Meet Our Team
We're ultra picky about who we hire to represent us and to entrust the responsibility of leading such big moments for you or your company. Every one of these people is incredible, and we're lucky to have them part of the CDJP family. Find reviews on each of them at Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Google.
Aaron Kinne, Lead DJ
Aaron is one of the most experienced DJs on our team. He's actually owned two of his own DJ businesses and ran them very successfully. So when Aaron came to us and said he didn't want to run a business anymore, he just wanted to DJ, we were blown away with excitement. See, when we first started, he was one of the guys we looked at and said, "he does great work." So the fact he thought highly enough of us to dissolve his own business and join ours was an absolute honor. Aaron is a true all-around pro.
For kickers, his wife is a very successful wedding photographer. So he lives this industry...and loves it. Aaron is very skilled at what he does. He's that perfect balance of being both engaging, and a great listener. He's full of character, competence, experience and humility. We're lucky to have him on our team and know he'll make a great addition to your team of vendors for any wedding or event.
Amaya Kinch, Lead DJ
Amaya is our internationally experienced DJ! While a student at Appalachian State, Amaya studied abroad in Australia. While there, she worked with a local DJ company and successfully executed a number of weddings! Fittingly, one of her life goals is to travel and DJ internationally. It's also one of her goals to work as many weddings & events as possible.
She loves what she does, and it shows. Amaya is full of life, energy, and joy. That carries over to the people she's around. It's hard to be in a bad mood around Amaya, as she brings us all
She's a fan of pretty much all music. From Indie to pop, 70s and 80s to current, she will get down...and help you get down...to anything. Put her passion, personality, experience and drive together, and we know she'll help make your event a memorable and successful one.
Brian Stauffer, Asheville Division Mgr
We love Brian's hair, but what we love more is his experience and character. He's been on-air as a radio DJ for 25 years, and much of that time working as a mobile DJ also. He's a seasoned professional, but more than that, he's also humble and hungry. He has a great attitude and way about him. We're lucky to have him on our team. It took a while to make it happen though...
When we first met Brian and offered him the job to join our team...he ended up having to decline it because he was relocated for a radio job. We were crushed. But then a year later we got the great news he was moving back to Asheville for good. With his Mom there, and after working all over the country, this is where he wants to call home. He loves dogs, people, and he's constantly striving to improve. We know Brian is a pro, and we know he'll help make your day a huge success.
Courtney Russell, Live Music Director
Courtney is our Live Music Division Director. She's an accomplished singer & songwriter and travels the country performing both solo and with her band. She's got a sweet voice, a sweeter soul, and some serious guitar skills.
She's also one of the most easy-going people we've met. She's the type of person that makes you feel comfortable, no matter the situation. It's like you've known her for years, even when you've just met. She's a listener and a leader.
Fun fact: Courtney has trained and performed with the incredible Quinton Gibson, lead guitarist for Darius Rucker. And for years she also ran our Photo Booth division. To say she's deep, diverse & talented would be an understatement! We know she'll be able to help you with whatever live music needs you have!
David Miller, Lead DJ / Staff Mgr
It takes a special kind of person to excel in this industry. A person who loves people, teamwork, crazy schedules, challenges, music, technology, learning, and all things weddings and events. David is that person.
Not only did David have tremendous experience already when he joined our team, but his wife is also a wedding planner! David has a full understanding of everything it takes to execute a great wedding or event. He also exemplifies our core values.
David values relationships, prepares extensively, and pursues learning. He demonstrates both character and competence, puts people first, and translates experience to execution excellence. We're lucky to have him on our team, and we know he'll help make your event a success.
George White, Lead DJ
George White was born with headphones on. His first baby crib was actually an old equipment case. And at the age of 3 he started his Wedding career when he stole the hearts of hundreds with his Footloose performance of "Let's Hear it for the Boy" on a reception dance floor. Fast Forward 30 years & George is one of our Lead DJs.
