GigMasters’ Rising Star Awards Recognize Nations’ Top Event Vendors

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Awards given to highest earning, most booked event vendors and entertainers in 142 categories including Top DJ, Top Comedian, Most Popular Wedding Band, Most Popular Corporate Event Entertainer and more.

The web’s #1 event booking service, has announced the winners of the 2012 Rising Star Awards recognizing the top event musicians, entertainers and vendors in the U.S. and Canada.

Best known for booking musicians, DJs, comedians, magicians and other live entertainment acts, GigMasters has begun to broaden its vendor offerings to include event services such as limousine rentals, wedding tents, bartenders and more. This expansion is reflected in this year’s Rising Stars which have been awarded to 142 winners, a record high for the sixth-annual awards.

“I personally want to congratulate all of this year’s winners,” says Marissa Latshaw, GigMasters’ VP of Marketing. “It’s great to see how the 2012 winner list honors not only our most successful entertainers but also the many party vendors that make us a one-stop service for event hosts and planners.”

Here are a few of this year’s winners:

Top Bagpiper – The Royal Piper (New York, NY)
Top Bartender – Custom Party Bars (Torrance, CA)
Top Costumed Character – Bubbles Productions (Bowie, MD)
Top Cover Band – Nick Carver Band (Murfreesboro, TN)
Top Event Artist – Cindi Harwood Rose (Houston, TX)
Top Jazz Ensemble – Safari Jazz (Newhall, CA)
Top Limousine – Cadillac Chauffeur Service (Saint Paul, MN)
Top Photographer - Magical Memories Entertainment (Thornwood, NY)
Top Singer – Marieann Meringolo – Romantic, Standards & More (New York, NY)
Top World Music Singer – Michael Castaldo – Classical Crossover Pop + (New York, NY)

To see the complete list of winners visit:

What the Winners Are Saying…

Watch a video of a few Rising Star winners showing appreciation for their awards and read some of their quotes below:

“I wish to thank GigMasters and the wonderful clients that made this all possible. As a child, all I ever wanted to be was a magician. Thanks to GigMasters and our clients, I have been given the gift of making a living doing what I love.” – Keith West Magic & Illusion Show, 2012 Top Magician

"As a performer, you're always looking for your next job. That's why GigMasters is an essential piece of the puzzle for any working musician. The site gives you the opportunity to connect with clients you might never otherwise reach. Being named the top earning Jazz Singer in 2012 is proof that doing the job you love really is possible when you surround yourself with the right people and the right tools." – Kat Langdon, 2012 Top Jazz Singer

“Our GigMasters membership has brought in a dazzling array of gigs. We’ve been hired by celebrities, Fortune 500 companies and modest families down on Main Street. I can recommend GigMasters to anyone without any misgivings or reservations." – Bobby Alto Music, 2012 Top Pop Trio is the web’s number one event booking service, guiding party planners and hosts to the right entertainment and vendors for every event. By combining the efficiency of the web with the personal touch of a private event planner, GigMasters has helped facilitate more than 180,000 event bookings: weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions and more. With the largest nationwide database of client-rated vendors and entertainers, GigMasters boasts 10,000+ members including live bands, DJs, wedding musicians, event photographers, celebrity impersonators, balloon twisters, stand-up comedians, jazz trios, photo booths, string quartets, soloists, limousines and more. The site, founded in 1997 by Kevin Kinyon and Michael Caldwell, attracts over 30,000 daily visits throughout North America. GigMasters is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, TRUSTe, and is also a DigiCert secured website. For more information, please visit

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