Reviews

You were an absolute pleasure to work with from start to end. Thank you for singing in Italian – you blew us away. It truly is a pleasure to hear a good singer use his instrument. Listening to you was a transcending experience and we hope to hear much more in the future. Wishing you the best of Christmas this year Reuben.
NZ Law Society Auckland Christmas Lunch, Dec 2018
Non Solo Pizza, Parnell, Auckland
Thanks so much for your performance, it was amazing. The 21st party was a great success and you were a huge part of that. We would recommend Reuben for any party or function, we had a crowd from age 12 up to 87 and everyone was up dancing! A great time with good music with a great selection songs, so professional and friendly to deal with. We will definitely recommend you.
21st Birthday Party, January 2017
Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, Tauranga
Reuben was so easy to communicate with. At first we were worried about what music he could play for us but in the end we just left him to sing his selection of music from the 60/70’s. It was a good choice as we all relaxed and everyone enjoyed his selection and his singing and also his dance numbers as well. Lots of friends commented positively about him. He helped a guest to set up using his amplifier to sing us a couple of songs and that made such a difference.
If anyone would like a personable performer with loads of talent and great attitude, then Reuben would be our recommendation. Thanks Reuben for the part you played in our celebrations.
50th Anniversary Party, December 2016
Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga
Reuben was a fantastic addition to our night at Mills Reef celebrating my husband's 60th. I had kept Reuben's performance as a surprise, my husband and guests were blown away by Reuben's singing. Reuben had everyone up dancing and interacted with the guests perfectly. All of our guests were very impressed; so much so that some have booked him for another function.Thanks so much Reuben.
60th Birthday Party, October 2016
Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga
Reuben, thank you so much for your amazing performance at our wedding. I am gutted that we did not get to enjoy your performance as much as we would have liked because we were so busy talking to people and doing things. All I know is that the few times we did get to enjoy it, you were absolutely spectacular. There was one moment when it had gone dark and all the fairy lights on the side of the Arbor were fully lit. Our photographers called us to the side of the Arbor for some extra photos so we could get some photos by the lights. We ended up singing and dancing as you sang LOVE (my favourite song!) and that was one of the moments I absolutely treasure the most. It was unplanned and the moment was so beautiful. So many of our guests have commented at how amazing you were and they even said at times they thought it was a recording rather than a live singer because of how flawless you were.

There isn’t a single thing I would change about having you there other than wishing I had had more time to enjoy your performance. You were everything and more that I could ask for and I thank you for coming all the way up to Matakana for us. You are definitely going to go really far and I would recommend you to everyone. Also we would like to thank you for your flexibility with our song choices and being so easy to talk to and work with. You are such a gem, Reuben and we are so lucky to have found you!
Clare & Josh's Wedding, January 2016
Ascension Wine Estate, Auckland
Great evening from Downtown Tauranga’s perspective. We are educating & gaining momentum for our new city attraction: Wharf St. The objective was to bring people off The Strand who didn’t know anything about it so next time they come to town, Wharf St is talked about and visited.
I thank-you for performing such beautiful music. The by-standers looked to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, despite it being such a cold night and I so appreciate your professionalism.
We will be in touch for any future gigs.Thanks Reuben.
Live Jazz on Wharf St, September 2015
Wharf St, Tauranga
Reuben was a huge success and we had many people come up and congratulate him on his sleek performance and wonderful voice. His choice of songs was really appreciated and applauded by all the audience and he really connected with all the audience.
Tauranga Multicultural Festival, March 2015
Historic Village, Tauranga
Anne-Christine and myself would like to thank you again for your fantastic performance at our wedding! You and Mark [pianist] created an amazing atmosphere with your music! Your voice is incredible, you played exactly the music we wanted and you made our day really special! Thank you for your time, for your advice on the music and your kindness. No doubt that you will have a fantastic career as a singer and we would highly recommend you to everyone.Many thanks again to you and Mark!
PS: No doubt that “Frank” is listening your voice from heaven 😉
Pierce & Anne's Wedding, January 2015
Ataahua Garden Venue, Tauranga
Hi [agency],Just to let you know that Reuben Simpson was fantastic! All the guests said he absolutely made the night. I booked him as a surprise gift for my sister, as it was her birthday party and she was delighted. He was perfect for our Great Gatsby themed party. His Great American Songbook repertoire made for a wonderful atmosphere. He was right on time, very friendly, really good fun and his voice was incredible. He looks 20 years old but sounds like Sinatra. I'm sure he'll get other bookings from our party guests, as everyone was talking about him. I live in London and am in the entertainment industry and Reuben Simpson is as good as any performer I've seen on the West End. Please feel free to use this as a testimonial on your site as he deserves a lot more work and would bring any party or event to life. By the end of his set, he had everyone up dancing and cheering and wanting an encore.
