Ken OverbeySounds Abound President and Owner
As President of Sounds Abound, I am one of the luckiest men alive! My job is to entertain. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to perform and create lasting memories for our clients. My upbeat and comfortable interactive MC style makes me a great match for all ages and different types of events. I am a vocalist and musician, as well as a DJ and Game Show Host. I am available to perform locally or nationally for special events.
Solo Performance: I perform Musical Memories from the 60s, 70s and 80s, playing guitar and singing songs from my past. Please follow this link to see my photo gallery, videos and song list. www.kenoverbey.com
Ken Sings the Standards: Looking for a singer to perform the great “Crooner” songs from the past? I can sing for Cocktails or Dinner at your next special event. Follow this link to hear samples. www.kenoverbey.com/audio.html
Rock Paper Scissors Group: An outstanding Trio that entertains with great instrumentation and harmonies. We perform Classic Rock Standards that really gets the crowds going.
Please follow this link to view photo gallery, videos and song list. www.rockpaperscissorsgroup.com
Game Show Host: I can host your next game show event in the style of Family Feud or Jeopardy. Please follow this link to view our national game show site. www.gameshowconnection.com
What Clients Say About Ken
Ken, The members of Naperville Country Club love having you perform at our events. Whether you're performing solo or with your group, the members always make it a point to come out when you are on the schedule. Your range of music is incredible, and I am always impressed with how fast you can “vibe” with the crowd so as to pick musical favorites that the members and their guests want to hear. I would be more than happy to serve as a reference and would give my whole hearted recommendations to anyone looking to have you perform at an event.
Chamber of Commerce
This past summer we were lucky to be able to book out Ken for three of our cruise night events. Each week he performed we heard nothing but great feedback from community members and businesses that were able to hear him play those nights. Thank you Ken for sharing your talent with us, we look forward to booking you again.
Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Ken Overbey played for our 60's themed surprise birthday party for a friend who was turning 60. His 4-hour live performance was outstanding in every way! Songs from the 60s, 70s and even some 60's tv theme songs. Everyone commented on the fantastic "live" entertainment. Our guests are still sending compliments and we all agree that Ken will be playing at our next gathering. He simply couldn't have been any better and our guests couldn't have been any happier! Thanks for making this party such a memorable event for everyone!
August 6, 2016
VFW is a non-profit veterans organization
Ken played/entertained at our recent Oktoberfest & also a "Homecoming Celebration" at the Lisle Hilton back in August. He brought 2 "dull parties" to "LIFE" with his music, singing & entertaining. Several people requested his business card for future activities.
19th District VFW
Supportive Living facility for seniors 65 & older
Thank you so much for playing your music for our Independence Day celebration for our senior residents and all their family members. We received so many compliments on your entertainment! You were lively and energetic and got our group moving and grooving! We have had this party for 6 years and this year- with you as our entertainment for the first time- was the best year yet! Thank you so much and I look forward to having you back next year for the same party! GREAT GREAT GREAT JOB!!!
July 2, 2015
Sounds Abound hosted our company holiday party this past year and everyone that came stated that it was an overwhelming success! Truly it was our best holiday party- EVER! Sounds Abound provided Family Feud Game Show, Photo booth, & DJ services. This review is a couple months overdue, but we look forward to the opportunity of working with this company again. Great customer service and professionalism from start to finish. Thanks again Ken & team!
December 12, 2014
Ken, Mary Ann and I would never hesitate to endorse you and Sounds Abound. When we were thinking of having entertainment at our 50th wedding anniversary, you were the obvious choice. You performed to everyone's highest expectations. When planning such an affair there are many things to consider. One of the most important is the entertainment. Retaining you was a no-brainer. We eliminated a potential problem by hiring you and your wonderful performers, Rock Paper Scissors. Our event went seamlessly and a large amount of credit for that happening is the fact that you were there for us on time and performed within all our expectations. We weren't certain of what we were doing or what to expect, but you made it all happen and for that we are extremely grateful. You, Gregg and the others were outstanding. No problems. No questions. Keep up the good work. If we have a chance to use your services again we certainly will.
