To our dear clients — please feel free to leave us comments on how you felt about our services. Make sure to scroll down to read our reviews from our past clients below, or we encourage you to read our reviews on Wedding Wire.com and Yelp.com (even the "non-recommended reviews"). Thanks so much!
Past Reviews from our prior website
Megan and Stephen Nelson
Michael was fantastic! He sang during the ceremony and cocktail hour at our wedding, and then was our emcee and DJ for the reception. Not only was he a wonderful singer--you could feel the heart and soul he poured into each song we asked him to sing--but he was also a very professional--verifying he knew how to pronounce the bridal party's names--, yet a fun DJ who knew what the crowd needed and when. The songs he chose to play during the reception kept our guests on the dance floor all night! From the very beginning of the wedding planning process up to our wedding day, Michael and Still Listening Productions were responsive, easygoing, understanding, accommodating and professional. Many of our guests have remarked at how wonderful the music throughout the entire wedding was, and it wasn't just the songs we chose to have played; Michael made the songs more personal, more meaningful and more inviting. We would encourage anyone looking for a DJ to contact Still Listening Productions!
I will attempt to put into words how amazing Michael Tiernan is, even though I don’t think words do him justice … everyone should experience MIchael’s amazingness in person! My new husband and I hired Michael during the beginning stages of our wedding planning after seeing him perform live many times. I was super excited to have him do live guitar and vocals for our ceremony, but when I got in touch with him, I found out that he provided DJ services as well … what a find!!! From the very beginning, Michael was super attentive, fun, easy and pleasant to work with. He met with us several times to make sure our wedding music would be everything we had dreamed of. It turns out that it was so much more than we could’ve hoped for! He even learned a song for us that turned out incredibly, “Such Great Heights”, Iron and Wine style! It was completely beautiful. He also performed “I want to hold your hand” for our recessional, and it was the PERFECT tempo … a tempo he created all on his own! And as I walked down the aisle, he performed an instrumental version of Jason Mraz’ “I’m Yours”… when I initially told him that’s what I wanted, he sent me a sample of him doing the song with and without lyrics, so I could decide which I wanted…he is SOOO accommodating :)
Everything went so smoothly on our wedding day, May 29, 2011. Our guests continue telling us what a great energy Michael had and how much they enjoyed the music…and once the dancing started, Michael read our crowd perfectly and kept things flowing beautifully! He found a way to work in most of the songs we had requested to be played, and the rest were great too. All of his announcements were so classy and professional, while still feeling fun and easy going. We couldn’t have asked for more…my only regret was not acknowledging his awesomeness out loud in front of all our guests! My husband and I were so thrilled that we chose Michael to provide the music on our most special day! Highly, highly, recommend!!! Thank you Michael!
Lori M. O'Keefe
My husband and I hired Michael to DJ/MC at our wedding reception as well as play some live music during dinner and for our first dance. This was one of the best decisions we made for our big day. Michael is extremely talented as well as one of the nicest guys we’ve met. He did such an amazing job that we didn’t want the night to end and kept extending our reception so he would continue to entertain us. He played one of his original songs for our first dance (“You and Me”) and it was the only time I cried the entire wedding. It was just beautiful. We were married over a year and a half ago and I still have guests asking me about Michael and commenting on how wonderful he was that night.
Since our wedding day, we have been to some of Michael's events around town. He is so amazing and we will continue to be fans until the very end!! Thank you Michael for making our wedding day one of the best and most memorable days of our lives!! We would highly recommend Michael Tiernan to provide the entertainment for your special day. Just amazing!!!
Lindsay & Luke Fletcher
We had Michael play live music for our ceremony and cocktail hour and DJ/MC for our reception. He did a tremendous job and we were so happy with his work. We received a lot of compliments from our guests on his live music, many especially liking little twists he made to normal songs. After having gone to a wedding where a DJ was terrible, I am so glad Michael was the opposite of that. That terrible DJ spent a ton of time talking about himself and trying to crack jokes but Michael did a great job balancing MC-ing, when he spoke enough but not too much. He got the crowd excited for our entrances and directed guests to what was going on and kept the evening flowing nicely. The music selection was exactly what we had asked for and he was able to read the crowd really well. He is also very professional and responsive and was a pleasure to work with. He really helped make our wedding day the best day of our lives. I would recommend his live music playing and his DJings/MCing to anyone!! Thank you Michael!!
Michael was the best!
First, we had him perform live at our wedding ceremony, accompanied by one of the tremendous violinists that he knows. They played a beautiful and seamless mix of classical and contemporary pieces by Mozart, the Beatles, James Taylor, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, and Bach. It was an enormous outdoor venue, and the sound system he brought was completely up to the task. Our guests were awed while they waited for the ceremony to begin, and Michael’s music also stopped traffic along the bay walk, as dozens of strangers watched and listened to the performance. But nothing was as great as the combination of their live music and the image of my gorgeous bride walking down the isle with her dad. Easily the best moment of my life!
