Sylvia Grape
Sylvia Grape

Sylvia Grape

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Introduction: I am a singer-songwriter who has been performing originals and covers for almost a decade. I'm a multi-instrumentalist with years of training in jazz saxophone and piano before I became a self-taught guitarist, vocalist, and mandolin player. I studied music theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz while simultaneously earning a degree in Psychology. During my senior year, I earned a Community Excellence award for doing music therapy with children at a local farm as part of a curriculum I was developing (one of the most rewarding musical experiences I've had). I self-released a collection of original songs written prior to and during my time at UCSC called "I Am But a Stranger Here" in 2018, leading to a tour of the West Coast in 2019 and playing at venues from Seattle to San Diego, including opening at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles. Today, I'm living in the culturally and musically rich hills of Laurel Canyon to record a studio album, and connect personally with its history (The Eagles' and Jimi Hendrix's former homes are directly next door). Before this, I was living in the heart of Silicon Valley and had a summer placement at one of the Valley's most prestigious hotels. As California began to open back up this year, I've had the opportunity to write and record a custom engagement song, perform at numerous beautiful weddings, play at The Clancy Hotel in San Francisco with my percussionist, and collaborate with renowned Grammy-nominated composer Isaac Phillips (not to mention the other acclaimed musicians, including Ilana Blumberg). I'm able to accommodate myself to COVID guidelines for any event, and respect your privacy, especially for the celebrity clients I've played for. Additionally, I come fully equipped with a PA system that can self-power -- no event is too big or too small. You'll find me easy to work with and that I have a very wide selection of songs and genres for you to choose from -- professionalism and giving my performances my full attention and heart are top priorities. My repertoire includes classic rock, Top 40s, pop, jazz, country/western, indie rock, folk, '90s music, contemporary originals, and more. I curate my setlist to your event and take requests for most songs, with some songs needing one week's advance preparation. We collaborate on the music together, and I'm happy to arrange a music ensemble with enough notice. Get in touch for more information or to start the booking process. I'm looking forward to performing for you!
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Hired 22 times

Serves Hollister, CA

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10 years in business

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Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo, Zelle

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

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Monica W.
4 weeks ago
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The dental society really enjoyed having Sylvia for our annual summer picnic. We heard many compliments about how nice the music was for our event and many guests enjoyed the elevated ambiance of live music. She was a great addition for having young ones be entertained as well. We would definitely recommend her for another event.

Details: Corporate event • 51 - 75 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Vocals • Guitar • Country / bluegrass • Covers • Variety • Outdoors

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Victor G.
Dec 20, 2021
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I booked Sylvia to sing at our annual Holiday Party, and she did an amazing job. She took our event to the next level and our guests were very impressed and entertained by her beautiful voice. I highly recommend her services for your next event.

Details: Holiday party • 26 - 50 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Other strings • Guitar • No preference • Covers • Country / bluegrass • Outdoors

Sylvia Grape's reply
Thanks Victor, appreciate you guys!
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Jeff T.
May 2, 2021
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It was a perfect and small setting, and she just fit right in and she played great music and made everyone feel at ease. She was exactly what we were looking for.

Details: Birthday party • 25 guests or fewer • 31 - 50 years old • Vocals • Country / bluegrass • Outdoors

Sylvia Grape's reply
Hey Jeff, thanks for this! It was a treasure to play for you all.
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Adrian R.
Dec 31, 2021
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Sylvia preformed for our wedding in October and we were so happy we chose her and the band. Sylvia had a great list of songs to choose from in her repertoire, and was so flexible to learn some new songs at our request. She took care of all the logistics for us, and gave us some thoughtful recommendations of timing and song choices. I would recommend Sylvia to anyone looking for a soulful and eclectic sound.

Details: Wedding reception • 26 - 50 guests • 13 - 17 years old • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • Band • Vocals • Guitar • Other strings • 3 - 5 • Other • Outdoors

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Jenny W.
Oct 28, 2021
I booked Sylvia to surprise my husband and our friends/families at our rehearsal dinner a couple weeks ago and she was amazing. Not only is she a talented performer, she is super easy to communicate and coordinate with. She even learned a couple new songs that had special meaning for us. If you have an appreciation for live music and performance, I would definitely recommend booking Sylvia. She's so much more than just a singer with a guitar playing covers in the background. She's truly gifted and will make your event special and memorable.
Sylvia Grape's reply
Aw, thank you so much for the kind words Jenny. It was our pleasure and honor :)
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I ask for a security deposit of 25% total cost for private events. My solo hourly rate is $150/hour for private events, and $200/hour for a duo. Rates vary based on custom projects or public venues.

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

    The client sends me an inquiry with project details and I respond with availability and interest. We set up a phone call or correspond over email to discuss details (song requests, acoustic or electric setup, PA system, price, number of performers). When the event details are finalized I ask for a security deposit for private events, and for large weddings and venues we finalize the contract. I send practice videos and status updates leading up to the event, and hopefully get to know you a little prior to performing.

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

    Studied music at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received a Bachelor's in Psychology. Jazz alto saxophonist from 2014-2019.

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