Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Singer and Songwriter Peter Cummings of Cummings Attractions (North Miami Beach, FL), speciaizing in personalized songs to commemorate special occasions! Enjoy:
Tell us about yourself and how you started playing.
I started my music career in bands as a teenager. I signed with Capitol Records and later MGM Records as a singer-songwriter. It has been my lifelong passion to express myself through music and the written word. I provide a unique service however I am not a band or DJ.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What do you love about being a musician?
I believe music is the Universal Language. It lives in our DNA and is a part of everyone’s life. From tribal songs to opera, pop, and jingles. At sporting events, political rallies and particularly celebrations, we are all moved by a song. And a great lyric conveys a story in a nutshell that captures our attention, imagination, and emotions in a compelling way. That’s why I created Song Biographies to tell the story of the bride and groom in song.
What’s your favorite song to play?
As I write in many genres I do not have a favorite song. I love all music.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
As I create a couple’s song biography with information from friends, relatives and even the second-grade teacher the challenge is creating a flowing narrative that touches the hearts of our couple and their guests. The great part is that each person that tells me their story about the bride and groom recognizes their contribution to the finished piece. And the memory lasts a lifetime.
What’s the most unique wedding you’ve ever played for?
In my days as a bandleader and Emcee, the bride was Japanese and the groom Jewish. Each family needed their traditional ceremonies to be included. From the beautiful tea ceremony to the Hora chair dance and everything in between, it was an eight-hour affair.
Do you have advice for wedding musicians just starting out?
Be careful where you place your speakers. There is always a table or two that is so close it drives them crazy. As a non DJ or wedding band member, my advice is to hire me for an extra added attraction with a custom written Song Biography.
What are some things couples should look for when looking for a musician?
Make sure they listen to you. Find a band with a great show, that plays many different styles. When all’s said and done, most guests remember the music and not the food.
Thanks, Peter! For more information about Cummings Attractions, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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