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Talent City Artists
Talent City Artists

Talent City Artists

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Introduction: Talent City Artists, owned by DJ Corey Sanford is Chicago's premiere choice for classy, hip DJ services, live musicians & bands, award winning photojournalism & video production including wedding cinematography. We believe each event is unique and requires special attention. Our team of experts will take time to understand your vision and execute to make your dream a reality. Corey has worked professionally as a DJ for over 20 years. His experiences include Nightclubs & Events at upscale venues in Chicago, NYC, Miami, Philadelphia, New Jersey, LA, San Francisco and more. He now focus on weddings, corporate events, fashion shows, bar mitzvahs and high school dances etc. Corey's musical style: Open Format-Top 40, EDM, Hip-Hop, Latin, House, Country, Reggae, Rock and more. Michigan Avenue Magazine nominated and published Corey on "The List" featured in their "Jessica Alba Cover Issue.". Dec/Jan 2011 identifying Chicago's Top Performing Arts & Entertainment individuals. Others on this list include: Reese Witherspoon, Jim Carey, Nelly, Usher, Michael Buble, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, and Owen Wilson to name a few

Hired 15 times

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50 employees

16 years in business

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Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, Zelle

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

Very good 4.6

9 reviews


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Mody Q.

MC and Host Services

They were so great! We hired the team for DJ and livestreaming services. They went above and beyond what was expected and I appreciate their patience and understanding for the delays and last minute changes. I also appreciate that Chris didnt just stand in the both when he was hosting , he went out to people to introduce and guide them which added a personal touch. Everybody loved DJ chris he was able to sneak in some last minute karaoke for us and I honestly dont remember a minute when the dance floor was empty. We partied for hours and everybody danced! everybody.
Talent City Artists's reply
Mody Thank You for the AWESOME review!!! I'm so happy everything went great. Chris did mention that things got reworked a little in regards to the timeline and I'm pleased that we were able to make it all happen on the fly. SOOO happy you all danced too. I know you were unsure there would be any dancing with COVID. Best of luck you you and your family from Chis and I.
May 1, 2021
Noelle C.


I am so relieved that I chose Corey to be our DJ for our upcoming wedding. He was very detailed and passionate about what he does. He explained the process of setting up the timeline for the wedding very well and answered all the questions I had. He also gave us a great discount!
Jul 21, 2020
Sandra D.


Corey is really fast to respond at the messages. He is also flexible, willing to work with me, which make me comfortable to do business with him. I cant wait for the event. I know that he will do a great job!
Oct 18, 2019
Jannell U.


Corey was fantastic!
Sep 2, 2020
Thumbtack Customer

Corey is THE BEST!!! He deserves something like..100 billion stars. Corey was the DJ for my wedding and he was absolutely amazing. Not only because he played great music and could read the crowd but because he actually cared about us and our wedding day. I was a terrible bride and pushed everything entertainment-related off until the last minute (literally, 1.5 days before our wedding). Corey was more than willing to meet with us and help us figure out the timeline of events and what music should be played. He was intuitive enough to know what we liked and disliked and applied this to areas of our wedding where we just said "eff it, play whatever". My husband developed a 102 degree fever the day before the wedding. Corey would check up on us to see how he was doing. 1 AM, the night before the wedding, I made several changes to my timeline and what my first dance song would be. Corey didn't mind and didn't freak out (and he didn't make me feel bad!). He checked our planner (he has a planner on his website for you to use) first thing in the morning and was good to go. Our ceremony didn't start until 6pm. Corey showed up at our venue by 2pm to check out the space, set up, and make sure everything was perfect. Because my husband and I were a couple of idiots when it came to wedding planning, Corey pretty much guided us through our wedding day (at the same time, he doesn't destroy your personality and doesn't turn your vision of the wedding into something you don't want). He made sure our parents were in the room before announcing them, he checked to see if my dad was in the room before he announced the Father/Daughter dance. Stuff like that. This may not seem like a big deal but it's a pretty big deal when its time for your dance and your dad's in the bathroom! He even operated the lighting at my venue since my lighting company didn't supply a technician. I am a control freak and began planning my wedding 1.5 years in advance. Despite this, I still fell behind and things still got crazy! Without my awesome vendors (see Museum of Science and Industry, Kloeckner Preferred Flowers, Miller and Miller photography) I would not have had my dream wedding. I totally picked the right people Corey is super! Professional, accountable, fun, and experienced. We trusted him the moment we met him and he never let us down a single time. He's also very good in non-wedding settings (we've seen him at a fashion show that had a ton of people)Corey (because I know you're going to read this :))-- thank you soooooooo much for everything!! J and I are so grateful and lucky that we found you for our wedding. We would have looked like idiots running around if it hadn't been for your patience, guidance, and expertise. Thanks for making us look good! See you in September! (That's right, people. He's so awesome we sent 2 of our friends to book him for their weddings!) Talent City Artists 100 Stars and 100 Thumbs Up!!!
Talent City Artists's reply
Carrie I see you posted this with your husband Rob's email lol. It was a pleasure making your special day an AMAZING night to remember forever!!!! Thank you for the great review:)
Aug 30, 2018
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Corey Sanford


