Dear Allison, We just wanted to thank you so much again for making our wedding absolutely incredible! All of the songs were perfect and kept guests old and young on their feet !! :) "The music was awesome" and "You guys had the best DJ ever!" are compliments we're still getting, even weeks after the wedding! It was such a pleasure working with you and thank you so much for your patience, creativity, guidance and inspiration throughout the planning process! We hope you have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you again soon!!! Love, Courtney and Andrew
DJ Allison Kinney
A Brooklyn resident hailing from Virginia, DJ Allison Kinney got her start in the music business by majoring in classical singing and hosting several local radio shows at her alma mater, James Madison University. Allison grew up with diverse musical tastes, particularly influenced by her parents' recording studio Ravensworth Studios, resulting in one of her greatest assets: knowing how to fuse multiple genres into one performance to please all audiences.
During her years as a one-woman DJ and emcee, she has had high- energy performances everywhere from Las Vegas to The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The wedding industry bible, The Knot, has consistently featured her at their annual gala hosted at the New York Public Library, and she is fortunate enough to be one of their recommended artists. In addition to her full-time work in the wedding and private event circuit, she has held multiple popular club residencies in NYC. She has been featured at high-profile venues such as Best Buy Theater, Brooklyn Bowl, Soho House, the W Hotel, and many more venues. Allison has also worked with NBC and the Today Show for several events, including at the X Factor premiere party. In addition to being a featured act, Allison has had the opportunity to open for several big artists, including Grammy winner Ciara, Grammy-nominee Audien, The Chainsmokers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren, indie dance duo The Knocks, and more. Currently, she is spinning at multiple events for SiriusXM radio.
From weddings to fashion events to private dance parties, Allison knows how to get people on the dance floor, and recognizes DJing as an art form that can transform any event into a memorable experience. Recent non-wedding events include the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society and the Frick Collection’s annual Young Fellows Ball in partnership with Caroline Herrera.
We just wanted to thank you so much again for making our wedding absolutely incredible! All of the songs were perfect and kept guests old and young on their feet !! :) "The music was awesome" and "You guys had the best DJ ever!" are compliments we're still getting, even weeks after the wedding! It was such a pleasure working with you and thank you so much for your patience, creativity, guidance and inspiration throughout the planning process! We hope you have a wonderful summer and we hope to see you again soon!!!
Courtney and Andrew
Ewa and I just wanted to thank you again for making our wedding such a great time! Right from the moment we arrived at the reception, we knew we were in good hands. We are still talking about how fun it was and how we wish it never ended-- it went by so quick, and when you started to mix it up, it was just partaay time! The feet just had to move. All our family and friends loved the music selection. Ewa and I are so grateful to have met you, and we couldn't have been happier with the way things turned out. We were glad you were a part of it. Go Dukes! :)
Ewa and Eric
"When it came time to party, Katie did it right! Hank Lane was in charge of the music..." - Perez Hilton
There was a lot of interest and press coverage on the wedding this past weekend in the Hamptons of broadcast journalist Katie Couric and businessman John Molner. As one of a small group of people who worked on this happy occasion and who was actually there, I thought I would share some of the musical (and other details) with our readers. Florist and wedding planner Elissa Held was in overall charge of the festivities. While the groom worked on a lot of the details himself, Katie was very involved with the music. In a meeting at the Hank Lane Music New York City office, she told me that she used to play piano for ten years and it turned out that she not only had great taste in music, she really knew her stuff! The wedding was an intimate one at the couple's East Hampton home with approximately 50 guests. The bride personally chose to have a violinist, guitarist and cellist to play while her guests gathered before the ceremony and for the small wedding service. She wanted a mix of Beatles, some Classical music and even something from some movie scores. Katie's 18 year old daughter Carrie chose to sing at the ceremony ("I Will" by The Beatles in the style of Allison Krause, complete with banjo and mandolin played by our musicians) which followed poetry readings by her older sister Ellie and the groom's daughter. The bride and groom exchanged some amusing "vows" as the minister officiating the ceremony stepped aside. For one, John promised to never have more Twitter followers than Katie! Following the ceremony at the house guests were ferried over to the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. I was asked to make special Ipod playlists (Motown was her favorite) for the 15 minute ride to the beautiful reception venue. There, the same musical trio settled under a huge tree on the lawn as guests sipped on cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The trio played a variety of jazz standards and were joined for a few songs by the groom's father on clarinet. It was truly a family affair! Following the cocktail hour guests went in to dinner in the hotel's intimate ballroom with an Ipod playlist that I prepared based on Katie's specific instructions. The play list included Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sara Bareilles, Sting, Ray Charles, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall and Billy Joel. After dinner guests danced to the Motown playlist in the venue's rustic barn until 1Am. Here is the play list for the Hank Lane live band: PRELUDE MUSIC Arioso by JS Bach Prelude in Eb by Chopin Theme from Out of Africa Landslide And I Love Her Piano Concerto by Rachmaninoff Air on a G String by JS Bach Theme from Out of Africa Theme from Moulin Rouge (“Where Is Your Heart?”) CEREMONY MUSIC Processional: Here Comes the Sun - Beatles Bride & Groom: Til There Was You - from The Music Man (Broadway show) I Will - Beatles Recessional: Wouldn’t it be Nice - Beach Boys Posted by Harlan Ellis, Hank Lane Music
This past Saturday, our More Than Music DJ Allison had the pleasure of DJing for Katie Couric and her family in honor of her daughter Carrie’s 18th Birthday. The bash was thrown at Studio 450 and was put on by the amazing Elissa Held Events. Allison taught Katie some tricks behind the booth before the dancing began!