~ Deborah Frances-White (World-renowned comedian)
1920's themed 40th Birthday Party, January 2014
Private Residence, Tauranga
Perfect selection of music for the right audience. Our residents thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done! The best Christmas entertainment we've ever had. We will be recommending you to other villages, and we are also booking you for our next Christmas dinner in 2014. Thank-you so much.
This was with the Sunset Coast Big Band.
Village Christmas Dinner Party, December 2013
Edmund Hillary Retirement Village, Auckland
http://goo.gl/i0j8I9 (newspaper article)
...Reuben Simpson was especially impressive in the role of teen angel, but it is difficult to separate any of the well-oiled ensemble.
'Grease the Musical' Review, September 2013
Bay of Plenty Times newspaper, Tauranga
On behalf of the Tauranga Hospital Ball Committee and all that attended the Ball last night… a BIG THANK YOU! You are absolutely amazing and everyone is still talking about how great you were. I hope you enjoyed your evening even half as much as we did.
Tauranga Hospital Ball, September 2013
Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga
Reuben you rock! Your voice is amazing. Your presence changed the party into a really special and memorable event. You were really charming, blending into the background when required and stepping into the limelight when needed. My only regret is that we didn’t book you for longer as towards the end people were starting to dance. You are a stand-out performer. Thanks so much – I can’t wait until my next party as you are a must have entertainer! Kind Regards
40th Birthday Party, August 2013
Private Residence, Tauranga
You are very professional. So many people enjoyed it, as did my husband and myself. We had many very good comments about your performance from many people. You really made our night. Would definitely book you again!!
50th Birthday Party, August 2013
Totos Restaurant, Auckland
Jazz / big band type music is my favourite so I was always going to enjoy your performance. I asked a few people present for their feedback and everyone, from the young graduates through to those being presented with awards for 60 year membership said how much they enjoyed the entertainment. Everything was great and thank you so much for the time and effort you put into your performance.
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) Graduation Dinner, July 2013
Classic Flyers, Tauranga
Thank you so much for performing at our wedding. It was the perfect type of music for our guests while they were having canapés and waiting for us to return for the reception. Although we didn’t get to enjoy your performance as we were off having photos done, our guests have raved about your incredible voice and how enjoyable your performance was. More than one commented that you had an old soul for someone so young. Thank you also for taking care of our music during the ceremony and for being so reliable and prompt with your communication. Much appreciated!
Kelly & Alan's Wedding, December 2012
Simunovich Olive Estate, Auckland
I would recommend Reuben as a performing artist to anyone who wishes to entertain a crowd. He is someone who engages with the crowd in a relaxed, easy going style and is extremely well received, especially to an audience of more than 6000 people! Reuben is very easy to work with, and very professional in his manner. He surprises the crowd with his mature voice and great choice of songs. He was also well organised in getting his music and promotional material to us well on time. I hope he will be a part of A Night Before Christmas in 2013!!
'A Night Before Christmas', December 2012
Bethlehem Town Centre, Tauranga
All the best for you and your future endeavours. It was certainly nice to deal with you, I think you are a great talent and you will have lots of exciting times in your life waiting for you. Kindest regards
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Restaurant, November 2012
Auckland Marina, Auckland
It was just amazing. You really set the theme for the night, right down to your dress. The music was perfect both for the background of the evening and also for a bit of a dance at the end of the party. I'd highly recommend you to anyone & everyone - a couple of people couldn't understand how you were real until I promised to pass on your contact details!
1920s Themed 21st Party, September 2012
The Gin Room, Auckland
We went to Halo [restaurant] (located in the Sebel Trinity Wharf Hotel) on a recent Saturday night. The restaurant looks out over the Tauranga Harbour and did not feel like the usual hotel restaurant. Service was excellent, food superb but wine was very expensive - cheapest glass of wine was $12. However we had a lovely evening and especially enjoyed the entertainment provided by a young male singer. (From Trip Advisor)
Diner from the Sebel Trinity Wharf Hotel, April 2012
Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga
On November 22 [2008] we were lucky to win tickets to the Tauranga Musical Theatre’s production of Swingin’ Jazz. The show was fantastic, and the whole production team and cast are to be highly commended on putting on such a top performance, equal to some shows we have been privileged to see in London. If this is the calibre of talent we have locally, the future of musical theatre in the Bay is secure. Special credit to Reuben Simpson, a very talented young man with a huge future ahead. Also to Lianne Howell for the excellent choreography. Keep up the good work TMT.
Letter to the editor, December 2008
Bay of Plenty Times newspaper, Tauranga