After the ceremony, Michael played live for our cocktail reception. He’s a master at gauging the energy in the room, then switching the vibes of his song selections (here I mean the mix of songs — but also of course all the easier stuff, like volume, tempo, fade-outs, etc.). We love a number of his original songs, so we had him intersperse those with oldtime favorites and some contemporary hits we requested in advance. It was awesome.
Finally, we had Michael deejay the reception itself. His sound and lighting equipment was great, and he did an excellent job as “master of ceremony” — introducing us to our guests, making special announcements, getting the mic to all the right people, carefully cueing nervous family members to start their speeches, and so forth. Michael even learned and memorized our wedding song (a quirky, off-air song from a Midwest band we love), so that he could perform it live for us later in the night. As I said, he’s simply the best.
Thank you, Michael, for the wonderful memories!
Eriko and Azmi
Where do we begin? We were lucky enough to work with Mike at our wedding at The Dana on Mission Bay two years ago. He not only DJ-d our reception superbly (people still talk about how much they danced at our wedding), he also played live music during our ceremony (amazing acoustic guitar) and cocktail hour. Music throughout our wedding day was really important to us and Mike was truly incredible at delivering exactly what we wanted and more. He was an exceptionally great emcee – always easy-going, professional and fun. He was also just incredibly gracious and easy to work with – he genuinely wants your day to turn out exactly how you planned. He really made an effort to get to know us so that he could do just that. He is also a great talent – he was able to perform songs for us that were not on his traditional list and he really just knocked them out of the park. He was always patient when we changed our minds and great at offering suggestions when we needed them. We cannot say enough about him. Thank you for everything Mike! We are so grateful and highly, highly recommend him!
Kristin (and Chris) Altman write: “My husband and I were referred to Michael by our wedding coordinator at The Crossings at Carlsbad where we were married and cannot say enough how amazing he was! He is such a versatile and amazing musician- we had him play the steel string guitar for our ceremony, perform at the cocktail hour and DJ the reception. Our wedding was inspired by old Hollywood and Michael even took the time to learn a few new Sinatra and Rat Pack songs for our event! Beyond being an incredible musician, he is absolutely wonderful to work with. He took the time to meet with us, work through all of our song specifics, and give suggestions when we needed them. The reception was so much fun- Michael knew just what to play to keep everyone on the dance floor all night long. Our wedding was the best day of our lives and Michael was a huge part in that. We would definitely recommend him for your special day! “
Kathleen and Eric Magnussen (married at the Crossings in Carlsbad, October 2, 2010) Kathleen writes:
”We hired Michael to perform at our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, and to DJ at our reception. In addition to being a versatile and talented musician, he is a genuinely nice guy who is fantastic to work with. Leading up to the big day, Michael really took the time to get to know us. I had complete confidence that he understood what we were looking for. During the reception I was impressed by how responsive he was to the mood of the crowd and to my last-minute requests, all while sticking to the details we originally planned. I can’t imagine things running more smoothly. I highly recommend Michael for any type of event you may have!”
Michael is SERIOUSLY the best! We really wanted a classy event and not a “cheesy” DJ at our wedding. You know the kind, they play some seriously bad songs, announce the bridal party like they are a basketball team and just aren’t what you had in mind for your wedding day.
Michael is seriously not that kind of DJ, and THANK GOD! He was amazing. Announced our bridal party with class and played amazing songs. We had some that we suggested and trusted him with the rest. Our wedding was a mix of old and young people and I LOVED LOVED LOVED how he played some of the oldies but goodies first and slowly mixed in some newer music. That way all of the older guests would dance and by the time they left the reception, since most don’t stay the whole time, the party was really getting fun with all the younger guests enjoying newer music.
I couldn’t be happier with his services. Such a nice guy and so professional. I would recommend him to anyone!
Michael came highly recommended by our wedding planner and we found out why! We got married on September 26, 2010 at La Valencia Hotel. After performing during the ceremony he did his acoustic music for an extended cocktail hour. The music he chose for that was perfect! While we were busy getting our pictures done we knew our guests were taken care of. So many of them commented on what a wonderful job he did! We then went inside for the dinner and reception we he continued to do an amazing job by being low key when needed and turning the speed up to get everyone on the dance floor! He did an awesome job reading the crowd! We danced all night! His announcements were at the right time and not annoying like some DJs can be. He took the time to learn what kind of music we liked and tailored the songs just for us. Michael is very professional, courteous, a great musician and we would highly recommend him to others planning their big day!
Theresa and Brian Van de Veer (married April 10, 2010 at Levyland, Carlsbad) write:
“We can’t say enough fantastic things about Michael Tiernan. Both his talent and authenticity made him the only choice for our wedding. He was very engaged throughout the entire planning process, offering suggestions and ideas on how to put our personal touch on both the ceremony and reception music – making everything as easy as possible on us.
He totally exceeded expectations on what we already knew was going to be an amazing part of the day. His live performance as we danced to our wedding song blew everyone away – our guests are still talking about the experience.
Our day wouldn’t have been as special without him. If you go with anyone else, you’re missing out.
