Chris McKinney

Lead DJ & Staff Manager

Our theme song for Chris is Mr. Mom. You know the song by Lonestar. It's all about being a stay at home Dad, which Chris is for two twin boys. So needless to say, the man has incredible patience. And he's probably also the smartest of all of us! But he's more than just an intelligent family man. He's very active in the community with Cystic Fibrosis, and of course, he's a skilled DJ. Chris came to us through one of our other DJs, Patrick Ryder. Immediately upon talking to Chris, we knew he was a fit for our company. I was actually worried he'd been tipped off or something because he was so in-tune with our personalized approach!


He's extremely dedicated to making the planning process, and certainly the day of, an amazing one. Chris can even share some "DJ horror-stories" from the DJ he hired for his own wedding many years ago. So he knows first hand the importance of making things right for YOU. And his committment is clear once you talk with him. With his attitude, character, experiences and dedication, he's sure to make things easy, fun and successful for your big day. 




Read some of his reviews from clients below. Find even more on Wedding Wire & The Knot

Carolina DJ Professionals are fantastic. The owner takes a very active role in making sure the clients get what they need. They are incredibly responsive, organized, professional, and personable. Chris served as our DJ and was fantastic throughout the planning process and on the day of our wedding. They allowed us to take as much or as little control as we wanted over the music selections, and rolled with the punches on the big day.


The best part may have been that they consistently checked in with us, which is a big relief when trying to keep up with a slew of different vendors. They let us know what information they needed, when they needed it, and reminded us (without being irritating or pushy) of those dates. Knowing right off the bat that we could trust these guys to do a great job was a major relief for this Type-A, worry-prone bride!

~ Cassidy & Tanner Lackey - Hickory, NC

We can't say enough good things about Chris from Carolina DJ Professionals. He met with us I don't know how many times before our wedding, answered countless emails, updated our planner at least 5 times. Troy, the owner, also checked in on us multiple times. And the most important part, the wedding music was AMAZING!!


We had so much fun and many of our friends told us it was one of the funnest weddings they had ever been to. Everyone danced all night, everything was just great. Thank you again Chris!!
If you are looking for a DJ who will make your wedding SO FUN, go with these guys, you will be happy you did!


~ Brianne & Andrew Hostutler - Fort Mill, SC

We used Carolina DJ Professionals for our wedding in Charlotte on 4/16. From day one, Troy and Chris (our DJ) were so helpful and professional during all of our meetings! There were a few minor changes to our wedding timeline day of and Chris could not have done a better job rolling with the punches and still putting on a great dancing experience for everyone!


Many guests have said that this was one (if not the best) DJ experience they have had and my husband and I cannot agree any more!!
Again, thank you Troy and Chris for being apart of our special day!!

~ Emily & Rich Mautz - Charlotte, NC

Both Troy and Chris at Carolina DJ Professionals were so wonderful to work with and did an amazing job! Throughout the entire planning process, they were available and responsive to help answer any questions we had. They have wonderful tools to help make the planning process much easier.


We also loved how personable their approach is and how important it is for them get to know their clients before the big day. We met with Chris a few times prior to our wedding and we found it very helpful to walk through the timeline and help him understand the vision we had for our wedding. He was very understanding and flexible. Everyone had a blast at the wedding and we can’t thank Chris enough for the exceptional job he did as our DJ!

~ Jennifer & Kevin Butterbaugh - Charlotte, NC

We loved working with Carolina DJs. We had Chris as our DJ and he was incredible. He was accommodating to my song requests, understood our vision for the night, and understood exactly what we wanted. 

He knew how to handle our large and diverse crowd perfectly! He even have a great idea of giving my husband and I a private last dance at the end of the night as our guests lined up for our exit. They even gave us a discount for a Sunday wedding!

~ Shannon & Preston Willett - Concord, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals provided us with such excellent service! From the day we contacted them up until the wedding day they were responsive and helpful. They asked us questions we never even thought about to help us make our event the best it could be!


I would recommend them to any bride and groom looking for a great DJ for a wedding. I loved working with them and will contact them for my next event.

