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Introduction: We're a female/male live music duo that sounds like a full band! Experience and great musicianship matter when you're looking for live music. And that's just what you'll get with Brightenstar. Veterans of live performance for more than twenty years, Brightenstar's memorable performances reflect their vast experiences with audiences of all types. Our Song List, featuring covers of rock, pop and bit of country, features something for almost everyone. We perform songs by the Beatles, Coldplay, Tom Petty, Jason Mraz, Fleetwood Mac, the Cranberries, Eagles, Megan Trainor, Prince, the Police, REM, Weezer, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, ELO, Guns n' Roses, recent hits like Shut Up & Dance, Africa, Feel It Still and more. Brightenstar uses the state-of-the-art Bose L1 sound system (for most events.) The system delivers crystal-clear sound that fills the room without overpowering your guests that want to talk and mingle. Jenna sings, plays keyboard, guitar, and ukulele. Neil sings as well, plays guitar, ukulele, and bass, and commands an array of devices that expand Brightenstar to well beyond the sound of typical duos. And it's all done with nothing prerecorded, save for a drum machine accompaniment. Audiences dance, sing, move, talk...Brightenstar entertains folks who participate in whatever way they want. Now you can have the sound of a band, at ANY volume. Brightenstar is ready to light up your event. Let's make it happen. There's nothing like the joy of sharing music with an audience.

Hired 14 times

Serves Aurora, CO

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2 employees

7 years in business

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

Great 4.8

9 reviews


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Chelsea B.
Sep 28, 2021

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They were absolutely incredible! I hired them for my baby shower. Despite it being super strange and untraditional, they made it seem like you should always have a band at a baby shower! The music was absolutely incredible! They are both so damn talented! Everyone was raving about them the entire time! I didn’t have to give any direction at all. They read the room, and performed accordingly. I absolutely loved them and I am ready to have more parties they can play at!

Details: General event / party • 101 - 150 guests • 31 - 50 years old • 18 - 30 years old • Band • Guitar • Vocals • No preference • Rock / classic rock • Covers • Pop / top 40 • Variety • Banquet hall / ballroom

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Lauren J.
Jul 23, 2022

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Working with Neil was a breeze and listening to him sing and play was a delight! So glad that I decided to work with him.

Details: General event / party • 26 - 50 guests • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • Vocals • Guitar • Pop / top 40 • Covers • Other

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Susan O.
Jul 13, 2022
Neil and Jenna were awesome! Not only great music for our requested genre, they put together a special request of a medley of songs. All of our guests commented on how great the band was and how much they enjoyed the music. Absolutely recommend Brightenstar.
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Thanks Susan! So glad we could be a part of the celebration! 👍🎶🙂
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Maddie V.
Jun 21, 2022

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Neil was absolutely incredible! We had a last minute need for a musician for our corporate cocktail reception. Neil came to the rescue and totally blew us away with his talent, professionalism, and friendly demeanor. I'd recommend Neil to anyone looking for an excellent musician! We hope to work with him on future events :)

Details: Cocktail hour • 51 - 75 guests • 31 - 50 years old • Guitar • Vocals • Covers • Rock / classic rock • Variety • Oldies • Banquet hall / ballroom

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Alysa R.
Aug 17, 2021

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We hired Brightenstar to play at my husbands retirement party & they were fantastic. They’re song list appeals to a broad range & my guests loved them. They even incorporated my 16yr son into one of they’re songs which was above and beyond! I would definitely hire them again! Thank you 😊

Details: General event / party • 76 - 100 guests • 51 or older • 31 - 50 years old • 18 - 30 years old • Band • No preference • Covers • Rock / classic rock • Outdoors

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Neil Zimmerman


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

    Jenna began performing professionally in musical theatre by the age of 12 and has performed in over 100 theater productions. She attended DU's Lamont School of Music studying jazz and contemporary music. She's performed at Colorado venues like The Soiled Dove, The Walnut Room, Lila B's, Hapa Sushi, Nonna's Bistro, Dazzle, Jack @ Jack's, and more. Her second CD, Coming Home, produced by Brightenstar partner Neil, was released in 2014. Jenna also is a renowned voice, guitar and piano teacher. Neil is a veteran of thousands of live performances since the 70's, with various bands, and his previous duos Pairadeux and The Jay and Neil Show. He is an accomplished composer for film and T.V. His compositions have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Bravo, Lifetime, BET, Nickelodeon, USA Network, ABC Family, HGTV, Nick at Nite, Game Show Network and other cable TV channels, as well as on radio and T.V. in France and Spain. His TTFFO Studios, a recording studio based in Highlands Ranch, CO, has produced fifteen commercially-released CDs, two short film soundtracks and a number of independent audio projects. He currently also teaches guitar lessons.

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    Brightenstar, together and separately, have performed at everything from bar/tavern venues, to private parties, charity events, festivals, weddings, corporate events, marathons, and many more events of every size and shape.

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