Derek and Joyleen Maravilla
Michael Tiernan … you are amazing. We knew that you would be the best choice for our wedding ceremony and reception, and you did not disappoint. The church that we were married in did not allow recorded music – No Problem! Your live guitar playing and singing were perfect, and you kept the reception on track.
We highly recommend Michael to anyone looking to have a party. The preparation was so easy. We just told him some songs that we wanted and of course the ones we didn’t want, the music genre and he made it happen. With all of the different things that come up during the wedding planning process, the music was one thing that we knew was in good hands. If you are looking for a talented professional that can add an original and beautiful element to your wedding, Michael Tiernan is the musician for you!
Kristen & Skyler Carleton
I cannot put into words how wonderful Michael Tiernan is! Skyler and I first saw Michael playing live at a bridal expo at The Crossings (our future wedding venue) and immediately fell in love! He is beyond talented and I loved the idea of acoustic music during the ceremony and cocktail hour and a DJ during the reception. We immediately booked Michael for our wedding a year later and during our planning saw him play live a few other times and knew we had made the right decision. He was able to put a special personal touch on the music he played during the ceremony and I will forever remember how special it was. He was an amazing DJ and played all the right music! He was also very good at keeping us on schedule through out the reception which was beyond helpful since I had a million things on my mind. Michael went above and beyond all my expectations and helped to make our wedding day extra special and memorable. I would recommend Michael to anyone else in a heart beat and we’ll definitely continue to see him play live now that the wedding is over. Not only is he a great musician but an awesome person as well! Cheers!
Josh and Mieca Levy
First of all, Michael was the consummate professional. Everything on the business side of things went 100% smoothly.
Most importantly, he is INCREDIBLY talented not only as a musician but as an MC. He turned our wedding into a spectacular party with a combination of live processional music, a live happy hour with his three piece band, and live music/DJ services for our reception. He brought an energy and an enthusiasm to our party that was contagious.
Michael is a great guy, a pleasure to work with, and he really cares to make the big day as special as possible. He is the best!
Kristen & Don Haga
Michael is more than what you will expect him to be regardless what you hire him for. He truly is a master of music, professionalism with the perfect easy-going “coolness” you want at your event. Michael played live guitar/vocals for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and then DJ’ed our reception. We never met him prior to our destination wedding and somehow he made music planning one of the easiest things we did. He listened to the ideas and the vision we had, gracefully added some alternatives that we had not considered and created an plan that was spot on. Aside from am incredibly easy and comfortable planning process, the day of logistics were seamless and invisible to me. Possibly the greatest compliment came from our guests – we continue to get amazing comments on Michael from our guests. Interestingly enough, those compliments have applauded his musical talent as much as him as a person, an energy and a perfectly classy, low profile master of ceremony.
It goes without saying, he is an incredibly talented musician with a wonderful ability to sing and play the guitar. But, even beyond this, he is also the guy you would welcome to sit at your head table to mingle with your family and friends. Michael invests in his work very differently than most people in the industry that in all truthfulness can become repetitive. We would recommend Michael to any friend.
Thank you Michael for creating an amazing backdrop to a magical night. You will remembered for many years to come.
Aaron & Andrea
When anyone talks about our wedding I kid you not, it starts with, “Dude your DJ was awesome!” And then they go into how great the guitar playing was at both the ceremony and the cocktail hour. Then everyone talks about how great the music selection was for the reception! Michael was amazing in picking all the songs. We literally picked out maybe 25 songs and he picked the rest just seeing our song selection! It made that part of the wedding process so easy that we could concentrate on all the other stuff like flowers, cake, etc. We have recommended him to everyone we know getting married from San Diego to LA. One of our friends interviewed a bunch of DJs and told us that Michael was the nicest and most professional one of all of them! If you would like to talk with us about our experience with Michael, feel free to have him put us in touch!
Collin and Lauren Elliott
Michael created the perfect atmosphere for our entire wedding. From the ceremony, to the cocktail hour to the reception, his music made for a consistently perfect night. Michael’s experience made us feel at ease and he made the entire planning process a breeze. Not only did we get a great service for our wedding but we also got a great friend!
Bill and Michelle Maher
Good food, good wine and good music make for a great wedding. On the music, we absolutely got it right with Michael. He was fantastic and all of our guests not only loved it but we got great comments on the music long after the wedding was over.
Michael accoustics during the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner were unbelievable and then when we got the party started, his DJ skills were equally outstanding. The dance floor was packed!! Michael’s personality is what you would want from someone at your event and truly helped to make the evening as special as it was.
As a side note, my wife (and I agree) loved Michaels work so much, she was able to talk Micheal in to playing for my surprise 50th birthday party – another great event. Thanks Michael!!
Kalen and Katie
MT is AMAZING!!! From our first meeting with him, we knew we wanted him to be a part of our special day. He has an incredible talent for singing, playing guitar and is a wonderful presence to be around! He completely exceeded all expectations we had…and we even got a friend out of the deal! We have gone and seen him perform since our wedding and just hearing his voice brings back memories of the day. Thanks you MT for EVERYTHING!!
