“Jade Strings is a group you can not pass up! We had a cello and violin at our ceremony. Then a violin for cocktail hour. Everything was PERFECT. I had guests coming up to me all night commenting on how mesmerizing the performance was during cocktail hour. If you want a group that will keep your guests in awe, choose Jade Strings."
Any Enneagram Eights in the house? You’ve found a kindred spirit in Jade Gibson, the woman-preneur behind Jade Strings. In 2018, Jade combined her Business Entrepreneurship degree with a lifetime of instrumental expertise to launch Jade Strings. Since then, the entertainment collective bearing her name has performed at more than 350 weddings and events in Southwest Florida, Iowa, Colorado and (far) beyond.
Jade had the pleasure of studying under Joan Stewart and Lisa Matson, was a member of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and has performed with artists including The Who, Amy Grant, Game of Thrones, Frankie Vallie, and more. A recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Jade is a two-time winner of the school’s competitive Runway Program Business Incubator.
In addition to her role as the Boss Babe in charge of all things Jade Strings, Jade excels at telling stories through music and helping clients transform familiar songs into original arrangements. “Jade Strings is a part of the biggest day of someone’s life every weekend,” says Jade. “That energy is hard to replicate—but every weekend, we still cry. We stay invested.”
Guiding clients through the soul-searching process of song selection, and playing either the violin or viola at select events throughout the year.
While Jade can accommodate any style, she’s personally drawn to powerful arrangements with an air of gothic romance. Her biggest musical influences are Machine Gun Kelly, Billie Eilish, and Beyonce.
Although she is obsessed with all things entertainment, she has two OTHER wedding ventures! Check out her makeup & hair artistry company: Simply Sapphire Beauty.
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Using body motions and facial expressions to portray how music is supposed to feel. “My harp teacher showed me that facial expressions can help tell the story of the piece, and my guitar teacher taught me that every note is important and each one deserves a chance to sing,” says Sapphire.
Relaxed indie vibes paired with a bubbly sense of fun and excitement. Think Billie Eilish on a beach with a ukulele.
In the summer of 2019, Sapphire fulfilled her dream of performing at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. This historic building has been standing since 1137, and served as Mozart’s wedding venue!
Just call her a one-gal orchestra. Sapphire’s instrumental diversity is equaled by her depth of performance experience...and yes, she also happens to be Jade’s sister!
Sapphire won first place in both the Naples Music Club (2017) and the Bach Ensemble (2017), and has had the opportunity to play alongside the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorus, Itzhak Perlman, and the Florida All-State Orchestra. No matter where she’s performing, clients appreciate her ability to engage with an audience, evoke emotion, and create the ideal atmosphere for memory-making. Her favorite mix is playing harp for ceremony, ukulele with vocals for cocktail hour... and a violin or vocal cover for YOUR first dance!
Outside of Jade Strings, Sapphire is the lead makeup artists of Simply Sapphire Beauty and is working toward completing her degree in Health Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship from Florida Gulf Coast University.
From humming along as her sister played the piano to performing at Carnegie Hall, Sarah’s musical career has spanned New York, Ohio, Florida, and beyond.
Sarah’s classical training includes instruction by violinist Virginia Wensel. She also studied under Dr. Julian Ross as a violin performance major at Baldwin Wallace University, and was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. While Sarah is able to take on the tone of any event, if she could sneak just one song onto your list, it would be “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I...preferably played on the electric violin.
When she isn’t performing at a wedding or event, you’ll find Sarah privately tutoring elementary students. She has a degree in Elementary Education and works as a private educator teaching language, science, writing, reading...and of course, violin!
Marrying classical training with influences from contemporary pop, R&B, and Latin artists.
With Sarah at your ceremony, you’ll enjoy a beautiful performance infused with emotion. Afterward, expect an upbeat evening filled with high-energy instrumentals and vocal stylings.
Is “Eminence Front” on your must-play list? You’ll be happy to know that Sarah played with The Who at BB&T Center and Amalie Arena!
Mood-conscious musical performances backed by years of intensive training.
Believing that preparation is the key to perfection, Laura brings a sense of calm, readiness, and order to every event environment she graces.
Laura is a huge Michael Jackson fan. If she can find a way to play “PYT” at your reception, she’ll do it. (As an added bonus, her go-to track is guaranteed to get guests out on the dance floor!)
With an accomplished classical guitarist for a father, it goes without saying that Laura's primary source of musical influence resides closer to home than most. Under her father’s guidance, Laura learned how to tailor her technique to fit the mood a piece of music is intended to evoke—a skill that continues to earn her rave reviews as a member of Jade Strings.
If Laura could perform with anyone, she’d return to Carnegie Hall to collaborate with Amy Winehouse or Mozart...or maybe both. Her training includes violin instruction at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and she has played with Amy Grant, Game of Thrones, ELO, and more.