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

    All pricing can be found on the website. Exceptions are made for military, fundraisers, philanthropic causes, benefits etc at the discretion of the company based on the scope of work.

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

    Talent City Artists is a wedding DJ and entertainment company based in Chicago, Illinois. This talented group of wedding DJs, live musicians, and videographers provide the services you need to take your wedding or event to the next level. They specialize in unique wedding production, and they take the time to understand your wedding vision in order to achieve your dream wedding. Services Offered Talent City Artists is a group of talented wedding DJs, live musicians and performers, professional photojournalists, and wedding cinematographers. They pride themselves on staying ahead of the curve in the wedding entertainment industry, and will provide you with the latest entertainment technology and services in order to give your event a sense of finesse. Their team of experts will meet with you for a consultation in order to understand your wedding vision, and will cater to you unique style and taste in executing your wedding strategically. They offer services such as DJ and MC, wedding photography, photo booth and videography, wedding musicians, as well as uplighting and decor. They specialize in DJ services, and offer the following wedding DJ services

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

    Corey Sanford, creator of Talent City Artists, Inc. is from the Lake Geneva area, who followed his dream of becoming a DJ. Moving east, he attended the Institute of Audio Research in New York City. Corey studied all areas of the music industry specializing in mixing, mastering, MIDI and recording music. While studying music, Corey polished his customer service skills while serving as a wine sommelier, waiter, bartender and manager in two of NYC's finest restaurants: Artisanal Fromagerie and Wine Bar and Il Cantinori. Regular clients included: Madonna, Richard Gere, Sara Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, Al Pacino the list goes on and on. Corey (a.k.a. DJXACTO) promoted and hosted several large club events throughout the NY tristate area, packing hundreds and often thousands of dancers into some of NY, NJ and Philadelphia's hottest nightclubs. Working with Global DJ's he headlined events spinning and mixing the hottest techno and Hip Hop Styles. Soon Corey started producing his own tracks. Spinning records and producing led him to start his own company Talent City Artists. Corey is currently producing 2 movie scores for Hollywood writer and producer, Drew Gebreski, who owns Speed Well Films. Drew just produced "In The Dark" that is on Netfix 2020, Check it out. Corey returned to the Midwest 15 years ago to visit friends in Chicago. It was on that visit that Corey became enticed by the Pilsen art scene. He wasted no time moving Talent City Artists, Inc. to Chicago so that he could create art, produce and record music. 2004 and 2005 Corey's artwork was featured in the Pilsen Art Walk. Corey now focuses his music and artistic abilities towards providing a unique music service at weddings, art openings, private parties, fashion shows and boutique events. Talent City Artists is a full service music company offering clients years of musical expertise and passion with an artistic creative edge.

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