August 9, 2014
Professional, Tasteful, & Entertaining
We have been working with Sounds Abound for years. Not only do we recommend their DJ services to our clients, we also utilize them at the club. We also enjoy Ken Overbey's solo act, he is a talented entertainer and a pleasure to work with.
Naperville Country Club
Survey Says-AWESOME EVENT!
Ken and Kyle Overbey and their team provided our Fiserv Legal Department with a fantastic game show experience during our annual department meeting. Ken was so easy to work with and so focused on creating a fun and memorable experience for each person who participated in the Survey Says game show. People are still talking about the event - they had a great time! Thanks again Ken!!
The company that makes corporate events fun and your business look great!
All the Sounds Abound staff are top professionals, know how to work a crowd, creating excitement or focus, whenever necessary. Thank you for another wonderful job at this event, that is so important to the business community in the Downers Grove area.
September 27, 2013
Throughout the night, we consistently received comments that Ken was "wonderful". He catered to people of every age, was very attentive to timing and our schedules and he was very professional. We loved the specialty dances and everyone at the wedding said they had a blast out on the dance floor! In addition, the uplighting that was provided through Sounds Abound brought an untimely elegance to the room that would not have been achieved without their help. The photobooth was a HUGE success and people are still talking about it! It was so much fun! Everything was wonderful!
October 30, 2010
"Folks were on the dance floor all night long! They didn't want to leave!!! I've had wonderful positive comments about how fun the wedding was. I believe this is a direct result of ability of the DJ to read the audience. Well done! I think you guys are GREAT!"
June 24, 2011
Linda – Mustang Construction – August 24, 2012
“Ken, You are awesome and made the event flow smoothly and moved right along on the tight schedule. You did an absolute fabulous job! You made it fun for everyone. I am still getting compliments coming in!”
Glenda – French Lick Resort – June 8, 2012
“Excellent. Ken did a great job with very little to work with.”
Sue & Tom – February 25, 2012
“Awesome time… I would refer you to all people.”
Christine – Kohler Credit – January 14, 2012
“I wanted to take a moment to share with you the awesome job Ken did hosting the game show and providing the DJ service. There wasn’t one person that did not thoroughly enjoy the game show and Ken’s sense of humor. He was a complete gentleman and professional, yet was easy going and flexible to our needs. Thanks again for such awesome entertainment.”
Betsy & Pat – June 24, 2011
“Folks were on the dance floor all night long! They didn’t want to leave!!! I’ve had wonderful positive comments about how fun the wedding was. I believe this is a direct result of ability of the DJ to read the audience. Well done! I think you guys are GREAT!”
Michael – Oak Lawn Mazda – December 23, 2010
“Ken did our Company Christmas party at the Clubhouse in Oakbrook. We loved the game show. Thank you for a wonderful evening.”
Therese & Jon – October 30, 2010
“Throughout the night, we consistently received comments that Ken was “wonderful”. He catered to people of every age, was very attentive to timing and our schedules and he was very professional. We loved the specialty dances and everyone at the wedding said they had a blast out on the dance floor! In addition, the uplighting that was provided through Sounds Abound brought an untimely elegance to the room that would not have been achieved without their help. The photobooth was a HUGE success and people are still talking about it! It was so much fun! Everything was wonderful!”
Tasha – World Kitchen – August 25, 2010
“Ken was great to work with and made everything very easy.”
Veronica – Illinois Society of Professional Engineers – July 24, 2010
“Ken does a great job getting the crowd up off their feet!”
Darci – February 19, 2010
“Sounds Abound made my 50th birthday party a memorable event for all who attended. First of all the room was decked with lighting that set the mood for the entire evening. The Up Lighting was a surprise element that truly set the decor and mood for a fabulous evening. The photo booth provided another element of fun. My guests had the best time dressing up and the pictures are hilarious keepsakes for both me and the guests. The photo booth was a classy way to add fun and zest to the evening. The DJ and the music added an immeasurable dimension t the entire evening from beginning to end. The DJ really directed the energy of the party. I can compare it to a rollercoaster ride. The music at the beginning of the party was filled with anticipation and the height was almost electric with energy, and the final cool down was so graceful and purposely chosen to ensure that the guests left with great memories that will last far beyond the evening. All three services made my 50th birthday the most talked about event in my circle of friends. In the last week I have had several friends ask about the DJ, photo booth and the dramatic lighting. Thank you for a spectacular event. I am going on vacation for my 60th as there is nothing that can top my 50th! Thank you!”