If you happen to run by a local pharmacy on a weekday, don’t be surprised when you spot Laura hard at work. While she earned a full-ride scholarship to the Bower Music School in 2016, Laura is set to graduate with a degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Transforming contemporary pieces into timeless classics. You’ve got to hear the way the melody of “Shallow” from A Star is Born sounds on her cello!
If you’re feeling out of sorts on the day of your wedding, you want Tony on your team. Our couples adore the calm, collected presence she lends to any room.
If Tony could perform anywhere in the world, she’d choose the Dalhalla Amphitheater in Sweden. Formed by a meteorite, this outdoor venue offers a winning combination of gorgeous scenery and exceptional acoustics. Destination wedding, anyone?
Born and raised in Miami, Tony became interested in playing the cello after attending her brother's practices and noticing there were no girls in the cello section. Thanks to her expertise in the instrument, that’s no longer the case at weddings and events in Southwest Florida.
Tony has studied under Albert Bade and played cello for numerous orchestra groups. She's even had the pleasure of performing on tracks for a collaboration between an up-and-coming artist and Pitbull!
In addition to her work with Jade Strings, Tony has earned her AA in Psychology and is pursuing a degree in Integrated Studies with a minor in Music at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Touching souls and bringing tears to guests’ eyes with her voice—particularly when a rendition of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman is involved.
Class, calm, kindness, and an overall sense of “I’ve got this” paired with musical influences ranging from Andrea Bocceli to Adele.
In addition to her work with Jade Strings, Heather has performed at signature shows in New York City, across the United States, and around the world on luxury cruises!
A true triple threat, Heather is a classical crossover soprano, headlining entertainer, and performance coach all in one.
With a vocal quality matched by her storytelling ability, Heather brings a sense of genuine warmth and entertainment to every event. Her concert appearances include Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Fort Myers Symphonic Orchestra, Naples Concert Band, and the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, and she has also performed in the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Heather studied under the Metropolitan Opera’s Brian Schexnayder among others, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music degree. Apart from Jade Strings, you’ll find Heather teaching the next generation of artists at her private voice studio, Heather Ivy Music.
Seamlessly transitioning guests from one moment to the next—a crucial component of crafting a top-notch event experience.
Tommy excels in the science of creating the right energy. “If guests need to chill and catch up with family, I provide that. If they need to dance the night away without a care in the world, then get ready! If they need a little of both, I take them on a journey,” Tommy shares. “It’s all about creating an experience by meeting the needs of everyone attending. This makes a couple’s wedding the most talked about event of the year.”
If Tommy could spin anywhere in the world, he'd choose the Red Rocks Amphitheater, where attendees dance beneath a million stars while enjoying views of the Denver skyline. Luckily, he’s already had the opportunity to work backstage at the venue for artists including Diplo, Flume, and Deadmau5.
For DJ Tommy, it all began with a boombox and CD set he received at the age of nine. The feeling of being able to control music was addicting, and by the age of 15, he had already DJ’d his first event—his uncle’s wedding. When summer break rolled around, he was invited to return to the venue in a more professional capacity…and the rest is history!
After moving to Florida in 2014, Tommy founded Sol Productions & Entertainment and quickly became the preferred DJ for multiple wedding venues. Tommy collaborates with musicians nationwide and provides music for annual Florida events including the Fort Myers Film Festival and Art Walks The Runway fashion show.
In addition to his work with Jade Strings and Sol Productions, Tommy is the East coast instructor for School Of Beats, a STEAM based electronic music curriculum for After-School, Youth & Community Programs. When he isn’t working, he enjoys taking camping trips with his wife and three kids, or hitting the studio to create new mashups.
Building intentional relationships with couples to ensure all of their carefully-selected details come to fruition.
Lexie exudes warmth, energy, and a personable professionalism which immediately sets clients at ease.
As a catering sales manager, Lexie was the last person who drove or walked the bride to the ceremony location. She loves sharing in the experience and the excitement of our brides, so if you need a hype girl...you’ve found her!
When “Can’t Help Falling in Love” tops the charts of your favorite songs, you just might be destined for a role in the wedding and event industry.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Resort and Hospitality Management and a long history in the wedding world, Lexie currently serves as an executive assistant for Jade Strings and Simply Sapphire Beauty. Prior to joining Jade Strings, Lexie played a key role in assisting brides and helping couples enjoy their wedding experience to the fullest as a catering sales manager. Her industry background makes her an invaluable asset to the team!
When she isn’t fine-tuning a Jade Strings event, Lexie can be found at the beach or a park spending time with her husband and 21-month-old daughter.
“Who were those girls playing at your wedding?! They were awesome! That’s what we’ve been hearing from so many of our guests after having Jade Strings perform on our big day. Looking back, our wedding day wouldn’t have been as special as it was without the help of their amazing talents."
From your own experience as a guest, you know that it takes more than a pretty venue, a signature cocktail, and a baked potato bar to create an unforgettable atmosphere. Not to worry. After performing at 350 + events and counting, that’s our expertise!