~ Tara & Dan Marshall - Iron Station, NC

Chris, our wedding DJ, and owner Troy were everything we could ask for in a DJ company. Both Chris and Troy checked in with us frequently and were always accepting of changes and tweaks to the schedule.


They were very professional and always on top of things. Chris got so many compliments from the wedding guests. Chris even took photos and videos of our ceremony space that were so special to us! Highly recommend!

~ Daniella & Brandon James - Charlotte, NC

Troy and Chris made the entire process very easy. Being able to review the songs and playlists mattered a lot to my wife and I.


Chris did a great job of feeling out the guests and keeping the party going until the end. All of our friends and family could not stop talking about how much fun they had!

~ Johnnie & Kayla Perry - Asheville, NC

Communication by both Troy and Chris was great!
Chris did an excellent job as dj for our wedding reception.
I would definitely recommend Carolina DJ Professionals!

~ Megan & Randy Hint - Mooresville, NC

Chris was wonderfull to work with.
He was very flexible and was willing to work around our busy schedules.
He helped in giving our country wedding some much needed structure.
He helped make it a wondeful wedding.

~ Nichole & Jacob Walker - York, SC

Hiring Carolina Dj Professionals for our wedding was probably one of the best decisions we could have made. Troy and his team are amazing! They provided a photo booth, the lighting, and music/sound for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. They are so professional, so friendly, and they genuinely care about your big day and really help you customize your music selection.


The reception was a huge success! Troy and his team played all of our favorite songs and even got our parents and grandparents up and dancing! Our guests walked away saying it was the best reception they've been too! Outstanding service from beginning to end. We thoroughly enjoyed having Carolina Dj Professionals and would hire them all over again if we could :)
  ~ Katie & Chris Jablonski – Charlotte, NC

Chris with Carolina DJ Professionals was a saving grace for my event! Just a couple days prior we learned of a time change, in which our current DJ was unavailable ~ Chris willingly stepped in super-last-minute and took control of the event, like he had been involved all along.

All of Carolina's DJ Professionals' DJs are professional, punctual, and flexible. 

I highly recommend their team for any corporate or private event!
  ~ Kathryn Rudisill, Bouk Management - Cornelius, NC

We used Carolina DJ Professionals for a company fundraiser and have actually used them for this event for several years.


Chris was our DJ this time around and was great. Showed up on time, worked through a power issue that we had onsite, and played great music throughout the event. Job well done!
  ~ Christian McCall - Director of Marketing

I had a Fashion Show this past Thursday, August 20th for my company at the Oak Room. I worked with Chris and Herb and they were so easy to work with. They were on time, ready to start at 7pm and then throughout the event with very attentive to my needs. 
  ~ Steve Caldwell, Elevate Lifestyle Owner – Charlotte, NC

"Excellent team to work with! Very professional for any corporate function.
Chris did an amazing job at both our Boone and Charlotte stores.
Our customers, management and regional directors we all happy.
Another series of amazing events!"

~ Andrea Kall - Harris Teeter
"College Savings Nights" 

Chris did a great job and was so gracious to donate his services and skills to make our party a true success.
  ~ Lori Pope, Cystic Fibrosis – Charlotte, NC

If you were to be a singer or in a band, you'd be….

Alex Van Halen, Gene Krupa, Mitch Mitchell, or John Bonham


What's the worst hairdo you've ever had?

Shaved it all when my twins were born. 


If I'm your DJ, I promise I won't…

Play the Darth Vader theme music when you enter the Reception.  (Ask me why!)


What are your strongest traits as a DJ?    

To make an enjoyable and memorable soundtrack for your wedding day.


What's your favorite sport?  
To play...disc golf. To 


Favorite teams?

Carolina Panthers and #48


Favorite activities beside DJing?

Disc Golf & Hiking


Everyone asks the DJ what their favorite song what's yours?

Like a DJ, I can't pick just one, and they're completely different than the music we play at events...but a few would be Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman, The Ocean – Led Zeppelin, The Sky – Mat Zo & The Pretender – Foo Fighters.