Amber & Chris – October 17, 2009
“Ken, Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job. Our reception would not have been as fun and memorable without all of your hard work! Thanks Again.”
Julie & Bill – September 19, 2009
“WOW! you sure know how to get and keep a party going!! You were wonderful at our wedding and so helpful throughout the evening. I know Kristin and Sean were so greateful for your help and direction! Ken, we can’t thank you enough for helping to make the evening so special for our daughter and son-in-law! Sounds Abound Rocks!”
Crystal & Chris – August 22, 2009
“Ken’s performance was excellent. Exceeded expectations.”
Brittany & Matt – June 13, 2009
“I would recommend them to anyone! Ken was great. He kept the wedding moving!”
Meghan & Tyler – June 12, 2009
“Our DJ, Ken was amazing! Sounds Abound helped us with our invitations and all of our wedding needs. They made this so easy for us. All of our guests had nothing but good things to say about the music and how fun the DJ was. I would recommend them to anyone. We sent our friend to Sounds Abound for their wedding and the booked immediately! As soon as I walked in the office, I knew I was going to sign with them.”
Becky Jo – MOG Jiyoung & Lawrence – June 5, 2009
“What can I say …..from the first time I called to inquire about Sounds Abound til the clock struck midnight at the wedding reception on June 5th you and your company have been nothing but highly professional and totally in tune to how we wanted this reception to go!! Thank you for being the “Master of Ceremony” at my son’s wedding. The music, the lighting, the sound system, the energy was extraordinary!! You have become apart of our family’s memories of one of the most important events we will have. Sounds Abound music cost guess around $2,000.00, extra lighting $200 extra, extra sound system $250 having Ken Overbey be the “Master of Ceremony” PRICELESS!!”
Barbara – MOB Kimberly & Patrick – March 14, 2009
“I cannot tell you thank you enough! You did an absolutely fabulous, outstanding, superlative job at Kim & Pat’s wedding!!!!! From the very first phone call a year ago, to the room set-up and help with the video, to suggestions on timing some specific events, to the wedding party introductions, to keeping people dancing on the floor all night, we couldn’t have asked for more. I had hoped people would dance and enjoy the night, and YOU made sure they did!! Our friends said they loved the job you did, that you were a fantastic master-of-ceremony for the evening, keeping everything moving along at the perfect pace. They would all recommend you to their friends!! Also, Kim was thrilled you found the “Pittsburgh Polka” to welcome the new in-laws! And the lights added a wonderfully festive touch!!! Please feel free to use me as a reference at any time, as I cannot speak highly enough. I don’t know why anyone would even consider choosing anyone else!!!”
Christine Packer Engineering – January 31, 2009
“We had a mixed age group at our company function and Sounds Abound was able to accommodate all of their music wishes. The dinner music was perfect and didn’t interfere with conversations. We thoroughly enjoyed having Ken Overbey as our DJ and would gladly use their services again.”
Amy & Chris – November 21, 2008
“From the first time we met JoAnn at the store through our first meeting with Ken to discuss music, everyone we encountered was very nice, professional, and knowledgeable. We were unsure of what music to use and Ken had great suggestions. Many people have approached us to tell us how great the DJ was. They were excited that the music was not too loud and conversations could be carried on at the tables. Our friends were also commenting on how the DJ taught group dances! If it weren’t for Ken, some people said they would not have been dancing! We told Ken we wanted a party for all to enjoy and he delivered that and then exceeded our expectations! Thank you Ken and Sounds Abound!”
Jen & Matt – October 11, 2008
“Ken and the Sounds Abound staff did an outstanding job meeting our every need and music requests. Multiple comments were made by wedding guests as to how well the DJ performed and we could not have asked for anything better on our wedding night. Sounds Abound helped make our reception a hit with great music selections and a personable, confident and knowledgable DJ.”
Michelle & Thomas – September 26, 2008
“Amazing, couldn’t be happier. Everyone commented on how great Ken was.”