-Kalen and Katie
Tyler and Jennifer Kincaid write:
“People have told us three things about our wedding: it was beautiful, the setting was incredible, and the DJ was awesome.
We were referred to Michael by our wedding coordinator at the Crossings and it couldn’t have workout out better. In the pre-wedding meetings, getting ready for everything that had to be coordinated for the music, he was so great to work with. He really put us at ease in our dealings him (song selections, cermony music, communion songss) during those meetings, that we really trusted him and in his abilities.
Michael performed solo guitar at both the cermeony and the cocktail hour. His guitar playing mixed with his easy voice really helped to set the tone for the ceremony. He then switched to DJ mode for the reception. He had the ability to read what the crowd was in to and wanting, and made it all flow seemlessly. He was even able to find my the wedding song (for a 60th anniversary dance) for my wife’s grandparents.
We really couldn’t imagine having anyone other than Michael for our wedding.”
Elizabeth & John
Michael did a great job playing music for our ceremony. We got so many compliments on his talent and the beautiful music he played. He played all my favorite songs just great! He was easy to work with and flexible in playing our favorite songs even if they weren’t already on his playlist, he promised to learn them. We will always be a groupie of Michaels and plan to attend many of his future shows! We feel very confident in recommending him for any event you may need a terrific musician at. Thank you Michael and see you soon!
One of the best parts of our wedding, and we had an amazing wedding! We got Michaels name on a referral from another DJ that was a referral and busy for our day and we were so lucky to find him. He learned our first dance song so he could sing it acoustic with his guitar and the worst part is that I dont have any video of it! Everyone at the wedding raved about the DJ, he is worth all of the money, he really kept the wedding going and people having fun! I will hire him in an instant when we renew our vows!!!
Devyn and Jureyl Pancipanci (July 2, 2011, @ The Carlsbad Crossings) write:
“Michael, Thank you for making our special day so memorable. You were hands down the perfect entertainment choice for our wedding – our guests absolutely loved you and are still raving about how great and talented you are. We’re going to be sure to catch your performances around town and send you referrals whenever we can – you deserve it!”
Lindsay and Chris
Hiring Michael to play at our wedding was hands-down one of the best decisions we made. His heartfelt music and friendly personality set the tone for what was a dream wedding for us. After raving about the ceremony/cocktail hour music, guests hit the dance floor near the beginning of the reception and they never left!!! Everyone from our 3-year old flower girl, to our NYC 30-something friends, to our grandparents went nuts over the music!! I cannot envision our wedding running more smoothly (or being more fun!), and a lot of that had to do with Michael. He is a true professional, yet makes it look so easy. I would work with him again in a heartbeat! THANK YOU!!
Emily and Mason
Just wanted to leave a note about Collin, who works with Michael. We had dragged our feet in looking for a DJ because we knew it was so important to the feel of the wedding, and were afraid of what we’d find. Collin was referred to us by a mutual friend, and it was perfect timing. He put all our fears to rest! He was open to our style of music, and made some great suggestions. Collin’s live music was the best part! He is so talented, with such a great voice, and our friends are still talking about him. We want him to play at our friends weddings just so that we can sit and enjoy more of his music!
The New Mr. and Mrs. Jeff and Sarah Livingston, married Sept. 23, 2011, at L’Auberge Del Mar, write:
“Dear Michael and the Trio -
Thanks you so much for helping to make our wedding so amazing! It was such an honor to have you there. We’ve been going to your shows since the first time we found you at the Belly Up (’04!). What a dream come true to have you guys play for our closest family and friends! We will never forget how special you made us feel by personalizing some of the music – my mom loved “Sweet Home Chicago”:) We can’t thank you enough and look forward to more shows as well as your huge success. Much love,Jeff and Sarah Livingston
I didn’t have a lot of time to plan my wedding so I relied on the staff at The Crossings for recommendations. Alex recommended Michael to me and I’m so glad she did! Michael did such a great job! He is super laid back but organized and really listened to what I wanted. He was willing to learn new music for the ceremony and gave me exactly what I wanted for my reception. I could not be happier that we hired Michael and I hope to see him in concert out in town! Thanks again for everything, Michael.
Michael was absolutely amazing!! He made our day beyond special and he was so great to work with. I loved having him sing our first dance song live, and we received so many compliments from our guests about how beautiful his voice is. I would highly recommend Michael for any event. He is personable, classy and so talented! Thank you Michael for making our day so magical!
Kyle and Sarah got engaged on the show “Ellen”, and Collin played at their wonderful wedding at the Prado in San Diego – here’s what they had to say about Collin:
“Collin was absolutely AMAZING! He did a beautiful job with all of the music and songs! People were talking about how good he was and the quality of musical talent he had. He was very incognito too and it was like the music was just coming out of the air. We can’t say enough good things about him and how beautifully he performed. We (and our wedding coordinator) are definitely recommending him to everyone we know!”
