her first album "Come Away With Me". Her style is a mixture of jazz and a little bit of country and a side of Indie flavor. "Come Away With Me" has been become a favorite of brides and grooms for their first dance.
8. Beastie Boys
Another hip hop band from the New York City area. Are you seeing a trend here? They originally started out as a punk band but moved into hip-hop by the mid 1980s and released their mammoth album "Licensed To Ill"
Back in 1973, four guys from New York City got together. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss got together to create the band you never got to see on stage. Their makeup and stage antics have still never been duplicated. The track down below was their departure into disco in the late 1970s, but for the most part KISS was a hard rock band that eventually took their makeup off in the early 80s and became a hair band.
10. Ace Frehley
In September of 1978, each original member of KISS released a solo album. Lead guitarist Ace Frehley had the most successful one of all four. Originally, the British band "Hello" recorded this song in the mid 70s. Ace Frehley's version though in 1978 became the more popular version that charted all the way to #13 on the Billboard charts.
11. LL Cool J
Coming from Hollis, Queens New York, this rapper had huge hits like "Mama Said Knock You Out", "I Need Love", and "Around The Way Girl".
12. Neil Diamond
One of the biggest selling artists in the entire world comes from Brooklyn, New York. The song below shows up all over Charleston wedding playlists and is often heard at Boston Red Sox baseball games.
13. Brian Setzer
The lead singer of the 80s band "The Stray Cats" re-emerged in the late 90s with his a Rockabilly band "The Brian Setzer Orchestra".
14. Eddie Money
Born in Brooklyn and raise on Long Island, Edward Joseph Mahoney (Eddie Money) rose to fame in the latter part of the 70s and early 80s with songs like "Shakin" and "Think I'm In Love".
15. Salt & Pepa
I'm certainly not surprised that a female hip-hop and rap duo came out of New York City back in the 80s. There was a lot of amazing musical talent coming out of New York City back then. They were one of the first and best female groups in the musical genre of rap.
I know what you are saying. "There are only 15 artists?" No way. There are tons more, but to save time I posted just 15 of the big ones. For instance, you've LCD SoundSystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Taylor Dayne, Blondie, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambataa just to name a few more. There are lots more! Look for more of these "geographical" salutes to the hundreds of destination brides and grooms coming to Charleston for their wedding. The fall wedding season in Charleston rolls on and engagement season is right around the corner. Dates are beginning to fill for the 2018 and 2019 wedding seasons. Click HERE to begin to tell me a little about your upcoming wedding day. Let's get together soon.