An exceptional talent and a fabulous career….Darelle Holden is a silky smooth songstress with deep musicality. Pop Diva, R&B Powerhouse, and Jazz Siren all apply to her unique and diverse vocal styling. Darelle toured Internationally for 17 years with superstar Sir. Tom Jones, ala, “20 Feet from Stardom” and along with her constant touring schedule she’s made countless appearances on Dancing With the Stars, The Tonight Show, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brian and the list goes on. Darelle also performed the duet “I Wanna Get Back With You” with Sir Tom Jones. Darelle’s distinctive vocals can also be heard on the Tom Jones classic “Leave Your Hat On” which is featured on “The Full Monty” motion picture soundtrack. Darelle has performed with extraordinary talents such as Earth Wind and Fire, Bobby Caldwell, Ellis Hall, Elton John, Jazz guitarist Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, and most recently Stevie Wonder.
We are honored to join forces with you Darelle! http://michaelbensonband.com/band/
Images by Katie Parra Photography, and David Bristol
Breaking news for 2018:
We’ve joined forces with female vocalist extraordinaire Darelle Holden, making us a “Quintet +1” with an exciting new dimension. Darelle brings a wealth of experience, augmenting our award-winning band with a double lead-singer front. A real 1-2 punch! The blending process with this soulful Northwest professional is proving to be a joy. Welcome to the Michael Benson Band, Darelle!
The band is stoked to join the award-winning wedding show, Weddings In Woodinville tomorrow Jan. 28, 2018 at The Columbia Winery – a “reserved ticket” only event. As the only live band participating, we’re proud to share our craft and talents with future brides and their families. #wiw2018 #weddingsinwoodinville #heyseattle #mbb
Our September 2nd bride writes to Yelp: “Michael Benson Band was the absolute BEST WEDDING band I have ever seen. He was so incredibly responsive and committed to making our reception perfect. I cannot recommend the band highly enough. Our reception went 20 minutes over because everyone couldn’t stop dancing, and they were there until the last beat”
Image by Hanna Stevens
Gerrie writes on July 18, 2017:
“A wedding reception is really made by the talent and energy provided by the musicians. My wedding was everything I dreamed of and more because of Michael Benson and his fantastic band. The year leading up, they were communicative, accommodating, and were even willing to learn new songs for our first dance and father/daughter dance. At the reception, they interacted with our guests, engaged from the stage, and ultimately rocked the house with their amazing covers. This was one of the best investments made for our wedding. I would give ten stars if I could.” (the latest of 11 reviews that Yelp does not want to recommend)
Image by Stefan and Audrey Photography http://stefanandaudrey.com
Fresh off the press, Seattle Bride Magazine Fall 2017 Issue.
Just a quick note to say how very much I appreciate your graciousness & amazing professionalism. You guys are THE BEST! I’ve worked with a few bands at weddings lately and not only do you guys blow them out of the water musically, you just carry yourselves with a warmth and dignity they are sorely lacking. So much ego & attitude & they have nothing to back it up. So thank you guys for being AWESOME & I hope to get to work together lots in 2017! (Shana Tinsley, 321 Foto https://321foto.com)
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The Michael Benson Band is amazing. They are so professional and great at what they do. If you are deciding between a band and a DJ, go with a band – and go with Michael Benson. It brought our guests’ whole wedding experience to the next level. MBB did our ceremony piano music, dinner background music, and reception/dance music. I wouldn’t change a thing! By far the best wedding band in Seattle.
Lighting and photo by Crimson Haze Event Lighting — http://crimson-haze.com
MBB is honored to win the 2017 Best Live Entertainment at Borrowed And Blue Weddings. Vender-voted by our peers, this award comes to us for the second straight year. Many appreciations to all our industry colleagues who know what we do, and who deliver many extraordinary events together with us.
“Do you plan set lists in advance?” No way. Planning band set-lists ahead of time for moods and crowds you haven’t even felt or seen yet? Nope. That’s a sure-fire recipe for disaster. At social event performances I can’t see why anyone would do that – and Why.We.Don’t.Do.That.Ever. Instead, I free-flow sets dynamically, calling songs moment by moment for optimal crowd connection. Result: Non-stop seamless segues and total success. Every time.
(Image by: Michelle Waite Photography http://photography.michelemwaite.comhttp://www.facebook.com/MicheleMWaite)