Meet The Team

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Carrie Grucz
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FOUNDER

Carrie Grucz has been DJing ever since her days of hanging out at the punk dive bar Fireside Bowl (RIP), where she saw only guys DJing, and knew she could show them all up. Flash forward a few more years to when a friend asked Carrie to DJ her wedding, and she was hooked! She fell in love with getting the dance floor grooving and shaking, and getting to play such an important role in her couples big day and has never looked back. She started this company after working for a different local DJ company for 9 years, and brings her joy and style to every event she DJs.

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Evan Hoffman
he/him

DJ/CO-OWNER

Evan realized early on in high school that he was a music junkie. Collecting mountains of tapes and CDs in every genre, a passion was formed and a career path born! Under the tutoring of a high school security guard, who DJ-ed on the side, Evan bought some gear and started DJing his own school dances. After a few years, he moved on to weddings, where couples love his energetic style, fun music selections, joyous personality, and genuine care for their event.

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Anna Hereth
she/her

CO-OWNER
OFFICE MANAGER

As a classically trained pianist and cellist, music has always played a prominent and integral role in Anna’s life. When Anna met Evan (Groove DJ) in 2015, she fell in love with both Evan and his career as a wedding DJ. Anna enjoyed assisting Evan in DJing many events and weddings during their first few years together. It only seemed natural to join the Groove is in the Heart family as office manager and co-owner. Anna utilizes her strong organizational skills and caring, friendly demeanor to ensure that couples meet and connect with the perfect DJ for their special day!

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Sherri Liberatori
she/her

DJ

From dance clubs and bars, to late night living rooms, Sherri has spent the past two decades DJing across the US, Europe and everywhere in between. Sherri will have your entire wedding dancing, singing, movin' and groovin' all night long! When this party girl needs to trade in rock and roll for some real R&R, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her pets and working in her garden.

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Natalie Alms
she/they

DJ

DJ Nat is a proud supporter and member of the queer community. She is a compassionate music enthusiast who idolizes fierce, legendary women such as: Dolly Parton, Alanis Morissette, and Whitney Houston. Nat plays banjo in her touring folk band, writes and produces her own solo records, and loves DJing for Groove. From Motown classics, to 80’s pop hits, to today’s billboard jams, DJ Nat will work to create the perfect playlist for you and your partner. Her goal is to provide a wedding soundtrack that will spark endless joy and be remembered forever, just as she and her wife experienced on their wedding day. 

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Clare Kelly
she/her

DJ

DJ Clare loves music from head to toe. She even got in trouble once for breaking one of her dad's Fats Domino 45s- after wearing it as a ponytail holder of course. While DJing a friend's wedding, where she could keep four generations on the dance floor, Clare realized that helping couples keep their day special and their dance floor fun and full, was the gig for her!

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Jessi DiBartolomeo
she/her

DJ

DJ Jessi D originally hails from Phoenix, Arizona, where she cut her teeth as a DJ at Arizona State's radio station. After visiting Chicago for Lollapalooza, she fell in love with the city's art, music, food, and culture scenes and made the move as soon as she possibly could. Over her last decade as an unofficial Chicagoan, she's DJd in restaurants, at corporate parties, dance parties, dive bars, her front porch during the pandemic, and even once in a vintage food truck. Since 2018, she's loved making hopes and dreams come true as a wedding DJ, and in her spare time loves going dancing, gardening, cooking, and of course, listening to music.

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Cordett Newsome
he/they

DJ

Cordett's earliest recollection of really being is struck by music as a kid, was when he saw the “Free Your Mind” music video by En Vogue. From then on, he was hooked on all mediums of music: dancing, singing, collecting albums, and making mix tapes. A few years ago a friend asked him to DJ at her gallery opening and everything just felt like it had been leading up to that moment. He's been spinning for the dance floor ever since. From private parties to pop up markets, Halloween parties to weddings!

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Karissa Talanian
she/they

DJ

DJ Karissa's entire world is music - they run a record label that has seen over 100 releases for artists all over the globe, have played drums in bands for nearly two decades, have booked hundreds of shows for musicians in Chicago and all over, and are an avid music collector and listener. They love it all, from experimental electronic music, to classic dad rock, to shimmering pop music. Their extensive music knowledge and passion for playing the right song at the right time has led the way to a really fulfilling and fun DJ career! When they're not deep in the music zone, they study the Japanese language and spend time with their sweet pup Roo Roo.