"My wife and I took a trip to Brighton to listen to Sam Carelse's band before asking them to play at our wedding. Lucky for us, they agreed. The band was absolutely perfect for the wedding venue with 90 guests. They created a very warm musical ambience which was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. They are all skilled musicians who are at ease with each other, and Sam's voice is just something else, playfully controlled, delightfully interpretive of the wonderful numbers she chose to sing for us. Negotiating the gig with Sam was very straightforward, and Sam is a good communicator, and very friendly. They did a 6 hour car trip to get to us, which shows the level of commitment. I recommend them 100%."
- Phil Mars, Wedding
"...please pass on our appreciation to Sam, whose performance lots of people thought was very special."
- Richard Clark, Private Party
"We booked Sam and her band to entertain at The Tudor Close Pub in Ferring on our re-opening, she was fantastic, the music was just as we wanted and Sam's voice, appearance and performance were all perfect, our customers had a terrific evening as Sam has a very engaging presence, I would not hesitate to invite Sam and the band back, should they want to, they are always welcome to play at The Tudor Close Pub at anytime." (10 / 10)
- Chris Hathaway, The Tudor Close Pub
"What an amazing voice and presence Sam has, she sings from the heart but in a really relaxed manner. So many people who came to the event commented on how great she sounded. She arrived looking stunning and totally in keeping with the 1920’s theme. She also came early so we could rehearse which was really helpful as it was the our first time dancing live with the band. I would highly recommend Sam she is a total pro and a mesmerising singer." (10 / 10)
- Fiona Ring, Co-founder MyCharleston
"An exceptional performance enjoyed by all! We were delighted to have Sam Carelse and the Tim Wells trio (voice quartet option) at our Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards evening on Saturday 2nd June. The band arrived promptly, were incredibly professional, friendly and got stuck in straight away, welcoming guests with elegant jazz music - Sam has a wonderful voice and carried a perfect performance but the whole band were completely superb, sadly I can only give 10/10 but they are deserving of so much more than this rating! This year by far, has been the best awards ceremony we have had and I am confident, certain that a large part of it was due to the fantastic entertainment on display. The quality of music and the performance on the day was really top notch, an elegant style as people entered the room, calming and upbeat, I would highly recommend anyone reading to invest - stop reviewing anyone else, because this band will exceed your expectations and put on a performance which can be enjoyed by both young and senior. We are still receiving a stream of positive feedback from our guests and so going by the glowing feedback, we will certainly be in touch with them again for future events! (10 / 10)"
- Isabella Pearson, Hampshire FA Grassroots Football Awards
"Sam recently performed at a very busy event, she was amazing. The audience loved her. Sam and her musicians were top class and extremely professional. She even tailored the set for us as it was a Christmas event. Would highly recommend!" (10 / 10)
- Annie Whelan, Brighton Dome
"Wow, what a voice! Sam & band played at my wedding last week. The music was top notch, and perfectly pitched - she even called a tune to match my outfit! All the practicalities were dealt with without a hitch or any stress. Everyone commented on the quality of the music and it really added a touch of class. Thanks a million Sam!" (10 / 10)
- Tom Creed,Wedding
"I was a joint organiser for this charity fund raising event where we hosted around 150 guests. I had seen Sam perform for several years now and as a performer she just seems to get better each time. Accordingly we had no hesitation in engaging her to head up the musical performances and as part of her remit, such is the esteem she is held by other local musicians, some of the best Sussex jazz performers signed up to join her on stage. The gig was extensive running from 5.00pm until 10.00pm but the audience stayed to the finish and were enthralled by a superlative performance. I would have no hesitation in engaging Sam again and recommending her highly to anyone looking for a superb jazz singer." (10 / 10)
- Michael Youles, The Revelry of the Ruperts