The Specialists
Essex Based Covers Band

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The Specialists - A Rock & Pop Covers Band Based in Essex

The Specialists were started 15 years ago and since then have developed and changed it to one of the best covers bands around. They offer an unrivalled sound and one of the liveliest stage shows you're likely to see form a covers band. The band are completely versatile and offer 5 amazing lead vocalists, a repertoire of over 500 songs and the experience of over 1000 gigs in the last 5 years. The band play a huge range of music including rock, pop, funk and soul from the 50s to today. They even include some Israeli music perfect for a Jewish wedding.

Top Class Musicians

The standard line-up is a 5 piece band with 5 lead vocals including male and female, guitar, bass, drums and keys. This band can offer various line-up options from a three piece of just bass, guitar, drums and vocals all the way up to a full 13-piece show band.

Along the years The Specialists have had the opportunity to back so very famous musical stars. They have performed Flying Without Wings with Westlife, Let Me Entertain You with Robbie Williams, The Look Of Love with ABC and (unashamedly) Is This the Way to Amarillo with Tony Christie. The members have also performed with many top acts including Bucks Fizz, Bonnie Tyler, Ant & Dec, Big Brovaz, Simon Webb & Jools Holland. They have also had the chance to performed at many of Europe's top venues including Earls Court, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham N.E.C & Wembley Arena. This goes to prove that the standard of musicianship in this covers band from essex is second to none.

Jewish / Israeli Wedding Music

The band offer a mix of Israeli music perfect for Jewish weddings. Here is a list of the songs they currently play.

  • Hora Medley including... Siman Tov
  • Moshiach
  • Hevenu Shalom Alecheim Mazel Tov
  • Dodi Li
  • Hava Nagila
  • Erev Shel Shoshanim Oseh Shalom

Essex Based Covers Band

Although the band are based in Essex they are willing to travel.

A standard evenings entertainment includes the following;

  • 3 x 40 minutes of live music.
  • Arrival at 6:00pm to be ready to go by 8:00pm.
  • Recorded music between sets.
  • Full Lighting and sound rig.
  • The main 5-piece covers band.
The Specialists repertoire list is one of the most extensive in the business. It covers tunes from the 50′s to todays top chart hits. With over 500 songs, it is pretty much a game of 'you name it we can play it'. All styles and genres are covered including, rock, pop, funk, soul, jewish music, jazz and swing.Here is a small sample of the list...

Current Hits

  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Born This Way - Lady Ga Ga Domino - Jessie J
  • Earthquake – Labrinth
  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams Forget You - Cee Lo Green
  • Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
  • Lego House - Ed Sheeran
  • Locked out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
  • Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5 & Christina Aquilera Treasure – Bruno Mars
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii
  • Your Song - Ellie Golding

00's Pop, R&B & Rock...

  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock
  • Amazed - Lonestar
  • American Idiot – Green Day
  • Beautiful - James Blunt
  • Beat It – Micheal Jackson / Fall Out Boy
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
  • Greatest Day - Take That
  • Hey Ya - Outkast
  • Hysteria – Muse
  • Holiday – Green Day
  • I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness
  • I Predict A Riot – The Kaiser Chiefs
  • She Said – Plan B
  • Shine – Take That
  • Somebody Told Me – The Killers
  • Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
  • Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  • Take Your Mama Out – Scissor Sisters
  • Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  • This Love – Maroon Five
  • Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  • Valerie - Amy Winehouse
  • You've got the Love - Florence & the Machine

90's, Pop, Indie & Punk

  • A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
  • A Little Respect – Wheatus
  • Angels - Robbie Williams
  • All the Small Things – Blink 182
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
  • Buck Rogers – Feeder
  • Basket Case – Green Day
  • Can’t Get You Outta My Head – Kylie Minoque
  • Creep – Radiohead
  • Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai
  • Dance The Night Away – The Mavericks
  • Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
  • Hit Me Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
  • Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams
  • Kids – Robbie Williams

80's, Pop & Rock

  • 9-5 – Dolly Parton
  • Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
  • Ain't Nobody - Chaka Kahn
  • Beat It – Micheal Jackson / Fall Out Boy
  • Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  • Come Up & See Me – Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
  • Don't Dream it's Over - Crowded House
  • Easy – The Commodores
  • Every Breath you Take - The Police
  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  • Have I Told you Lately - Van Morrison
  • Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
  • I’ll Be There For You – Rembrants
  • Jump – Van Halen
  • Kiss – Tom Jones/Prince
  • Lets Stick Together – Roxy Music
  • Lets Dance – David Bowie
  • Leave Your Hat On – Tom Jones
  • Like a Virgin - Madonna
  • Livin On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Love Shack - B52'S

