Testimonials

R. Magarey, Principal Scientist, Australia Sugar Industry.

Many thanks for coming to entertain our guests at the conference dinner on Thursday night. You did a great job and the extra time you took to entertain was both noted, welcomed and appreciated by our guests. You did a fabulous job!

 

Ali and Justin Charlesworth – Sydney

Thank you again for playing at our wedding. I’m so glad I found you! We had a wonderful evening on Saturday night. All our friends & family have given us such lovely feedback about you. They all had a great time dancing. I’ve got some cute videos of my niece & nephew dancing so will send them to you:)

Justin & I just loved how you put together the song for our bridal dance. It was was special song that meant a lot to us!! Everyone also said how good it was!

 

Rachel and Mick – Melbourne

Thank you so much for making our wedding reception so perfect… we absolutely loved the music and all the guests were blown away with you all. From the moment we contacted you, you put us at ease with your easy going but very professional nature. Thank you again, and next time we’re in Cairns we will come and see you. My parents are hooked and have been researching your gig guide to hear you again soon.

 

 

Jana and Trevor Woods Wedding – Melbourne

“I live in Melbourne and wanted my destination wedding to be perfect in every way despite taking a bit of a risk with the time of year and wet weather! When I first spoke to Julie on the phone to discuss the possibility of having live music for our chapel service and also for our reception at Nautilus in Port Douglas, I knew absolutely within one minute of talking to her…she WAS the one for us!! Julie’s professionalism and attentiveness was incredible. I felt very comfortable knowing we were in Julie’s hands for the varied music selection. I was able to hear a selection of music from the website and found Julie’s mellifluous voice recordings so beautiful and warm.
I was proved more than right!! Julie and Jim performed at the chapel and were incredible…live music in the background was the best touch of all!! I cannot recommend Out of the Blue highly enough. The wedding guests are still complementing us on the ambience of the night and the music, thanks to OTB! Our wedding was so wonderful and memorable because Julie and Jim were incredible performers….thank you so very much for adding to what was an evening to always be remembered x….”
Julie, I really am so HAPPY we met you!!
Jana x

 

Hui @ Mana media Australia

If you are into Smooth Jazz and funky modern takes on some old familiar standards,  then this fabulous duo will blow you away. Just have a listen to Out of the Blue and you will get what we mean.
Julie McLaughlin and Jim Black are two rare finds on the music scene, some of you may have had the good fortune of being on a cruise ship when they have been guest artists on-board or maybe at one of our many resorts and Venues dotted throughout the Far North Region….. just make sure you take time out to hear them at a venue near you soon …… You won’t be disappointed !

Hui @ Mana media

 

*Ron Weston. QLD

The smooth sounds of  ‘Out of the Blue’ were just perfect for our Jazz night dinner.  Julie and Jim were professional and sensitive to what we were hoping to achieve, providing smooth sophisticated jazz that created a relaxed and enjoyable ambience to the evening. The standard of music was of the highest quality, thoroughly enjoyed by the musically literate and illiterate alike!  Without a doubt, ‘Out of the Blue’ and their seemingly endless Jazz repertoire made the evening a huge success and I would highly recommend them for any function or special occasion where quality music is desired!

 

Cruise Director Carnival Australia

Once again ‘Out of the Blue’ have provided us with the ultimate in  passenger entertainment on board the ‘PACIFIC DAWN’ Superliner.
This talented Duo are very popular with audiences of all ages and have a repertoire and versatility which covers many styles of music  from smooth cocktail Jazz to up-tempo Sailaway entertainment… not to mention the very popular Jazz sessions.
I  had no hesitation in billing ‘Out of The Blue’ as “Australia’s Finest Duo” in our onboard entertainment publication.

Zoltina-J Medwik-Daly.
Cruise Director
Pacific Dawn Cruiseliner.

 

Sophia and Geoff. NSW

I’m writing to sincerely thank you for the beautiful music you created for our wedding day. So many people commented about the quality that you demonstrated, and the wonderful ambiance you helped create through your music – it really contributed to the whole atmosphere of love and romance of the day.

I also really appreciate that you learned the song that we wanted to walk down the aisle to – it was perfectly performed and meant a lot to us and I think shows the real talent and versatility that you possess. Thanks also for your flexibility and willingness to make sure that our ‘key moments’, both at the ceremony and at the reception, were accompanied by the songs that were special to us, and for your patience and reassurance with our many questions and requests to ensure every musical detail of the day was just right…..all very much appreciated.

 

*Musical Director  “P&O Cruises Australia

‘Out of the Blue’ are undeniably a class act. An immensly popular and talented Duo – superb vocals, great musical arrangements…true professionals.

Musical Director
P&O Cruises.

 

Karen and Tim. Sth Melbourne.

A massive thanks to the band!  The wedding went off without a glitch and your music really topped off our day!  We really appreciate you learning our bridal waltz and even my parents were commenting on how great you were. With so many wedding bands out there it was a daunting decision to choose the right one, but we knew the first time we saw ‘Out of the Blue’ play that you guys were the perfect choice, all the best for the future.”

 

*Bruno Cousnon
Black tie Event @ The Shangri – La Hotel.