Kylie and Pat Hargrave had an AMAZING celebration at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on Sep. 28th, 2012. Kylie writes:
“Michael, thank you so so much for the amazing job you did at our wedding on Friday!! I got so many compliments on what an incredibly talented musician and dj you are!! Everyone loved the songs you played. You set such an awesome tone for the night and Pat and I are so incredibly grateful for you!! Thank you for learning “The Way You Look Tonight” and “I Cross My Heart.” Both were so beautifully done…and don’t get me started on “Forever!” It was such an incredibly touch to have you serenade us. Even with the music in the background, your singing stood out and was so beautiful!!
Thank you for the awesome bridal party intros as well…they were so so so much fun!!
We have enjoyed every moment working with you :) ”
“I consider myself very honored to have performed wedding ceremonies where Michael Tiernan has performed. He adds a unique touch to the ceremonies by gifting us with his amazing talent as a singer – musician as well as DJ services. He has several CD’s out and is so creative in writing and producing. Music is his world and his love and it shows.
At the ceremonies you can hear his melodic smooth voice adding to the ambiance as the guest arrive, a sort of welcome in song as he masterfully strums his guitar. Relaxed and romantic songs are played. When the bridal party enters you hear him play so romantically adding to the ambiance.
His talents grace the entire evening as he plays the perfect background selections for the cocktail hour, it is like your own private concert quality music with the warm timber of his voice dancing on each note of his guitar. Then for the reception he switches to DJ and is expert at choosing the right music and the right time to get the crowd of any age up and moving and moving and moving. I am always so very excited when I know Michel Tiernan is going to be the musician / DJ at a wedding ceremony that I am performing at, because I know his music will be flawless. He is so accomplished he should be on a world tour selling millions of albums and he is the nicest, down to earth, gracious, and most accommodating man with a passion of music in all its forms.” Reverend Deborah Young
Jason and Meg Sturlburg tied the knot at the beautiful Temecula Creek Inn, and Collin provided just the right mix of live music and DJ’ed the party into the night. Here’s what Meg has to say about Collin –
“Still Listening Productions and Collin Elliott absolutely made our day. We are continually getting compliments of how amazing Collin was and wish we could have another day of listening to him. From playing at the ceremony through cocktail hour and dinner to switching gears as a DJ – every detail was fabulous. What a great musician and DJ to have on your team!”
Amelia married her man Adam Oxman on an amazing June day at the Scripps Forum beachfront venue. Here’s what Amelia had to say about Michael’s live music and DJ’ing:
“We cannot thank you enough for all you did to make our wedding day so special. Having you perform at our ceremony, cocktail hour and first dance song and DJ the remainder of the time was such an important component to our day. We love your voice and your talent and are so happy tht you were able to be at our wedding. It will be a day we will remember forever. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! – Adam and Amelia Oxman”
Sarah married her man Austin out at the lovely and hidden gem Keys Lavender Farm on August 11th, 2012, and they write in about their love for music master Collin Elliott:
“Simply, our wedding would not have been the same without Collin. He was very
involved in the planning process, and made it so fun.
We got married on August 11 at Keys Creek Lavender Farm. He played the
guitar and sang during our service, and he sounds amazing. He learned the
songs we asked him to, and was helpful in suggesting song choices when we
were stuck. He also played guitar and sang for our first dance. It was such a memorable moment.
He’s great at keeping the evening going, and keeping everyone upbeat. But he
doesn’t try to steal the spotlight in any way (unlike other dj’s I’ve seen
at other weddings. An he dresses the part, and looks professional but fits
in with the venue.
After our wedding, everyone wanted to talk to us about Collin. They all were
trying to find events to hire him for!I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a genuine, great person, and is extremely talented. I know things get very expensive, but he was more than worth the money.
We were lucky to find him, and are glad to be a reference of his.”
Thanks Sarah and Austin – we love you back!! C.E. and M.T.:)
Jason and Meg Stulberg rave about their September 28, 2012 wedding with Collin:
“Still Listening Productions and Collin Elliott absolutely made our day. We are continually getting compliments of how amazing Collin was and wish we could have another day of listening to him. From playing at the ceremony through cocktail hour and dinner to switching gears as a DJ – every detail was fabulous. What a great musician and DJ to have on your team!”
Kelsey married her man Joe Evans at the Lodge at Torrey Pines on April 27th, 2014 – she even sang to him (“I Wanna Grow Old With You”) accompanied by me on guitar, as a surprise during the ceremony – it was awesome! Here’s what Kelsey and Joe had to say:
“Michael – Thank you so much for all your help in executing my surprise during the ceremony for Joe and for your sweet wedding music. Joe will not stop talking about the fact that his new wife sang to him! I really could not have done it without your encouragement – and helpful video! We were incredibly happy with the vibe you provided during the wedding – from the ambiance music to the dance party. And we feel incredibly grateful to have worked with you – let me know when you’re ready to go on tour!” – Kelsey and Joe
Dave and Alia got married June 1st, 2013, at their home, with Collin providing the live acoustic jams for ceremony and cocktail, and rocked the party after. Here’s what they had to say: “Collin – SUPER DJ and Amazing Guitarist – To be honest Alia and I both love music so much, we felt we better interview a few DJ’s, this is the part that had to go right to make a party a REAL party and that is what we wanted. The day Alia met Colin she came home elated and said she was positive he was going to be incredible, the interview process could stop.
