Herb Drayton

Lead DJ

We call him Basil. Cause he's our favorite Herb. An absolute terrible joke, we know. But Herb Drayton is not only one of our talented DJs, he's also a longtime friend. Owner Troy Adams has known Herb for over a decade. The first time they met, Troy was actually umpiring his first softball game...and called Herb out on (bad) strikes. And that was when Troy first learned of Herb's great patience & personality. 


A father of two, there is nothing Herb can't handle. He actually went to Michigan to play QB...at the same time Tom Brady was there. So he decided to play backup Safety instead! We're not trying to name-drop, just to point out that he's been in big events. But no event will be bigger to him than your wedding and he'll treat it as such. His first wedding involved teaming up with a national band...and he nailed it. His next one after that, he avoided a runaway tent and kept a flawless ceremony! Point is, there's nothing he cant' handle. He's patient, personable, humble, engaging & dedicated. And he'll make sure everything is fun, easy, stress-free and a huge success. 


Email:  Herb@CarolinaDJProfessionals.com


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

It is safe to say that Carolina DJ Professionals helped to make my wedding one of the best days ever. I mean it was PERFECT. 
When I started to choose a DJ I honestly had no idea where to start and how to know the bad from the good. I chose Carolina DJ because they worked a few charity events I've been to and where great.  After my initial inquiry I was introduced to Herb (the DJ assigned to my wedding) and THANK GOODNESS for him! I honestly would not have thought of half the things was asking.


I didn't have to worry about a SINGLE thing with them! We also had some fairly non-traditional music during our ceremony and Herb was on top of making sure he had the music and sending me samples to make sure it was exactly what I wanted.

I honestly had no less than 10 guests come up to me during the reception and ask where I found him cause he was killing it! He also managed to nicely and discreetly say no to the guests who kept requesting things on my do not play list :) (sorry mom, no YMCA). 
Long story short Perfect!!

~ Caroline & Kyle Lucas - Monroe, NC

We LOVED Carolina DJ Professionals!!! Herb and Troy are outstanding, and were two of our favourite vendors to work with throughout the wedding planning process. Herb is one of the nicest guys I've ever met, and a great DJ! He kept everyone on the dance floor all night and we've gotten so many compliments on how amazing he and the music were. He really had a great feel for the room! And, he was so flexible! My husband is Scottish and we incorporated some Scottish traditions that were out of the norm, but Herb rocked it! 

My favourite part of the evening was the first dance when we danced for a few minutes, then the wedding party joined us, and then the entire wedding joined us in our dance. It could've been a bit strange, or tough to coordinate, but it went so smoothly and was such a special part of the night! He also worked with my Dad on including a surprise song as our Dad/Daughter dance, which was absolutely amazing. Not only that, but the wedding planning process was made so easy.

They are extremely organized with a spreadsheet and song list to help keep things flowing smoothly. It made us feel comfortable throughout the process since we knew they had us covered. Highly, highly recommend these guys!!! I agree with other reviews. Look no further!! These guys are wonderful!

~ Lauren & Anton Gray - Simpsonville, SC

We selected Carolina DJ Professionals for our wedding in June -- they were incredible in every way. From spending the months leading up to our wedding helping us plan and providing tips from their experience in the wedding industry, to ensuring that our actual wedding day played out as flawlessly as possible, we couldn't have been more grateful to have them by our side. Throughout the entire planning process, I told everyone that the one vendor we weren't concerned about was our DJ -- they were so involved and helpful from the very beginning.

What makes Troy and his team stand out relative to other DJ's is that they go beyond just serving as a day-of music provider. They want to become part of your planning process and ensure that you feel comfortable with everything related to your wedding from start to finish. We had Herb as our DJ, and would recommend him to anyone -- you will not be sorry!

Thanks for everything, CDJP! You were a big part of making our day wonderful and we are so grateful.

~ Jordan & Jordan Paschal - Hickory, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals made our special day PERFECT! From the beginning of our planning process, Troy and Herb constantly stayed in touch with us, were quick to respond to any questions we had, and soon became family!


