Our Music & Musicians

Band band member experience includes:
Our experienced professional vocalists & musicians have performed with artists such as Karen Harding, Dami Im (Eurovision Runner up 2016), Nina Nesbitt and venues such as Wembley Stadium, O2 Arena, O2 Academy Islington and Glastonbury Festival.

The band has also the following experience

Over 1000 Weddings at locations from Hunter Valley wineries to Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour
Providing theme night entertainment for advertising agencies including Singleton Ogilvy & Mather and The Pudding Factory
Residencies at 5 star hotels, resorts and nightclub venues including The Hilton Marble Bar,
Providing live play ons and offs for Award nights, TV and presentation ceremonies
and Live performances on the BBC

We are experienced in corporate entertainment counting hundreds of well known brands as Smooth Groove clients including Canon, Cadburys, Toyota, Cumberland Newspapers, Royal North Shore Hospital, ING and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Band Members

  • Lawrence
    Trinity Laban Bachelor of Music, West End Keyboardist and Music Director
  • Nano Sigo
    / guitarist
    Bachelor of Music – UWL, Master of Arts – Music Industry Management. Career Highlights: 5 European Tours in UK, France, Italy, West Russia & Austria with Various Artists. Festivals Played: Boomtown Fair, Standon Calling, Shambala Festival, Secret Garden Party, Fieldview, Les Mouillotins.
  • Marco Cristaudo
    / Drummer
    Bachelor of Music, International Touring Drummer through Europe, Music Director
  • James Lawrence
    / Trombone
    Bachelor of Music, Recording artist on vocals and trombone, proficient in Jazz, Ska, Funk, Classical
  • David Kyle Payne
    / Bass Guitar
    Karen Harding (Top 10 recording artist with Capitol Records), Nina Nesbitt (Top 40 recording artist with Universal), Ben Haenow (X-Factor UK Winner 2014), Joe McElderry (X Factor UK Winner 2009), Artists I’ve worked with: Venues I have played: O2 Arena, Hammersmith Apollo, KOKO, Roundhouse Festivals I have played: Glastonbury, Lovebox,Wireless, T In The Park
  • Yelfris Valdes
    / trumpeter
    Bachelor of Music, Tours internationally for European and South American Acts
  • Olivia Chappell
    / vocals
    Olivia is an actress and singer born and bred in London. She has sung with a range of artists and groups from Amy Studt to the YouTube hit show choir The Adam Street Singers. She’s performed at venues such as The Troubadour, Harrogate Cathedral, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and festivals such as Festibelly. As well as performing, she composes in a myriad of genres with her songwriting partner Jessica Sharman. Aside from singing, Olivia’s acting work has won her several Best Actress awards and nominations at international Film Festivals, and the last short film she produced was shortlisted for a BAFTA.
  • Jaime Gibson
    / saxophone
    "Music is the art of manipulating emotion through sound” and that is what TSG focuses on through music, movement and lighting. Jaime started The Smooth groove in Sydney in 2002 with Paull Betts and it quickly grew to be the go to band around Australia for corporate functions and parties. Regular clients include Toyota, Queen Victoria Building, ING and many governments institutions. Jaime is a Music Director and Saxophonist for TSG and heads up the Music Department at Hammersmith Academy, London.