VNY Entertainment possesses one of the most diverse rosters of practicing professional musicians, original musical artists, and DJ's to accommodate your needs and interests. Our team is composed of incredibly talented individuals who have their hands in multiple innovative musical projects. These musicians are capable of performing American music, Indian music, and anything in between. Much of the team calls Nashville, Tennessee, USA, home, and the team can travel to your event. Several other VNY Entertainment musicians are also located across the United States in order to be closer to you. Meet the faces you might see at your event.
Pots and Pans. Elementary Music. Choir. Percussion. Drumset. Indian Music. Middle School. Jazz Band. High School. Marching Band. State Championships. All-State Musician. Drumline. World Percussion. Music Degree. Voice. Piano. Professional Live Concert Touring. Music Recording Sessions. A Capella Voices. Original Music. Musical Theatre. Weddings. Events. Live Music. Music Technology. These are several words to describe Vinay's musical journey. He possesses a unique and well-rounded skill set that not many can claim. Vinay is truly a musician, through and through. Whether he is DJ-ing, emceeing, directing, composing and arranging music, or playing instruments, Vinay has what it takes to provide a complete perspective to enhancing the moment through the power of music. Vinay brings real-world, current, relatable, and global music industry experience to your event.
Anson Hohne is a drummer, composer, and songwriter living in Nashville, Tennessee. As a drummer, Anson has performed and recorded with countless groups across the country, including Flossie Dukeshire, Ben Rice, Dylan Leblanc, The Pollies, Jimmy Hall, Resting Rooster, and Mike Duncan. Anson is one of the percussionists in the VNY Entertainment Baraat Band, and he is also utilized in a multi-instrumental role. He was the staff drummer for The First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, Tennessee for three years and served as an assistant drum instructor for the Tullahoma High School Band for four years. Anson currently performs under his own name as well as with jazz guitarist Ben Rice, The Freedom Coalition, and Flossie Dukeshire.
Nashville, TN, USA
With a desire to pursue a career in music, and a dedication to his craft, Ross McReynolds arrived in Nashville in early 2012. As the city and its music grew, so did Ross. A drummer for nearly his entire life, Ross’s talent and technique garnered attention quickly from many musicians and artists. A young but dedicated musician, Ross is undoubtedly becoming a distinct voice in the New Nashville Scene, as well as a drummer and percussionist with the VNY Entertainment team.
A recent 2015 graduate of Belmont University, the Southern Illinois native has begun to make a career in music. While traveling with several different groups, Ross has toured both nationally and abroad; opening for acts such as: The Zac Brown Band, Sting, Santana, George Benson, and Gary Clark Jr, to name a few.
When at home in Nashville, Ross is busy working as a studio musician, lending his versatile skill set to artists of many genres. From R&B to Folk, Jazz to Rock, Ross’s adaptable yet unique voice compliments and enhances the work of many Nashville musicians.
Nashville, TN, USA
Katherine Hill is a Celtic harpist with repertoire including classical, pop, romantic, and folk music. Having been playing the harp for nearly 20 years, she has developed a unique style that delights audiences of all ages. Her versatile skill creates perfect ambiance music or an entertaining musical feature. In addition to performing traditional music, Katherine possesses an uncanny ability to re-arrange a popular song for harp, which often provides an astounding and crowd-pleasing experience. Katherine regularly performs with VNY Entertainment for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, and more.
Nashville, TN, USA
Emmanuel Echem is a trumpeter, composer, and arranger living and working in Nashville, TN. A native to the area, Echem completed his B.M. in Commercial Music and Music Technology at Belmont University, and has since then firmly established himself as a capable lead and section horn player, as well as an adept soloist with a unique and soulful improvisational style. Emmanuel's style frequently draws comparisons to trumpet masters such as Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and Roy Hargrove. His performance and recording credits include Joss Stone, the Gaither Vocal Band, Dumpstaphunk, Rayvon Owen, Dan + Shay, Jeff Coffin, Dynamo, Wayne Bergeron, The Weeks, Wycliffe Gordon, Frankie Negrón, John Clayton, Keb' Mo', La Sonora Dinamita, the Neal Morse Band ft. Mike Portnoy, Roy "Futureman" Wooten and the Circle of Harmony Orchestra, and the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, among many others. Emmanuel's amazing melodic capabilities and unique improvisational style is guaranteed to keep your audience engaged and excited.
