Monday, September 20, 2021


Brad & Sofia at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

Brad The Piano Guy is available to perform as a duo with a choice of professional female vocalists for hotel residency contracts in Asia/Middle East. Offering a large selection of jazz & pop standards, duos are perfect for providing entertainment for hotel lounges, lobbies, bars and restaurants.


  KATERYNA - Ukraine:

A stunningly beautiful vocalist from Ukraine, with years of experience performing in hotels in Dubai. 

  ANA - United Kingdom / Armenia:

Originally from Armenia, Ana now lives in London UK, where she is a regular performer on the jazz and lounge scene.   

  ANNA - Russia / Portugal: 

Anna is a beautiful Russian vocalist currently residing in Portugal, with experience performing in hotels in Dubai. 

  MARIS - Philippines: 

With years of experience performing for British guests onboard Thomson/Marella cruise ships, lovely Maris from The Philippines always charms her audiences with charisma, talent and good looks.   

  OLENA - Ukraine: 

The lovely Olena is from Ukraine, with years of experience performing in Dubai, Bahrain and Japan, and also on cruise ships. She is a great vocalist but also an accomplished violinist, adding a nice variety of sound to a duo.  

  KERI - Poland:

A fun entertainer from Poland, with experience performing in Japan, Dubai and on cruise ships.  

  PRIL - Philippines / Italy:

Pril is a very experienced vocalist, originally from The Philippines but has lived in Italy for many years. Pril has performed in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman, Shanghai, and on cruise ships. 

   ELAINE - Brazil

Beautiful bossa nova guitar and vocals with Elaine from Brazil. Previous contracts include contracts on board Costa and Princess cruise lines. 

For more information about duos, please contact Brad at 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Brad The Piano Guy - Scottish Canadian Piano Vocal Entertainer

Brad performing solo piano on Saga Sapphire cruise ship

Brad Moodie is a Scottish Canadian piano vocalist entertainer, based between Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Brad performing solo piano on Saga Sapphire cruise ship

Brad started his professional musical career in 2005, when he formed the musical group 'Round Midnight in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This was a seven-piece band playing easy listening jazz music for wedding cocktail receptions, restaurants and corporate events in Southern Alberta.

'Round Midnight in Calgary, Alberta cerca 2007

In December 2008 he moved to Costa Rica and started the musical group Los Mojitos, playing bass guitar for jazz, latin & bossa nova music in restaurants and for destination beach weddings.

Los Mojitos in Costa Rica 2012

Brad then had the opportunity to perform for a three-month hotel contract at Genting Highlands Resort in Malaysia in August 2013, with US jazz vocalist Sabrina Tutstone. This contract included an opening set for the famous US singer/songwriter James Ingram and his band. 

The Sabrina Tutstone Quartet with James Ingram

Then in January 2014, Brad teamed up with vocalist Sofia Balogh from Budapest to form the duo Smooth & Swing, for a three-month contract at The Crown Plaza Hotel in Jordan, in The Middle East. In July 2015 Brad and Sofia then received another contract to perform as a duo in Doha, Qatar for six months at The Radisson Blu Hotel.

Smooth & Swing Duo with Sofia Balogh

Brad now mostly performs on cruise ships as a solo pianist/vocalist. His first ship was on a European river cruise with Scenic Cruises in March 2016, followed by four Mediterranean cruise contracts onboard the Thomson Spirit, Thomson Celebration and Thomson Dream cruise ships (now called Marella). Then Brad performed multiple contracts with Saga on the Saga Sapphire, Saga Pearl II and Spirit Of Discovery cruise ships between 2017 and early 2020.

Brad has completed his STCW Safety Training and has current ENG1 Medical and Yellow Fever certificates, and a British Seaman’s Book. 

Best suited for elegant bars and lounges, Brad specializes in classic pop songs from the 1960s to 1990s, ballroom dance music, jazz standards, and when required, can play easy-listening instrumentals for background music. 

Brad can play solo piano, piano and vocals, with or without high quality backing tracks. 

Sing-alongs and name-that-tune quizzes are also very popular when he is performing, and with a repertoire of 1000 songs, Brad enjoys taking requests. 

He has a Canadian passport and also a British passport, and is available for long term contracts in hotels in Asia/Middle east, or on cruise ships.

Sing-along fun in the piano bar

Solo piano instrumentals

Party music for dancing

'60s sing-along

Sing-along fun with guest opera singers

Easy-listening piano & vocals

Solo piano instrumentals

Piano & vocals acoustic-style

You can contact Brad at

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

'Round Midnight Calgary Jazz Band

'Round Midnight is a jazz/blues/R&B band performing in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada for elegant hotels, fine dining restaurants, wedding cocktail receptions, private parties and corporate events.

Featuring sultry female vocals accompanied by guitar, bass and saxophone, this group can offer various options to suit your budget and needs, from a duo through to a four piece ensemble. Additional instruments and players may be arranged as required.

