Erin Bentlage

Hailing from the green mountains of Vermont, Erin Bentlage writes, sings, and plays music with an unquenchable thirst for organic sound. Raised in a small town near the city of Burlington, she developed her love for emotional musical expression through ballet and classical piano lessons, and in high school found herself involved in any musical activity possible, from performing as a singer and pianist to directing the school’s first a cappella group. She became the first vocalist to win the Vermont All State Jazz Scholarship in 2008 and 2009, which also served as her first experience in jazz and improvisation. Though university studies tried to pull her towards the sciences, she realized by the beginning of her sophomore year that she wanted to devote her life to music and transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she graduated with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. During her time in Boston, Erin had the opportunity to learn from and perform with an outstanding variety of inspired musicians. She rediscovered her love for a cappella and vocal music with Joey Blake and the Singing Tribe (created by Bobby McFerrin) which launched her into an exploration in spontaneous composition and improvisation. She recorded and performed with circle singing masters and creators WeBe3 (Joey Blake, Rhiannon Watson, David Worm). She became enamored with the sounds of Sarah Vaughan and Nancy King

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”Bentlage navigated her lilting, stirring little voice through originals, standards and pop covers with equal ease. Though she lists her influences as ranging from Laura Marling and Becca Stevens to Sarah Vaughan, a gentle squeak in her voice calls Lady Day to mind — just enough edge in her pianissimo to make an intimate performance feel downright cozy.” - Daniel E.R. of Boston, MA
Primary Instrument

Vocalist

Credentials/Background

Los Angeles College of Music, Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Cornerstone Music Conservatory, Onset School of Music, Berklee College of Music

Clinic/Workshop Information

vocal improvisation (solo and group), sponaneous composition, songwriting

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