70's & Disco

  • Ain't no Stopping is Now - Mcfadden & Whitehead
  • Alright Now - Free
  • Blame it on the Boogie – Michael Jackson
  • Brick House - Commodores
  • Bohemium Rhapsody – Queen
  • Car Wash – Rose Royce
  • Celebration – Kool & The Gang
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  • Dancing Queen - ABBA
  • December 63 (Oh What a Night) - Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
  • Disco Inferno – The Trammps
  • Does Your Mother Know - Abba
  • Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
  • Highway to Hell – ACDC

50's, 60'S, Soul & Motown

  • Burning Love – Elvis Presley
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
  • Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Of You – Andy Williams
  • Come Together – The Beatles
  • Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – The Blues Brothers
  • Gimme Some Lovin – The Blues Brothers
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles
  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • Sex Machine - James Brown
  • Stand by Me - Ben E King
  • Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
  • Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
  • Suspicous Minds – Elvis Presley
  • Think - Aretha Franklin
  • Twist & Shout – The Beatles
  • Why Do You Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
  • Wild Thing – The Troggs
  • Walking By Myself – Gary Moore
  • Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
  • You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Israeli Dancing / Jewish Wedding Music

  • Hora Medley including... Siman Tov
  • Moshiach
  • Hevenu Shalom Alecheim Mazel Tov
  • Dodi Li
  • Hava Nagila
  • Erev Shel Shoshanim Oseh Shalom

Sample of Jazz & Swing (Rat Pack....)

  • A Night In Tunisia
  • All Blues
  • All By Myself
  • All Of Me
  • All The Things You Are
  • Anthropology
  • April In Paris
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Beyond the Sea
  • Blue Bossa
  • Blue In Green
  • Blue Monk
  • Call Me Irresponsible
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Dancing On The Ceiling
  • Dolphin Dance
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Dream A Little Dream Of Me
  • Freddie Freeloader
  • Fly Me To the Moon

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to your team and the band! They were absolutely fantastic! The energy they brought to our wedding is something I will remember for the rest of my life. They even had my Dad (71) dancing all night, something he said he’s never done before. Thanks, Will - Married July 2017

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you from us all KIJ to you and all the guys from The Talent for an exceptional evening at the Jamboree. It was amazing! I've had lots of lovely comments from friends who were there to say what an amazing gig it was! Thanks, JO" - August 2017

"Just wanted to drop you an email to say A MASSIVE THANKS to the band! So many of our guests have commented on how fantastic they were. Music was incredible and I danced pretty much for most of the night! Please pass on my thanks to the band and also an apology for getting a bit carried away during my unique rendition of 'sweet child of mine' - hope I didn't burst any ear drums!!! Once again, thanks. They were absolutely perfect and a great way to end a fantastic day! Nic" - July 2017

"Hello! We just wanted to say thank you once again for being a great addition to our wedding, I danced so much my legs were killing me yesterday - so worth it though! We had and continue to have wedding guests comment about how great you were. Seeing our wedding guests fill the dance floor & sing their hearts out is a fantastic memory we will never forget. We will write a review on your fb page once back from honeymoon. Thank again, Mr & Mrs Foulkes - wedding May 2017"

On behalf of myself and my wife Lucy, we would just like to thank you and your team for everything that you did to make our big day just that bit more special! We received so many great comments from all our guests about both the band and the lights that you set up. The lights looked absolutely amazing outside the barn and the ones inside really did create the perfect mood. You got the colours spot on, and they created an amazing atmosphere just can’t believe what a difference they really did make.

As for the band, we are still hearing from our friends and family about how much of a great time they had – the band really did take it to the next level. We absolutely loved hearing you sing for our first dance, and we loved the colour changes for the lighting as well (and the two hearts – we didn’t expect that!). I’m sure you could tell how much our guests enjoyed themselves, know that some of them got a bit carried away so apologies about that, but you really did make sure everyone had a big smile on their faces and will definitely remember our day for a long time to come! Talking of which, I don’t suppose you lot are playing around Essex soon, we would love to come down and have a good night! Quick thank you also to the DJ – proper chuffed that he got Chas and Dave in there, know people all started to eat again outside, but I loved it!! Just to let you know as well, Harvey took some great pictures of the band so I’m sure we will be able to send some to you (we’ll ask Harvey first) but sure it will be fine! Anyway, thank you so much for all your hard work, hope you all enjoyed your evening, but just to say such a massive thank you for making our evening so special! Thanks once again - Dan and Lucy, Essex

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