The group was started back in 2005 by Brad Moodie, with Shawn - sax, Jim - guitar, Mike - piano, Matt - bass, and Ken - drums. 

We have a large repertoire of songs, covering artists such as Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Etta James, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and also more current hits from Norah Jones, Adele, Michael Buble and Diana Krall.

This group provides the perfect atmosphere for sophisticated events! 

You can contact Brad at or Shawn at or Robin at 

STCW Safety Training For Working On Cruise Ships

What is STCW? 

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (or STCW), 1978 sets qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships. STCW was adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and entered into force in 1984. The Convention was significantly amended in 1995.

To work on a cruise ship, even as an entertainer, you are required to complete a one week training course, and on completion of a simple exam you will receive a certificate valid for five years.

My training was arranged by the ship's agent through the training organisation Colossal in Blackpool, UK. See
The cost is around £600. Everyone's circumstances are different, but for me the ship arranged the training for me, they paid for the hotel in Blackpool, but I had a percentage of the course cost deducted from my first pay cheque. I also had to pay my transport to and from Blackpool.

Here is an outline of the training:

1. STCW Personal Survival Techniques (PST) 

This course is intended to equip all persons intending to go to sea with basic sea survival skills and knowledge of sea survival principles. Includes a few hours at an indoor swimming pool.

2. STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (FPFF)

Types and classes of fires, prevention, hazard awareness, methods of fire extinguishment, structure of incident response team, appropriate equipment, personal safety, team support and live exercises. This includes a full day of fire fighting at a local Fire Brigade's training facility.

3. STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR) 

Types of shipboard emergencies, alarms and signals, initial actions, personal/protective safety equipment, effects of pollution, pollution prevention, safe working practices, enclosed spaces, accident prevention, harassment, individual rights, drug and alcohol awareness and dealing with abuse.

4. STCW Elementary First Aid (EFA)

Basic, immediate response to the most common shipboard medical emergencies.

5. Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) 

The STCW Convention and Code as amended by the Manila Amendments (2010) contains new requirements regarding security training. This training is required by all personnel employed or engaged on board ships for which the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code applies.

Brad (far left) during the intense fire-fighting training

I was also required to get my ENG1 medical certificate. This is a separate item that is also required for working on cruise ships. It costs £80 and is available from specialist medical centers throughout UK. Here is a list of approved medical centers:

And finally, non-American residents that need to enter The United States will need a C1/D visa. However, I don't need this because I can enter the US with my Canadian passport.

Singer/Vocalist - Shannon Shade From Canada

Shannon Shade is a Canadian professional vocalist who received her Performance Diploma at Malaspina University College (Nanaimo, Canada) in Jazz Studies. During her time at Malaspina she performed and soloed frequently with the Malaspina Choir, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and several first-rate jazz combos. Shannon has also expanded her experience through performing in several roles in TV/film, gospel choirs and musical theatre productions including Titanic, The New Musical, Dracula...The Musical?, and The Rocky Horror Show. As well, she was one of the top 20 finalists in the David Foster Star search 2007. 

After graduating, Shannon fronted many different bands with styles ranging from jazz to rock and soon she began to write her own music. This led to an opportunity to study songwriting in Tennessee (USA) for three months with industry leaders and to work as a session singer in both Nashville and Memphis.
Shannon has appeared in Calgary Living Magazine, teaches voice lessons at her private recording studio and owns a very entertaining singing telegram/prank business called Calgary Singing Telegrams. She currently lives in both Las Vegas, NV and Calgary, AB where she fronts bands and entertains regularly. 

Shannon has a huge repertoire of songs covering jazz standards, pop, blues, showtunes and current top 40 hits. She is available to perform for long term contracts on cruises or in 5 star hotels. 

Shannon is available as a duo with Brad Moodie for hotel & cruise ship contracts. You can contact Brad at

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Smooth & Swing Duo

Smooth & Swing is a lounge duo featuring Sofia Balogh and Brad Moodie.

Sofia is an experienced professional vocalist from Budapest, performing in five languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. She also plays alto saxophone.

Brad is a piano vocalist, and together they provide a huge repertoire of songs including jazz, oldies, country, reggae, bossa, from the 1950s to 2000s. 

Brad & Sofia have performed together as a duo at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Amman, Jordan, and at Radisson Blu Hotel in Doha, Qatar.

They are available for 3 month hotel residency contracts in Asia. 

You can contact Brad at

Sabrina Tutstone Quartet

The Sabrina Tutstone quartet is a band from Ohio in The United States featuring vocalist Sabrina Tutstone, Charles Small on piano, bassist Brad Moodie and drummer Robert Riley.

The group specializes in jazz and R&B music, in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstong.

In late 2013 they performed in Malaysia on a three-month contract at Genting Highland Resort, north of Kuala Lumpur. This also included opening for American singer songwriter James Ingram.

With American singer songwriter James Ingram. 

You can contact Brad at