Herb sat down with my husband and I and helped us pick the perfect songs for our perfect day. Herb also attended our detailing appointment, so that he was prepared for set-up in wedding day. He constantly texted and emailed me to ensure that every detail was perfect-- the communication was great! The day of the wedding, the songs were perfect. I had a friend sing during the processional, and another friend entertain guests during cocktail hour, and the music that Herb strung between each transition was brilliant. Each song was what I had imagined, and all set up was done and taken care of by Herb (he even did a sound check with my friends before the ceremony).


I did not have to worry about a thing all day when it came to our DJ. All of our guests have been commenting nonstop on the music, and Herb made sure to keep the dance floor packed all night! Guests enjoyed his enthusiasm, dancing behind the booth, and song choices from dinner through our send off. After the wedding, both Troy and Herb reached out to us to make sure we had a great wedding and to wish us well-- but the best part... Herb took pictures of us all night and sent them to me with the well wishes! The fact that our DJ, and the company, went out of their way to constantly make us feel supported and important is enough for me to recommend them to anyone! I absolutely recommend this company, this DJ, their full services, and the uplighting (it was beautiful). I work for a wedding coordination company, Beautiful Day Wedding Coordination, and I will ensure that Carolina DJ Professionals is recommended to all of our couples! Thank you Troy and Herb!!!

~ Hannah & Mason Scott - Concord, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. We had the true privilege to work with DJ Herb, who was extremely professional, organized and engaged throughout the wedding planning process. We were considering making some (very) last minute changes yet he was more than willing to accommodate these requests.


The music was perfect for the reception. He kept our guests on the dance floor all night, from friends to grandparents. Troy was also amazing to work with for our wedding. He consistently checked in on us and was willing to help anyway needed. We highly recommend Carolina DJ Professionals and DJ Herb!!

~ Kaitlin & Spencer Taylor - Asheville, NC

I used Carolina DJ Professionals for my wedding on April 30th, 2016. I was more than impressed with their organization, attention to detail, and their speedy response to texts and emails. Troy (the owner) was super personable and constantly checking in to make sure things were perfect. Herb (my DJ) was better than I could have ever imagined. We met several times to ensure my wedding was the day I've always dreamed of.


By the wedding day I felt as if we were friends and I could go to him for any requests and ask anything from him! I would reccomend this company and these two great professionals to anyone and everyone looking to make their wedding absolutely perfect. You won't regret booking them, trust me!!!

~ Shannon & Camden Smith - Monroe, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals went above and beyond to make sure our wedding and reception were a great success. From the first meeting, to the planning and prep, to the actually event they lived up to their professional title.


Everyone was highly complimentary of their work and they made the day seamless and a blast for us and our guests. It was an easy decision to work with them and we're so glad we did. You wont be disappointed!


Fantastic job from start to finish!

~ Jamilee & Ash Hollar - Concord, NC

We absolutely loved working with Herb and Troy! They went over and beyond to make our wedding day flawless. Not only did they have every detail set for the big day, but the music was on point and perfect. I cannot say enough wonderful things about our DJ.


Not only did he play great music, but he set the ceremony up perfectly and even went over and beyond the call of duty and put all the plastic window covers down when it started to rain at our venue. Seriously AMAZED at his work. We loved Carolina DJ Professionals.

~ Andrea & Josiah Martin - Statesville, NC

I don't even know where to begin. Troy and Herb did an outstanding job taking care of all my wedding music needs. I live on the WC and planning a destination wedding in NC and getting everything just right had me nervous.


From my initial conversation with them through the end of the wedding night...it all went smooth. They even thought to bring up answers and solutions to details I wasn't thinking of.


Hands down I would book them again in the future for any party. Thanks guys you are the best!

~ Michelle & Matthew Smith - Elkin, NC

For our wedding we had Herb as our DJ. Herb was absolutely phenomenal! From our pre-wedding meetings with him all the way through our wedding day and reception! With myself and my wife coming from different backgrounds, myself Irish and her being Puerto Rican it definitely made the music selection tricky and a challenge.