Nashville, TN, USA
Since the age of 7, Dan Kozlowski has been hooked on music. It all started when he formed a band with his best friend. Dan started taking music lessons and the rest, as they say, is history. Over the course of his career, Dan has cultivated skill sets not only behind the drumset, but also in Orchestral and Chamber Music, having his Bachelor's in Percussion Performance and Music Theory, as well as a Master's in Percussion Performance.
Since he has been working as a professional musician in Nashville, Dan has worked with artists and organizations including Gabe Burdulis, Gracie and the Valley, John Miller, Natalie Spiroff, Studio Tenn, and the Nashville Ballet.
Dan continues to utilize his versatile skill set in multiple forms with the VNY Entertainment team, including percussion with the Baraat Band, drumset for other events, and more.
Garrett is a violinist, film composer, and music producer, originating from Arkansas. Garrett Overcash began his career in the music industry in Nashville and has performed with artists such as Ray Price, Chris Tomlin, and Matt Redman, and others. After plying his trade in Nashville, Garrett moved to Seattle, WA in 2011 to pursue film and game composition, music production, and performing. Since moving to Seattle, he has written, produced, and recorded for a variety of clients such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, SMART Technologies, Schell Games, and many more. Garrett currently works at Hevanti Productions as an executive producer, composer, and songwriter. He graduated from Belmont University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in Music Technology. He also won Belmont University's Classical Performer's Competition in 2009, getting the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he graduated from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program with a Masters of Music in Film Composition studying with composer, Hummie Mann.
Garrett is a go-to musician for adding emotional brilliance to your event. He possesses a unique skill- the ability to properly perform music from multiple cultures around the world, including American Music, Indian Music, Irish Celtic Music, and more. Whether it is his heart wrenching violin as a bride walks down the aisle, joyful string ensemble music to pair with your cocktail hour, or anything else, Garrett adds an irreplaceable richness and decadence to your music that you never thought you could experience in person.
Alec is this generation's best example of being a true student of all music. Born and raised in Ocean City, New Jersey, Alec spent time alongside his talented parents learning how to play several instruments, including the trombone, upright bass, and electric bass guitar. Alec spent his undergraduate collegiate years at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. It was during these years that he began to be called upon for multiple musical genres including Jazz, Indian Classical Music, Indian Garba Music, Bollywood, R&B, Pop, Country, Bluegrass, and more. Alec's versatile musical ear allows him to play exactly what one needs him to, or if the situation requires for it, he will also wow audiences with his unique ability to improvise and make his bass sing.
Alec continues to be called upon by several original musical artists, including Kelsey Waldon, MamaDear, and many more. Alec is a highly sought after musician, and spends some of his time contributing to the VNY Entertainment team's efforts.
Originally hailing from Manassas, Virginia, RJ Walker has called Nashville home for nearly two decades. RJ has been turning heads for as long as anyone can remember. He is incredibly multi-talented: drumset, drum programming, Baraat percussion, live music tracking, music producing, and more. From the moment he strikes a drum, it is evident that RJ is one of a kind. He provides energy, finesse, groove, and musicality in a way that only results in the listener's enjoyment and satisfaction. RJ has taken his time studying at Belmont University for music and music technology and evolved it into a professional music career. RJ is in many ways the spirit and lightheartedness of the VNY Entertainment team. He also possesses several years of experience in the Wedding and Events Industry. In addition to supporting VNY Entertainment, RJ has performed and recorded with various artists including Cameron Bedell, Rayvon Owen, Chris August, new Nashville R&B group FM Music, and many, many more.
