Laura Benitez
Laura Benitez

Laura Benitez

$150/hour
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Responds in about 45 min

Introduction: Laura Benitez is a singer, songwriter, and the founder of Bay Area-based country band Laura Benitez and the Heartache. Her songs use the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Laura and her band have played festivals and clubs all over the West Coast and as far away as Nashville, TN. Her song "Our Remember Whens," was awarded an Honorable Mention in the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest in January of 2016. Nothing is better than sharing music and connecting with an audience.
Overview

Hired 35 times

Serves Berkeley, CA

10 years in business

Payment methods

Cash, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo

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Jul - Dec

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  • Birthday Party

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  • Laura was great! She was easy to communicate with

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

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Irene B.
2 days ago
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It was great to have a party with Laura entertaining us in her soothing voice and familiar songs. I was glad I hired her and will definitely recommend her to friends and family.

Details: General event / party • 51 - 75 guests • 31 - 50 years old • 12 years old or younger • 13 - 17 years old • Vocals • Guitar • Pop / top 40 • Rock / classic rock • Outdoors

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Gizem O.
Jun 16, 2021
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Laura and I planned my boyfriend's birthday party. She helped us a lot in a short time with her rich music list. She also added the songs we love to her repertoire. I have to say that her voice enchanted us. Thanks to her, guests had a great time. We look forward to the next event. We are very happy to meet Laura. I can already say that she will be the honor guest of our parties with his positive energy and beautiful voice.

Details: Birthday party • 25 guests or fewer • 31 - 50 years old • Guitar • Vocals • No preference • Other • Outdoors

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Mudit D.
May 4, 2021
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Laura’s voice was very soothing and everyone loved her music! She was easy to work with created a very calm and happy vibe at our event

Details: Birthday party • 25 guests or fewer • 31 - 50 years old • Guitar • No preference • Other • Other

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Kimberly g.
Apr 4, 2022
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Laura and Bob sounded great and where super flexible with party flow. Was exactly what I was going for in a special touch to my husband's birthday bourbon and blue grass theme.

Details: Birthday party • 26 - 50 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Guitar • Vocals • Band • Country / bluegrass • Rock / classic rock • Pop / top 40 • Outdoors

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Juliet D.
Mar 20, 2022
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My guests, I and my son enjoyed Laura’s performance during my son’s birthdays party. She sang a lot of of our favorite songs and was flexible when I requested she extend her singing for another half hour. I will definitely have her perform again in my next party in near future.

Details: Cocktail hour • 25 guests or fewer • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • Vocals • Guitar • Variety • Country / bluegrass • Oldies • Outdoors

Music Entertainment

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    In order to create a custom quote for your event, I factor in the following things: - Number of musicians needed - Length of time the band will play - Travel time from San Francisco Bay Area - Is sound equipment & set - up required? - Will we be providing extras? (Dance instructors, decor, themed costumes?)

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I typically message with a customer or speak with them over the phone to find out what type of flavor they want the music to bring to their event, to confirm the logistical details and to determine if my group is a good fit for them. I then work with them to create a custom playlist for their event, so they have a really clear idea of the music we will provide. I require a 20% deposit for event more than 2 months in advance, to secure the date.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have had more than 10 years of vocal training, and have been singing professionally in bands since 2006. I have been playing the guitar for over a decade, and I also play banjo, mandolin and piano. In addition to my vocal training, I have a bachelors degree in Theater Performance, so I'm very comfortable onstage! Having been in the music world for as long as I have, I am blessed to work with a wide circle of professional musicians, so I am easily able to provide everything from dance bands with drum kit, electric guitar and bass, to acoustic formations with guitar, banjo and fiddle. Wondering if I know a steel guitar, ukelele or accordion player? I do, just ask! I'm also a songwriter, so I'm available to craft a song for your special occasion.

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