Herb hit it out of the park and had the dance floor going all night. Herb had everything under control and definitely made our special night that much more special. Herb thank you for everything you did for us! ASK FOR HERB AND YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED ONE BIT!!!

~ Tanya & James Brochu - Mooresville, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals, specifically our DJ (Herb), did a FANTASTIC job on our wedding! Herb met with us multiple times (both over the phone and in person) before the wedding to help us schedule the evening and pick songs. One of our favorite memories was slow dancing to a song of our choosing at the end of the night after all the other guests had left (Herb's suggestion).


The sound system and up-lighting they used was perfect and Herb was able to adapt on the fly to song requests made by guests during the night. We've already recommended Carolina DJ Professionals (especially Herb) to our friends who are planning their own wedding. The DJ services were definitely the highlight of our night and lots of our guests agreed!!!

~ Jessica & Will Dooley - Charlotte, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals made my wedding day amazing! Herb was our DJ and everything was done perfectly! My husband and I never left the dance floor- he kept everyone dancing all night! It was SO much fun.


All of our friends can't stop talking about it! Highly recommend!!

~ Amber & JT Pope - Pittsboro, NC

Herb was our DJ and he was awesome from start to finish! He helped us plan every part of the reception. Even with all of our crazy ideas, he was on board and had awesome feedback on how to make it all work. 


Great Emcee! Great DJ! Awesome person! Troy checked in to make sure everything was going smooth the entire time. Would choose them again in a heart beat!

~ Emily & Nathan Workman - Hickory, NC


We could not have been happier with Carolina DJ Professionals. Troy and Herb were both great to work with. They were very attentive, and had thought of every detail. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a DJ for a wedding or any event. I can't tell you how happy we were with our choice!


~ Nick & Naila Jones - Charlotte, NC

Herb was a great DJ. He met with us multiple times over the months leading to the wedding and went out with us to the venue in advance to familiarize himself with the setup.


He was easy to talk to and very approachable. Especially liked how we could set up multiple speakers in different areas to play different music throughout the evening.


~ Kristen & Rich Dyer - Mooresville, NC

They provided great services for our wedding. Loved the lighting and music!

Great to work with!
They helped to make our day so special! They were very attentative and made sure that we were pleased with the service. Great experience with Herb and Troy!

~ Emily & Jonathan Jones - Harrisburg, NC

Herb and Troy with Carolina DJ Professionals were amazing!! They are very professional, caring, flexible, and fun! They were a pleasure to work with, dependable, and reasonably priced.

I would recommend them to anyone!!

~ Betsy & Jay Nagpal - Concord, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals sent DJ Herb Drayton to Waterford Hall for a 50th Birthday Party. As a venue manager it's always important that the vendors I hire are extremely professional as they are representing our venue, in addition to their own company. Herb did a fantastic job ~ he arrived early with a professional looking setup, he had a great attitude (even when we asked him to climb stairs), he was self-sufficient and energetic, and most importantly he kept the guests on the dance floor all night! I highly recommend Carolina DJ Professionals as they always provide a consistent and enjoyable experience.

~ Kathryn Rudisill - Bouk Management / Galway Hooker Pub / Waterford Hall

Herb of Carolina DJ Professionals was AMAZING!!! He played the best music all night, from when the guests arrived throughout dinner and all the way to the end of the Dance....spectacular!!!


The best DJ that we have book in the past 3 years for any of our school dances.

~ Charlotte Christian HS Prom Staff - Charlotte, NC

Herb was the man!! He kept our members dancing all night long!! 
Any requests the members wanted he was able to provide for them. 
Carolina DJ professionals do a fantastic job and always make our events great!!

~ Brittanie Cockrell - Event Coordinator, Pine Island Country Club

I cannot say enough good things about Troy and the guys at Carolina DJ Professionals. From our very first planning meeting with Troy and our DJ Ben, it was love at first sight. I'm not even kidding - my husband and I LOVE these guys. We were planning an Asheville wedding from Columbia, SC, and CDJP are in Charlotte. They went above and beyond to make us feel at ease about all the long distance planning, and held our hands through what really can be a stressful time.