Ever since his early days performing with renowned rap/funk group Biscuits and Gravy, Wesley Winfrey has been wowing audiences around the world. Wesley possesses a degree in Commercial Music and Music Technology from Belmont University. He has a vast amount of musical experience, ranging from small group jazz, big band jazz, funk, R&B, blues, Indian music, and more. His style of playing saxophone adds an incredible amount of soul to any form of music, and it is hypnotizing to witness. Wesley has performed on cruise ships, in large venues, in small clubs, and everywhere in between.
VNY Entertainment continues to utilize Wesley's prowess in virtually every realm of event, including Baraat, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, wedding reception, and more.
Joshua Blaylock is a crowd favorite, and a favorite amongst peers. Joshua has an amazing musical ear- whether he is playing the trombone or anything else, Joshua can quickly pick up on a musical moment and enhance with a quick response time. A skill set like his is sorely needed in the entertainment business. After all, one must adjust his musical creativity as the crowd changes dynamically throughout an event. Joshua brings a warm and welcoming positive spirit to every musical group that is lucky enough to have him on board, including VNY Entertainment.
Joshua completed a degree in commercial music performance and music technology from Belmont University. While at Belmont University, he also helped form the Nashville supergroup Dynamo, and he has been garnering attention from important industry peers for years. Joshua also possesses skills in electronic drum recording, music composition, arranging, and more.
Jesse Strauss, a percussionist and graduate of Belmont University, specializes in chamber music and improvised music for dance. As an accompanist and performer, he has worked with Nashville based dance companies Epiphany, FALL Dance, Belmont University Dept. of Dance, and Tennessee’s Governor School for the Arts. His experience in these settings focuses heavily on improvisation with hand drums, synthesizers, sound processing, and drones. Jesse is the regular percussionist for chatterbird, a contemporary classical ensemble that performs new music from around the country and local music with Nashville songwriters and instrumentalists. He has performed solo and chamber music at TEDx Nashville, the Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival, OZ Arts, Chosen Vale Percussion seminar, Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba seminar, Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Princeton’s Unruly Sounds festival, and the Pittsburgh New Music Festival.
In addition to his heavy involvement around the Nashville Arts community, Jesse also contributes to the VNY Entertainment team in a variety of ways. He is best known for his infectious smile while playing one of many percussion instruments alongside the Baraat Band.
College Station, TX
Shyam Murali, an avid music lover, started his piano & started Indian Classical Carnatic music vocal training at an early age. He was introduced to playing the saxophone in 6th grade and was ably coached by Late Mrs. Indu Krishnamurthy to play Carnatic music. Under her guidance, he had his formal arangetram in October 2005. He continued his training under Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, Flute Shashank, and Mr. Prasant Radhakrishnan. Shyam has played in the Chennai music festival for two seasons with TV relays on Kalaingar TV and Raj TV. He has provided music for nearly a hundred weddings across the country and plays regularly at important temple festivals. Shyam also enjoys DJing, recording live music, and backpacking. He is currently also studying to become a professional in the field of Emergency Medicine.
Shyam has performed with the VNY Entertainment team in the realm of Baraats, Wedding Ceremonies, Cocktail Hours, and Wedding Reception. His wide array of talents is frequently called upon to enhance the quality of all sorts of events.
It was on a front porch just four years ago that Kelly Bradway, Dan Wilson, and Parker Bradway formed the country music trio they now call MamaDear—named after a lovely lady with the loveliest porch in Tennessee. Since then, they have aspired to treat every stage like it's their porch and every fan like a friend while playing shows across America and opening for acts like Martina McBride, Brett Eldredge, Kristian Bush, Charlie Daniels, Thompson Square and more. With every stop from coast to coast, MamaDear carries home with them wherever they go.
MamaDear is an example of the best that Country Music has to offer: soaring vocal harmonies, incredibly talented multi-instrumentalists, captivating lyrics and melodies, and, as a result, some of the best music with which to have the time of your life. Although MamaDear's primary focus is their original artistry and their amazing new music that is turning heads everywhere, they are also occasionally available to play well-known Country, Roots, and Americana hits and bring their energetic, specialized, and enjoyable show to weddings and events. MamaDear is a partner with VNY Entertainment to help bring this experience to life when this musical atmosphere is desired.