About The Music

Reuben's musical influences include: Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, Andy Williams, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Sammy Davis Jr.

Reuben has had more than 150 gigs, and over 300 performances. Check out some of his achievements below:

Listen below...

Excerpts from Reuben's first CD.

2017

  • 21st Birthday Party - Tauranga Yacht Club
  • This could be you, here!.....

2016

  • Spark Annual Conference - Auckland Viaduct Events Centre
  • Wedding at Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana, Auckland
  • National Jazz Festival in Tauranga
  • Queenstown Winter Festival, 'The Rat Pack', - Queenstown
  • International Wine & Food Society annual function - Auckland
  • The Brat Pack; accompanied by the Prohibition Big Band, at the Auckland Jazz & Blues Club
  • Mills Reef Winery for multiple birthdays and anniversaries - Tauranga
  • Omokoroa Country Club
  • Mount Maunganui RSA

2015

  • National Jazz Festival in Tauranga
  • Very Vintage Day Out - Auckland
  • Four weddings (including one at Tongariro National Park - The Chateau)
  • Quantum Vis Eatery - Tauranga
  • Club Mount Maunganui - Tauranga
  • The Raft Restaurant - Tauranga
  • Mount Maunganui RSA
  • Trinity Wharf Hotel - Tauranga

2014

  • National Jazz Festival in Tauranga; main stage performance at the Jazz Village.
  • Very Vintage Day Out - Auckland
  • Noel Binns Swing Band, guest vocalist – Auckland
  • Quota International Women’s Society Charity Fundraising event – Auckland
  • Entertained at 6 different rest homes/retirement villages on multiple occasions.
  • 2014/2015 Busking Campaign: I raised $913.80 for International Needs New Zealand, New Zealand Bible Society, The Hearing House New Zealand and Open Doors.

2013 

  • Became lead vocalist for the Sunset Coast Big Band in Auckland
  • The Coffee Club Mt Maunganui; - Tauranga
  • Tauranga Hospital Ball
  • 2013/2014 Busking Campaign: I raised $1100.90 for World Vision's Philippines Typhoon Haiyan appeal.
  • Wedding at Mills Reef
  • Wedding in Queenstown, accompanied by a string quartet.
  • Very Vintage Day Out - Auckland
  • National Jazz Festival in Tauranga; Jazz Village
  • A Night Before Christmas festival (event in Tauranga with more than 6000 people)
  • Reuben’s first CD: ‘Introducing Reuben Simpson’ was released in September
  • Entertained at 13 different rest homes/retirement villages on multiple occasions.
  • THEATRE: Played the Teen Angel in 'Grease' the musical, put on by Tauranga Musical Theatre. Sang the song Beauty School Drop Out.

2012

  • Sebel Trinity Wharf Hotel. Accompanied by piano maestro; Leith Milson
  • Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (Auckland Marina) Sunday afternoons
  • A Night Before Christmas festival (event in Tauranga with more than 6000 people)
  • Brownstone Restaurant – Auckland
  • Entertained at 5 different rest homes/retirement villages on multiple occasions.

2011

  • Katikati Twilight Concerts, opening for The Nairobi Trio.
  • Opened for the Bay of Plenty Magics netball team at four of their games, after winning the “Magics Got Talent” competition.
  • National Jazz Festival in Tauranga; Jazz Village
  • Tauranga Midwinter Christmas festival 2011 & 2012
  • THEATRE: Played Jack (A lead role) in 'Into The Woods', put on by Tauranga Musical Theatre.

2010

  • Bridge Bistro & Bar Mount Maunganui, Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Tauranga Theatre Sports Festival
  • Featured on New Zealand’s Got Talent 2013 winner, Renee Maurice's CD "Quintessential Melody".
  • THEATRE: Performed as the Council and Pierre (main roles) in 'Joan of Arc', put on by Bethlehem College.

2009

  • TV1's Good Morning show, in the 'Find A Star' competition. I came fourth in the competition, which had more than 1000 entrants. 
  • Performed at the intermission of a Chris Powell (UK organist) concert. - Tauranga
  • THEATRE: Performed as a soloist in 'Eurobeat', put on by Tauranga Musical Theatre.
  • THEATRE: Played Fizzy (A lead role) in 'Bugsy Malone', put on by Bethlehem College.

2008 

  • THEATRE: Performed as a soloist in 'Swingin' Jazz', put on by Tauranga Musical Theatre.
  • THEATRE: Performed as a crow/chorus in 'The Wizard of Oz', put on by Tauranga Musical Theatre.