Colin exceeded our expectations by about 5 million percent, it was unbelievable and every guest loved him. He played all of our favorite music but threw in just the right amount of his own to keep the party going perfectly.
You are also a fantastic musician and your live set was awesome, another part that just made the whole day. Finally at the end of the night when Alia and I felt nothing could be more fun, Colin jumped up on top of the fence with his guitar, orchestrated a fire exit and belted out the Lumineers, Ho Hey, with more emotion and love than the band themselves. Alia and I were in shock and so overwhelmed with emotion we could barely speak. Working with you was like hanging with an old friend (completely effortless), we consider you a friend and hope to refer you and your company as much work as possible.
If we had to rate your performance on a scale of 1 to 10, we give it a 20! Again, every guest came up to us and said where did you find this person, we have never seen anything like it. You made the party a party and that is exactly what we wanted, thank you.”
Ahhh! So amazing to be a part of such a wonderful couple’s life! Thank YOU, Dave and Alia!
Erica married her man Brandon at the lovely Ranch House at Del Sur on May 24th, 2013 – What a celebration! Here’s what the mother-of-the-bride had to say:
“My daughter hired Michael Tiernan for her wedding last week and I can’t say enough about his skills as a musician, DJ, and emcee for the evening!!!
His rendition of “Marry Me” on his acoustic guitar had everyone tearing up as the wedding began. Michael has an impressive range. In fact, he was able to sing everything from Guns and Roses to Dire Straits to Sixpence None the Richer.
In addition to his considerable talent as a musician, is his ability to pace his songs to match the slow dance needed for the “non-dancing” father-of-the bride vs. the upbeat fun enjoyed by the groom and his mother!
Michael moved our guests smoothly from cocktails to dinner; from speeches to busting their moves on the dance floor (not an easy task for any DJ facing a crowd aged 3 to 72). Throughout the evening, the dance floor was NEVER empty – something I haven’t seen at a wedding in years!
Cory & Ashley
We had Michael play at our reception in Palm Desert, CA recently and he did an amazing job. He started out by playing acoustic during the cocktail hour and then followed by DJing the reception. It seemed as if almost every guest made sure to tell us how much they enjoyed his music through out the night. We had Michael play Dave Matthews “Loving Wings” for our first dance and he nailed it. So overly impressed with his ability and loved working with him. Went above and beyond to make our Special Day one to remember.
Cheryl Turkington’s daughter Sarah married her New Jersey man, Jake, on the beach in La Jolla, with reception following at La Jolla Women’s club. Here’s what she had to say –
“Michael, I want to thank you for your work at Jake and Sarah’s wedding last October 19th. As parents of the bride and financial backers of the event;-), we couldn’t be happier with their choice of music providers. At the wedding, the reception…you were just terrific, setting the right mood all along. And the Lumineers song at the end was an added bonus. Also, my husband & I were were both impressed when after closing his Father-of-the-bride speech with a line from a Bruce Springsteen song, you then played that song! Just perfect.”
We had the honor of having Collin Elliott perform and DJ at our wedding. From beginning to end, Collin was engaged and invested in making our wedding day special. He had the unusual challenge of setting up sound systems in four different areas, and did so flawlessly.
At the ceremony he played acoustic guitar. I will always treasure walking down the aisle to a beautifully played acoustic “Something” by the Beatles.
At cocktail hour he played a tasteful compilation of songs, keeping people of all ages entertained.
Dinner was perfectly mic’d up for speeches and had upbeat music at the appropriate volume for people to converse while still enjoying the background music.
For our first dance, my husband and Collin worked together to surprise me . Collin’s low-tempo, acoustic rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” left me in a state of sheer joy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Even my wedding planner, who has worked weddings for 20 years, said she has never seen such a touching first dance, and we owe that to Collin.
Collin kept everyone on the dance floor all night, sticking to some of our selections and making experienced choices from there.
Lastly, while setting up our sparkler exit, Collin made the exceptional call to play songs with which wedding guests could interact and sing along. It was another magical moment thanks to Collin.
Thank you Collin for making our day so special for our guests and for us!
Collin is the best! My wife had a difficult time picking a lot of vendors for the wedding but music was not one of them because we talked to Collin first. He made picking out the feel for the music easy with extended lists to pick music from and songs that need to be on the “must play” and “absolutely not list.”
At the wedding and cocktail hour he played live and it was unbelievably good! He is incredibly talented and was really able to set the tone for the wedding we wanted. Everyone couldn’t stop raving about how good he was throughout the whole wedding and as far as DJ’ing went – people wouldn’t leave the dance floor the entire wedding. The guy was incredible with ease, super nice, and great to work with. He really made our wedding and we are very grateful for him. At the end of the wedding he jumped on a table and played one last send off song with the entire wedding involved and capped off the best day of our lives while we danced it out.