Full disclosure, we were looking for a band when we started our planning, but we never would have had that thought if we knew DJs could be this great. Ben was AMAZING during our big day - we gave him practically no guidance because we're terrible clients, and he gave us exactly what we had dreamed of. Herb was also amazing, making sure everything stayed on track the day of, and making sure it all went off without a hitch.


We had a PERFECT wedding day, and a lot of it was because of how great these guys are.
Thank you Troy, Ben and Herb - we're so grateful for you!!!! -The Browns

~ Kim & Corleon Brown - Asheville, NC

This DJ is beyond amazing. So easy to work with, very prepared and response time back is very fast. He made our wedding experience truly memorable. My song list and ceremony music was very specific and he nailed it for sure. 


He was also so kind to come to rehearsal to practice to make me feel at ease. Hands down best DJ I have ever dealt with. You deserve more than 5 stars!!! ☺️

~ Chelsea & Casey Harris - Hamptonville, NC

Carolina DJ Professionals is absolutely amazing!! Seriously look no further for your dj, book them now! They are extremely professional, organized and helpful! Every step of the way Troy was so helpful and really put our minds at ease! Each time we left a meeting with him we were just so overly happy with our decision to go with them. They seriously know what they are doing and will make it super easy for you and you will be super happy with the outcome. I really enjoyed all the things they provided us with like the timeline that they talk with you about to figure out what to do when during the wedding, spreadsheet of music to choose from, detailed information sheet about your wedding.


They pay very close attention to detail and it really shows when they dj your wedding. We had people complementing Carolina DJ Pros all night and saying how much fun they had at the wedding and that was all thanks for Troy and his great sense of people and how the crowd is doing. I am an extremely organized person and was very very picky when it came to choosing my DJ and I can seriously say that I made the absolute best choice by choosing Carolina DJ pros!! They are really there for you and only you! I cannot say enough great things about this company!! Do yourself a favor and book this company! Set up a meeting with Troy or another one of their amazing DJs and you will see all the amazing things I'm talking about!!

~ Chelsea & Adam Ellington - Salisbury, NC

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

1,000 stars 

Here we go... Where do I start with Troy and the gang? Troy truly loves what he does and it is apparent from the first time you meet him. He has probably played Wagon Wheel and the Wobble three times a weekend for the past 19 years (I don't know how old the Wobble is, but my wife loves it) but he has a legitimate blast every time a song starts. Troy became a friend after having only met him in person a few times before our wedding. He was diligent in getting to know us, our music preferences, and what we wanted (a packed dance floor) during our big day. 

Of the million things to worry about falling into place on our wedding day, music and Troy taking care of business was never one of them. He worked with our coordinator, music group and officiant like they were all lifelong friends. Pretty sure my mom will be sending him holiday cards for years to come. 

You can not go wrong if you choose Carolina DJ professionals for your event or wedding. 

The only way you can go wrong is by booking someone else.

~ Philip & Meredith Carden - Monroe, NC (via Chicago & Arkansas) 

These guys are terrific. We met with our DJ a few times before the big day and he helped us organize the music for the ceremony and reception. We had everything we wanted; as for the selections that we weren't sure about like dance and dinner music, we gave some genres that we liked and he had the perfect songs.


I even asked for unconventional music like guitar shredding songs and metal. He was was willing to work with it but my wife shot it down like Duck Hunt on the old Nintendo. These guys gave us an incredible soundtrack for our special day, we're so glad we chose them!
  ~ Lindsey & Wes Taylor - Mooresville, NC

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

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

Freddy Mercury in Queen.


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

A high-top fade.


If I'm your DJ, I promise I won't… 

Play the Chicken Dance. 


What are your strongest traits as a DJ?    

My dedication to make your day perfect. 


What's your favorite sport?  
Golf, Football, Tennis.


Favorite teams?

Buffalo Bills & Carolina Panthers


Favorite activities beside DJing?

Sports & Road Trips. 


You're too old…

to be irresponsible. 


You're too young to…

stop dancing. 


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

#41 by Dave Matthews Band