What makes George strong as a DJ is his ability to listen to your ideas and bring them to life. He's a wizard on the board. I even had another DJ company call me once to ask who DJed a certain wedding because the photographer was still talking about how the DJ did for weeks after. George was that DJ. He's easy to talk to, fun, great with communication and of high character. And he loves his beards and growlers. Most importantly, he'll help make your event a success.
Herb Drayton, Lead DJ
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 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...while 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. His first wedding involved teaming up with a national band...and he nailed it. His next one, he avoided a runaway tent and kept a flawless ceremony! There's nothing he can't handle. He's patient, personable, engaging & dedicated. And he'll make sure everything is fun, stress-free & a huge success.
James Hickey, Charleston Division Mgr
James has it all. Oftentimes when we first meet someone who wants to be a DJ, we see areas we'll have to work on to mold them into the pro we want them to be. But James? He pretty much had it all at the start. His motivation, music knowledge, technical savvy, passion, communication, organization - I mean you name it, he demonstrated it.
James is tall. As are his goals. Not only does he love DJing, but he also has goals of running his own real estate investment company. He enjoys working with kids, lists both Kanye West and Queen as his favorite artists, and won't pass up watching The Lion King or Harry Potter.
He loves people, loves learning, and takes great joy in helping people laugh and celebrate. We know James is going to help make your event a huge success!
Business Development Director
Have you ever met someone and they just made you smile? That's Jennifer. She's always wearing a smile, and she always makes others smile. Which is one reason she's so darn good at her job as our Business Development Director. She puts other people first and it shows.
Let me also tell you another reason why she's great at what she does - she's organized, fun, dedicated, loyal, and is always looking to improve. She's worked in every aspect of this industry, from
catering to venue sales and management with incredible organizations like Marriott and the Omni. She's a wealth of information, yet she remains humble and hungry.
She's always looking to improve, and she's always looking to help others. We know she'll be able to find ways to help you also!
Jonathan Steele, Lead DJ
We're not totally sure what's going on here, but one thing we are sure of...Jonathan is a blast. I mean, one of the first times we met him he had on the same pink leotard that Lizzo wears in the
video for "Juice." I'll explain more about that later.
Not only is Jonathan an incredible DJ and human being, but he started out as a client when he and his fiance hired us to do his own wedding. Ohh...AND his soon to be wife...is also in the wedding industry. So yeah, he's pretty much as balanced and informed about the wedding industry, and our approach, as one can be. Jonathan is the type of guy you always want to be around. He's easy to get along with, always smiling, a great listener, and a driven "doer." He has high expectations for himself, and always wants to exceed the expectations of his clients. He's been a stand-out DJ and person from the day we met him, and we know he'll help make you and your day stand out also.
Jeff Smith, Staff Director / Lead DJ
Jeff is one of the most polite people we've ever met. Maybe it's from his military background. Maybe it's how he was raised. Maybe it's his character forged from life experiences. Whatever it's from, it's good. Like that song-that-just-makes-you-happy-and-wanna-dance-good. We met with Jeff and loved him from the start. It was during the busy season and we weren't planning to bring on any new team members until things slowed down, but Jeff remained thorough, caring and professional in his communication with us. It became quickly clear that he was someone we needed to have on our team.
Jeff's communication is as positive as his personality. He's on-time, detailed and considerate. He seeks first to understand others and then delivers what he can do to help. We're honored to have him on our team and we know he'll help make your event a success. Just don't ask him to do his Axl Rose dance.
Karenski Brown, Lead DJ
Karenski is our music connoisseur. In addition to his DJ skills, he's also a music teacher and performer. If he's not DJing, you'll probably find him behind a keyboard performing at Dean & DeLuca, Mickey & Mooch or several other spots.
He studied Music Performance in college and was in the Marching Band. You should see him in that outfit. (We have an inside bet that he wears it around the house).