Dear Julie and Jim,

It was our pleasure to have you here at our NYE event.
I would like to thank you for your excellent performance on the night, everyone was very happy with the fabulous entertainment you provided. Our guests danced in the New Year in style ! I am looking forward to working with ‘ Out of the Blue’ again very soon.

Bruno Cousnon – Event Manager, Shangri – La Hotel Cairns

 

*Amy and  Jarrod. QLD

‘Out of the Blue’ wow!  Everyone had a ball, from the dinner music you played at the start to the dancing at the end, everyone was entertained throughout the evening!  As a musician myself, I particularly enjoyed the Tenor Sax solos! Thank you again for your professionalism, after we booked you,  you took care of all the planning and we were very confident to leave the music in your professional hands …. Couldn’t be happier.”

 

Cazaly’s Cairns
ANZAC DAY @ Cazaly’s

Dear Out of the Blue,
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you both for the entertainment you provided here on Anzac day.
I thought it was fantastic entertainment, I was boogying around all day….you guy’s have a neverending repertoire ! The General Manager commented on the great atmosphere and was very happy with the  music…something for everyone !

Keep up the good work and thanks for your continuing high standard of entertainment.

Cazaly’s Cairns.
functions@cazalys.com.au

 

*Maureene Fries – NSW

I am writing to thank the “Out of the Blue“ for providing us with an unbelievable evening of entertainment at our recent conference in Cairns @ the Hilton Hotel. You went above and beyond to provide us with an excellent array of music and song during the evening. Dressing in the style of the era and playing a role in our “murder mystery” was a real bonus for me as the organizer.
Working with you was a pleasure from start to finish and we would certainly recommend you highly if you would like to use our event as a reference.
Both management and staff commented on your wonderful contribution to the atmosphere of the whole evening. Wishing you continued success and “ All that Jazz”.

Maureene Fries
Conference coordinator.
(pharmaceutical)
Sydney.

 

Andrew Gordon, – Qantas Australia

‘Masters of Smooth’…Thank you Julie and Jim for your stylish performance  at our annual awards evening once again. We always receive excellent feedback from our staff and guests alike as to how much they enjoy your music ….see you again next year !.

Andrew Gordon, QANTAS AUSTRALIA.

 

Hannah & Matt – QLD

Dear Julie & Jim,
You were both phenomenal on the night, we are so thankful that we found you and at such late notice!  We have had comment after comment as to how great our guests thought you were.You had them entranced, and your “Fever” had our bridal dance on fire…….Thankyou, thankyou !!

Our best regards
Hannah & Matt McGee

 

*Kathy and Alan West.  Vic

“Hi guys, thank you for making our wedding amazing!  Your music selection was perfect and had everyone up on the dancefloor. We are glad to have chosen ‘Out of the Blue’ and no doubt we will see you again in weddings to come as everyone was asking where we found you”

 

Kirsty and Andy. Cairns QLD.

Your music really set the tone for the evening and you have such a great sound. Thank you for playing at both our ceremony and reception, we are still hearing so many compliments about ‘Out of the Blue’ even after getting back from our honeymoon, thanks again!”

 

Darlene Irvine
Mayors Dinner @  Pullman Cairns International Hotel

Dear Julie and Jim,
All the Mayors and Councilors at the FNQROC  Mayors Dinner were extremely happy with the quality of entertainment provided by ‘Out of the Blue’ at our function. It was very much appreciated that guests were able to enjoy you’re wonderful music whilst still being able to converse over dinner. It also takes a special duo to get the gentlemen up and dancing which you repeatedley achieved to the delight of the Ladies. I have to admit that we thought your voice sounded so ‘clean and fresh, when you first started I thought it was a CD.
I cannot thank you both enough for making our night a great success.

Kind regards,
Darlene

Darlene Irvine
FNQROC Coordinator

 

*Rob Williams

Far North Queensland is indeed fortunate to have performers of the calibre of Jim and Julie, really professional and a pleasure to both listen and dance to. The Cairns Tropic Jazz Club is very proud to have them as members.

Rob Williams
President and Musical Director
Cairns Tropic Jazz Club Inc.
Cairns Tropic Jazz Club

 

Greta Connolly

OUT OF THE BLUE’,  Julie McLaughlin and Jim Black, received much deserved standing ovations IN THE ARENA at the Reef Casino. They blew us away with their  SHIRLEY BASSEY TRIBUTE, and their personal presentation, professionalism and sheer joy at entertaining us was written all over them – these are what I call true entertainers, they dont just stand up and perform their act, they hand it to the audience with absolute energy!

Greta Connelly
Senior Administration Officer –
Publicity Officer, Cairns Tropic Jazz Club.

 

Jenny and Rob Winston

Thank you, thank you for the fantastic entertainment you provided at our wedding reception!  The mix of music was spot on with something to suit everyone in our wedding party…..who, by the way, all passed comment on how much they had enjoyed it. You were so professional, and we knew as soon as we met you that our music was in good hands…. we will be recommending you to everyone !

JILL MELODY – Kuranda Qld.

Hi Julie and Jim ~
Just want to thank you again for making my birthday party so special. You guys were just so wonderful and everyone really enjoyed listening to you so much (especially me!! )

 

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