Jaclyn & Chris – August 16, 2008
“Ken was great! He had guests on the dance floor ALL night! Everyone had a great time at the wedding and we continue to hear comments on how much fun people had! Thank you to Ken and Sounds Abound for making our wedding day truly a day people will never forget!”
Nancy & Chad – August 2, 2008
“Sounds Abound and Ken Overbey met all of our expectations and more! If you’re looking for a professional, yet laid-back DJ company for your wedding reception, I personally recommend them. Ken met all of our needs from beginning to end; from our one on one meeting until the end of our wedding reception. Sounds Abound helped make our wedding day…perfect!”
Connie & Jason – June 14, 2008
“What a wonderful job Ken did. We were told he was the best in the business and he was. He made sure that people were on the dance floor at all times. He was also willing to change things around as far as what was happening during dinner. We had a great time with him!”
Christine & Christopher – December 22, 2007
“Ken was excellent. Thank you so much for everything!! The guests loved the music and are still talking about our wedding!! We greatly appreciate the personal attention you gave us! Thanks.”
Claire & Mike – November 24, 2007
“We knew what to expect with Ken and he did not disappoint. He had the dance floor going the whole night and the music and his interaction were perfect. I highly recommend Sounds Abound to anyone planning a wedding.”
Lisa & Jimmy – November 3, 2007
“Ken, Thank you so much. Everything was excellent and the BRIDE stayed on the dancefloor all night as most of the guests seem to do. Mission accomplished!”
Michelle & Jason – September 1, 2007
“Ken was really great. We felt so confident from the beginning and he did a fantastic job. The dance floor was always full, and we had so much fun! He really kept the night in order! The rest of the staff at Sounds Abound were also very helpful anytime we needed anything, I must have emailed JoAnn at least 10 times…she was so great! Thanks for everything!!”
Tim Naperville Public Safety – St. Baldrick’s Committee – March 2, 2007
“Sounds Abound provided entertainment and Ken was the DJ for our event for the third year and continued in the pattern of excellence he has consistently demonstrated. Ken, thank you for your outstanding performance – not only did you involve the crowd in activities, but you kept the music running and varied. I was impressed with your professionalism, and the way that you seemed to have just the right sound, song, or effect at your fingertips…no advance warning of what was coming and you were right on cue! Thanks again for your continued support of our event. I am convinced that without your visible/audible and behind the scenes contributions, our event would not have progressed as smoothly, nor been as successful as it was!”
Kristen & Mark – July 22, 2006
“Ken was wonderful! Not only did he keep the dance floor packed all night but when the night was almost over we chose to extend the reception for another hour because no one wanted to leave! I know we have Ken to thank for that and he was so cooperative when we asked him to keep the party going. Thanks!!!”
Roxanne & John – May 28, 2006
“Ken and his associate were wonderful. They had the guests up and dancing for the whole evening. As mother of the bride and host of this wedding reception I definitely feel we got our moneys worth and more. Thanks Ken.”
Jeanne & Craig – December 10, 2005
“We were so pleased with Ken and Kyle. Ken asked us every question possible to make sure everything went smoothly. Ken played many songs from our songlist, and we all had a great time. Craig and I had a blast, and my guests are still talking about what fun they had. And, the video montage was excellent! I would recommend Sounds Abound to everyone!”
Nancy & Michael (Parents of the Bride) – April 23, 2005
“Ken Overbey was the DJ at my daughter’s wedding. He and his assistant, and the sound were terrific. He handled the entire evening so professionally, and kept the dance floor hopping all night long. He started out with light music during dinner. He was a wonderful emcee during the toasts and the first dances, and from there it just kept getting better. He knew when to speed things up, when to slow them down, and when to emcee without taking the spotlight away from the bride and groom. Ken completely handled the entertainment…all the way to the end when Ken played Billy Joel’s Piano Man–he had the crowed gather around the bride and groom and they began to sing and sway while the groom literally swept the bride off her feet. It was breathtaking. The best compliment, though, was a comment from an 80+ year old guest who said he has not danced at a wedding in 24 years, but he just had to get up and dance that night. Now, that says it all…We were very, very pleased with Sounds Abound and Ken Overbey and his assistant, and will recommend them to everybody in the future. Thanks, Ken, for making our party such a success. How can you improve perfection?”