The guy was one of the best parts of our wedding and we recommend him to everyone cause he’s the best. Thanks much Collin!
Jen and Bernie
When looking for our wedding musician and DJ, we asked a few of our other vendors for recommendations, and they ALL had Michael at the top of their lists. We then spoke with him and a few others. He followed up our call with a personalized video giving us a sampling of his acoustic performance of a couple of our favorite songs. At this point, Michael clearly stood out from all the others, and we had to hire him!
My wife and I live in Boston and were planning a destination wedding in the San Diego area. Overall, planning was a challenge being across the country, but Michael made it very easy to plan our music. Overall we couldn’t have asked for more from Michael. He was very professional, and genuinely the nicest guy. He went out of his way to learn a couple new songs for us for our ceremony, which he performed beautifully.
We had a change in schedule and added a new venue for our ceremony (separate from our reception site), and Michael was very flexible to accommodate the late changes.
Michael noted all the little details from all of our discussions to really personalize the music selection. My wife and I live in Boston, and during one of our conversations with Michael we mentioned how cool it would be to incorporate “Sweet Caroline” somehow into the music selection. Michael ended up surprising us at the end of the night by gathering everyone onto the dance floor and performed an acoustic version of “Sweet Caroline” while we all sang along. It was a very memorable moment, and a special touch to the evening.
Michael is truly awesome – as a musician, a performer, a professional and an individual. There is no doubt that we have absolutely no regrets choosing him for our music. If you are looking for a wedding musician and/or DJ, I highly recommend going with Michael, you will not regret it!
Scoop and Kendall Der
We had the distinct pleasure of having Michael Tiernan play/DJ our wedding last August. He was a delight to work with and a highly versatile talen. Michael was available throughout the entire process and even took the time to learn new songs that were incorporated into crucial parts of our wedding! When the planning got stressful, as it always dose, we were able to listen to the samples he would send us and the problems would melt away. Michael has a gift for taking classic songs and putting his unique spin on the in a way that just works. There is no doubt that our wedding wouldn’t have been the success that it was without the mastery of Michael Tiernan. He is a professional in every sense of the word and a bona fide rockstar. Therefore, it is with our highest recommendation and sincere hope that you will chose Michael Tiernan to play a role in your wedding, seriously, he’s legit.
Allison & JD
We live in Denver but just got married in San Diego. When we told our wedding planner what we were looking for she immediately suggested Josh Bonas. We wanted live music played during our ceremony, with a violinist, live music during our cocktail hour and then a dj during the reception. Josh met all of our needs. He has a great voice and was willing to learn and prerecord some of the songs so that we could hear how he would sound at the wedding. We did a lot of songs during our ceremony Josh had not done before, but when he performed them the day of our wedding it was actually how we imagined it. He was a great addition to the wedding. Our guests loved his live music during cocktail hour. He played country, rock, top 40′s, anything we could have wanted. It truly made our cocktail hour seem personal and more intimate. During the reception he played everything we requested. We had some pretty strange requests but he followed them and did an amazing job. Our guests raved about how great the music was, how great his voice was, and how nice and professional he was. If I had to do our wedding all over again I would chose Josh every time. He was very accommodating with helping us out long distance, and meeting with us when we happened to be in San Diego. He is a great guy and whenever I am in San Diego I will look him up to hear him perform. I would offer Josh the highest of recommendations and even let Josh know if any of his future clients have any questions they can please reach out to me.
Michael was the musician and DJ at our wedding a few weeks ago in April. We had heard that he was the best in town when we booked him last year, and there is a reason he and his company have that reputation. Not only is Michael an extremely talented singer/songwriter who can play any song you request, he is an awesome emcee for any event and can really get the party started. Through the planning process, he was so easy to work with and incredibly helpful with all of our questions and silly requests. On our special day, Michael created an emotional and loving ceremony experience, a casual and chill cocktail hour and an awesome party with his songs, voice and awesome DJ skills. Our dance floor was never empty! He even surprised me by learning a special song from my favorite artist and played is acoustically during dinner. All of my loved ones and friends raved about how awesome Michael was and what a great party he created, and my husband Jeff and I cannot thank him enough!
Michael is amazing! We were blessed enough to have Michael DJ our wedding in April and we still have people talking about how wonderful he was! His acoustic set was perfect. He took the time to perfect our requested songs to make the ceremony, procession and recession extremely meaningful, touching and absolutely flawless. He then also did a live set during cocktail hour and dinner, which made the time so much more fun, and even worked with my dad to work some songs into his speech to make it unforgettable (I am smiling as I type). One of the things that I loved about working with Michael is he makes everything so easy. We had a very creative grand entrance and he scheduled a separate call just to make sure he got it all and made all of our crazy requests seem like no big deal. Michael puts the heart, thought and time into making your event exceed your dreams. He put so much thought into our song selections to play some of our favorite genres and artists (even ones I mentioned off the cuff he remembered) and just made our wedding the best party ever. I cannot explain how great of a job Michael did and I would absolutely recommend and hire him again in a heartbeat. Thank you Michael for helping to give us the BEST wedding ever!! Lauren & Anthony
Jon and Laura
When my fiancé (Laura) was planning our wedding reception, one of my biggest concerns was the music. I’ve been to many receptions where there is an obnoxious DJ playing music at about 200 decibels and demanding that people get on the dance floor. Laura assured me that Tolan was understanding of my concerns and wanted to help us have the type of event that we hoped for. When she told me he was also a talented musician, I was sold. Musicians understand people as well as music.