Karenski knows how to lead your event. He knows his way around equipment. He knows music. He knows how to lead a room. And as a teacher, you can bet he's also organized. So when trying to decide who to trust your big day to, you can feel confident Karenski will take great care of you. He's personable, humble, easy-going and loves working with people to make such an important day a memorable, fun, successful one.
Paul Richardson, Lead DJ / Staff Mgr
We have to admit, we were a little intimidated when we first met Paul! I mean, the guy coaches basketball and football and picks up heavy equipment like Luke Keuchly picks up water bottles. But in reality, he's just a big teddy bear. And one that's committed, experienced and talented.
Paul has been DJ'ing for years and also ran sound for several bands. He knows his stuff. Our own DJ Karenski recommend him, and he exceeded those high expectations from the start.
Paul's own DJ planning document he used before joining us was just as detailed as ours, so that attention to detail was clear. Maybe it's the teacher in him. Either way, he's always prepared, knows his way around any equipment, mic or music. And most importantly...he puts his clients first. We know he'll do that for you and make things a giant success.
Quinn Russell, Ops Director / Lead DJ
I had trouble just selecting a bio picture for Quinn. Why? Because she can do anything, has been everywhere, and is a ton of fun! When we first met Quinn, we were immediately impressed. She nailed every hard question we gave her on music, mixing, weddings, events, you name it. And she's in it for the right reason: people. She wants to make a positive impact on people, help them celebrate life's biggest days/events, and do so through music & DJing.
Quinn is also an accomplished singer, dancer & actor. She grew up on the beaches of NC, got her start as a karaoke DJ in New York, and later as an event entertainer in LA. She's even ordained and could jump in to marry you if needed! She has a zest for life, a passion for music, and her friends say "she's never met a stranger." She makes your wedding/event about you and bringing your vision come to life. And those are just some of the reasons why we know she's going to help make your wedding/event a success.
Roy Courtney, Lead DJ
With one word out of Roy's mouth, you'll probably want to hire him immediately. See, Roy is from Torquay in the UK and has that sexy British accent. We actually put Roy in charge of running all our meetings, just so we can hear him talk for several hours. Roy has much more than just the inviting accent though. He's built to help other people. As proof of that, Roy has spent his life working in non-profit in addition to DJing. When we first met him actually, we were working an event for Make-A-Wish. Roy came up to us and VOLUNTEERED to work some events for free with us! He gets paid now of course, but he'd probably still DJ for free.
So when he's not helping you with your wedding or event, he's out helping improve someone else's life also. That dedication to others, and to better himself and his community, is what makes Roy such an incredible person and DJ. And one we know will help you and your event.
Steffan Hutchison, Photo Booth Mgr
Steffan is our Photo Booth Manager. We've been trying to convert him over to a DJ for years now because we know he'd be great, but he loves working photo booths so much we can't shake him from it! And he said he gets the best of both worlds anyway, in that he gets to jam out to the music while working the booth. He has a point.
Steffan is one of the most stand-up dudes you'll meet. He loves to connect with people, listens intently, is always smiling & constantly goes above and beyond. When he's not helping manage our Photo Booth division, he works in real-estate.
Steffan's got that entrepreneur brain AND work ethic. He jumps in at every opportunity to both learn and help others. We're lucky to have him on our team. We know he'll make sure you have a great time and take home lots of memories from our Photo Booths.
Will Soulier, Lead DJ
Will is always smiling. And it's infectious. He makes all of us, and his clients, smile and laugh. A longtime professional DJ, Will LOVES DJing and it shows. He's been ALL-IN since we first met him. Within a week he had put in over 24 hours of training, arrived early/stayed late at a networking event we hosted, and immediately connected with our team and colleagues. Those were immediate signs he loved doing this, and he's been excelling as a DJ with us every dance since. You can see the passion in every word and action when it comes to DJing and planning.
He's the perfect DJ in that he does this for the joy it brings him helping others. His energy, experience, work ethic, commitment, drive, professionalism and personality are completely aligned with our goal of building relationships and helping people through DJing. We know he'll help make you laugh, make your day memorable, and make it a total success.