photo by David Cano

photo by David Cano

 

"Sultry emotive vocals, atop a distinctive blend of deep guitars and triangle percussion, Gerhardt succeeds in creating music that is experimental yet palpable. Lyrically "Be My Hands" conveys the heightened tension that exists at the beginning of a relationship.  The relatable song focuses on the feeling of excitement and nervousness that comes with a new love." - Chloe Robinson, Earmilk

Jessica Gerhardt

Jessica Gerhardt is a singer-songwriter and ukuleleist from Santa Monica who first began writing songs at the age of 8. After receiving a ukulele as a birthday gift, she began teaching herself to play when she was 14 and it became her primary songwriting tool. In 2016 she recorded a cover of Emmylou Harris's "Little Bird" under the name Feronia which was highly acclaimed and featured on the "To Emmylou" tribute album with a number of prolific LA artists including Phoebe Bridgers. Gerhardt also contributed auxiliary vocals in LA band Hotel For Strangers until late 2016. Taking a break for a few years from actively playing out with her original music, Gerhardt returned under her own name creating powerful music that explores depth, vulnerability, and intentionality in relationships with the release of her single "Be My Hands", the title track off of her 5-song EP, produced by Patrick Doyle. The music video for the title track was premiered in Earmilk in January 2019, followed by the release of the single "Aquarius" in February 2019, and a cover of Joan Armatrading's "The Weakness In Me" in April 2019. The Be My Hands EP was released June 2019 followed by a West Coast and East Coast tour in July. Subsequent single releases include "Morning Moon" (Nov 2019), and "Keep It Simple" (March 2020, written in memory of her late grandmother), and "Gillian" in May 2020. Jessica has also been curating bills at local venues including her monthly Friday at The Fox Den house show series, Lady Lyricists at The Love Song Bar, and the Femme-Fronted Fest at The Hi Hat.

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"The indie pop artist’s influences include St. Vincent, Fiona Apple, Florence + the Machine and the Talking Heads and, if recent single “Morning Moon” is anything to go by, she wears her heart on her sleeve and allows her voice to soar." - Brett Callwood, LA Weekly

"Otherworldliness characterizes much of Gerhardt’s music... Decidedly not typical praise and worship music, Gerhardt's lyrics still regularly display themes praising and/ or wrestling with the work of grace... carving out a space between Christian and secular music often proves trying, but... her music provides an invitation to a deeper spirituality for believers as well as a bridge for non-believers..." - Patrick Misner, Memorare Arts

"Gerhardt’s voice is resilient and resonant. The gentleness in her voice lends itself to the lyric content nicely as she passionately expresses the spirit of the tune. A welcomed return to the spotlight, “Be My Hands” is an opportunity to say hello again to an impassioned performer." - Eliana Fermi, Staccatofy

"The first time I played through this tempting track ["Be My Hands"] I was thoroughly entranced. This was blistering folk aided by super catchy lyrics and Jessica’s vibrant vocals that were like a breath of fresh air...everything about this well written number was pure perfection...there was a richness to Gerhardt’s sumptuous tones which hooked me." - The Music Is My Radar

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