Tolan put together our playlist and program that was perfect for the event. The dance floor was always crowded with guests having a great time.
Tolan acted as the Master of Ceremonies, DJ and Facilitator all in one. He is very professional, talented and humble and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to ensure their event is not just successful, but memorable as well.
Hi, this is laura, and I am happily married to Jon who just wrote the last review. I just want to add that Tolan was a pleasure to work with and, really, so talented. He writes and performs his own music, which he played at the cocktail hour, and played all our favorites tunes during the dinner reception. Believe me, when your guests (young and old) are still talking about Tolan’s talent, the music and how much fun they had months later, you know you were blessed!
My husband and I were so blessed to have Michael play at our ceremony/cocktail hour for our wedding. He was SO great and really made it so special for us. He did exactly what we wanted and it was better than we could ever have imagined. We highly recommend him and think he is so great at what he does! A huge thank you to Michael for helping make our wedding day absolutely perfect for us! Daniel & Stephanie
I hired Jonny Tarr for my big day without ever having met him. I just had a good vibe that he was the one that would make my wedding an epic celebration. It’s now been a week since my husband and I got married and all of our guests are still talking about how amazing the music was from the ceremony to the last song of the reception. People who didn’t even attend have been commenting on how they heard our music was the best at any wedding they had ever heard. My husband and I are both in the military and our group of friends attends a lot of weddings so that is saying a lot. I came down the aisle to an acoustic version of “All of Me”, the cocktail hour led to some live Coldplay and Bruno Mars and we entered the ballroom to an emceed “Turn Down for What” to start the party off right. I get chills thinking about how amazing the music was and how talented Jonny and Michael both are. Not to mention they are absolute gentlemen and super fun and Jonny’s accent is awesome. I would recommend them to any couple getting married hands down every single time. Thank you so much Jonny and Michael! You guys were the game changers of our big day.
Michel Tiernan with Still Listening Productions is a talented musician…who also DJs. He arranged a beautiful Beatles acoustic set for my ceremony (per my request), sang and played acoustic guitar during my cocktail hour, then transitioned into my DJ. He was AMAZING! Prior to the wedding, he helped us plan our music, allowing our selections to be both unique and fitting for the ambiance we were hoping to create for our big day. I would HIGHLY recommend him for any type of wedding and any other event. He did an beautiful job the entire day! M.Barr 2014
Terry Lachenbruch Lucido
Michael is the most amazing artist! He performed at our wedding last weekend and created a wonderful ambiance for the entire event. I met Michael through my wedding planner, Merilee Hennings, and as she promised he was so thoughtful, creative and made our planning experience a real pleasure. Michael played along with Collin at our beach welcome party and everyone raved about their music. For the wedding, Jack and I wanted a pensive and romantic feel to the pre ceremony and Michael created that with his vocals and wonderful songs – Marry Me, Thank You, In My Life, Make you Feel My Love. He even learned Unchained Melody to play as I walked in – it was beautiful. We asked for a Motown and somewhat old-school vibe for the reception and he delivered! We are so fortunate to have met Michael. Thank you for making our wedding so very special.
Taylor & Tristan
Michael Tiernan is simply amazing – seriously, you shouldn’t even be debating on whether you should book him – book him right now! Michael truly made our wedding day so special – he is a super talented musician, but more importantly, just an awesome guy. My wedding planner, Staci Tiras-Jones from Bliss Events, highly recommended him because I wanted to have live music and a DJ (originally was looking to book two different people). My husband and I went to hear him play during the week and we were blown away – in fact, we continued to bring friends out to hear him even after booking because he is just a really fun performer. All through the process, he is really easy to work with and helped give great suggestions for songs and for our lights (he did our Gobo and uplighting, which looked awesome!). On the actual wedding day, he sang/played guitar for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and our first dance. It was really awesome because he worked on an instrumental song for me for the bridesmaid’s processional (Led Zeppelin – Bron-Yr-Aur) and also did an amazing slowed down version of Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait for my processional. I also have to call out the fact that both my husband and I were debating between two songs for our first dance, so Michael sent us a video of him playing both to help us decide – how nice is that?! The DJ’ing portion of evening was perfect…the dance floor was always packed – people didn’t want to leave it! The last song of our wedding was really special too – Michael really makes your wedding the best day ever. I wish I could re-live the night again!! I can’t tell you how many comments we received afterward saying how awesome Michael was – truly, I feel honored to have had him be a part of our wedding day. Highly recommend! Thank you Michael!!!!