singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist + activist.
Nathaniel Paul Hoff grew up in South Bend and resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Jillian Speece. In 2001 at the age of thirteen he began songwriting and performing live. By the time he was seventeen he had already taught himself how to record and produced his own album and shortly after he met Jillian Speece during his senior year of high school. Instantly they connected and began songwriting together. Nathaniel recorded and produced a album with Jillian that winter and since those day many moons have past yet Nathaniel has proven over and over that his dedication to music powerful as he continues to amaze all who behold his musical genius unfolding. Most days he can be found in his studio sipping coffee, creating poignant upbeat songs.
Since 2010, he has produced three EP's and three albums for The Bergamot and is a key component to The Bergamot’s massive touring and album success over the past six years for Nathaniel's love for music knows no bounds. In October 2015, after touring America over six times, he came up with The Unity Collective. At first The Unity Collective was just a concept then soon after it became a peace movement. The heart of the movement is to be love and spread a message of unity and peace to all people building radical inclusivity through the power of music, community, and collaboration. The Unity Collective manifested as a 50-state tour and The Unity Car came out of the 2016 tour. Click here for more details the the amazing story of The Unity Car.
singer-songwriter, synth player + activist
Jillian Ann Speece lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Nathaniel Paul. She grew up in South Bend and started songwriting and performing as a teenager. In 2003, during her sophomore year of high school she met Nathaniel Paul. During the early days they spent songwriting and recording albums. By 2009, in college Jillian and Nathaniel Paul co-founded The Bergamot and shortly after they wrote and recorded their first EP (Smile). Later in 2010 they embarked upon their first American tour, spanning three months and performing from coast to coast. This is where her love of touring grew.
In 2012, The Bergamot hit international acclaim when they won the title Best Unsigned Band in America in The Bud Light Battle of the Bands contest giving them the opportunity to open up for Young The Giant, All American Rejects, and Wiz Kalifa.
Music is the lifeblood behind everything Jillian does from singing with her powerful angelic voice, to songwriting, to performing in front of thousands. At a show Jillian puts her whole being into each note and this passion translates to the fans.
Last year The Bergamot joined their uplifting-music with their passion to bring people together culminating in their peace movement, The Unity Collective.
During 2016, Nathaniel Paul and Jillian toured to all 50 States seeking to unite and bring unity and radical inclusivity to all people regardless of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, class, and beyond. Each day the filmed the journey and are set to release their first documentary in 2018.
For Jillian unity is the pillar of her activism and it is joy for her to share the teachings she gathered on the road with the world. In her own words, "Reach out your hand to another being, pause to look into there eyes and tell me we are not all connected... that we are not all one."
drummer + percussionist
Noah Webber lives in South Bend and is a percussionist best known for his involvement in the band The Bergamot. He has been an active touring member since 2014. Noah Webber brings an energetic, versatile and thoughtful approach to his performances. He is the beloved rhythmic anchor of The Bergamot and has performed on many notable stages such as SXSW, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, Illinois, The Rock n' Roll Brooklyn Marathon, and at Summer Camp Music Festival. Recently, he recorded percussion to The Bergamot's new EP "Young Again" and is gearing up to tour America in 2017.
The Bergamot is an American indie-rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The two founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece.
The band formed in 2009 by lead guitarist/vocalist Nathaniel Hoff and lead vocalist Jillian Speece in college at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
After college Hoff and Speece began touring America extensively sharing their positive music and vibes with their fans. In 2013 Nathaniel's cousin Noah Webber (drummer) was added to The Bergamot's performing lineup. The band includes guest appearances by lead guitarist Neil Carmichael, and frequent collaborator- bassist, Jordan Swartzendruber.
In 2012 The Bergamot won the Bud Light Battle of the Bands and it helped them gain international notoriety.
The Bergamot’s uplifting songs are powered by unbreakable harmonies with seamless songwriting adeptness that combines a story of both the joys and heartaches of life.
In 2003, Jillian and Nathaniel met in high school in their hometown of South Bend, Indiana. Since then they have released five albums (Smile EP, Haven, Static Flowers, Tones, Young Again EP and have toured extensively performing in all 50 states and doing multiple tours through Europe.
Drawing upon influences such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, The Dave Matthews Band Feist, and Ryan Adams.
The Bergamot writes songs that are uplifting, catchy, and downright fun. Jillian’s velvety alto voice blends seamlessly with Nathaniel’s ethereal vocals creating dynamic harmonies that are apart of their signature sound.
Speece and Hoff have an amazing gift for writing poignant songs based upon personal experiences with a relatable and emotional immediacy.
They’re performances are high energy, infectious, and have turned first-time listeners into instant fans. The Bergamot bridges the gap between artist and audience by engaging them on a personal level though-out the performance.
The Bergamot has opened up for artist such as All American Rejects, Young The Giant and Wiz Kalifa. The Bergamot has performed at SXSW, Taste of Chicago, The Traverse City Film Festival, and Bud Lights Port Paradise Music Festival located in the Bahamas. The Bergamot has graced the pages of Icon Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Chicago Tribune, CMJ, Skope Magazine, WGN Chicago, CBS, HGTV and NPR.
The Bergamot released their highly anticipated new record TONES February 11th, 2016 and are gearing up to launch The Unity Collective Documentary, a new album called "The Bergamot Live at The Morris" and are working on a full-length album for 2018.
Photography courtesy of Lauren Alexandra Photography + Evan Perigo
These are exciting times for The Bergamot recently they have been featured by acclaimed publications, companies, and television networks. Here are some of our favorite features.
"Remedy" by The Bergamot was featured in last nights episode #105 of Blood & Oil on ABC Television Network
"Alive" by The Bergamot was featured during minute 1.24 seconds in GoPro's commercial introducing HERO5
"The Bergamot brings us a lush alternative-folk album called Tones and at 12 tracks long" – Pancakes and Whiskey
"This husband/wife duo produce enchanting indie folk with an old soul." – PureVolume
"In Between" by The Bergamot premiers on – CMJ
"With more than 12 years of making music, resulting in over 100 songs and 300 tour dates, it's no wonder The Bergamot need all the energy they can get ... they create a vibrant, indie folk-pop sound." – Culture Collide
"Winter Anthem" by The Bergamot was featured on – HGTV + NoiseTrade's Ultimate Holiday Soundtrack
“Move over pop stars! These singers are here to blow your mind.” – BuzzFeed
"Alive" by The Bergamot was premiered by Paste Magazine and they said, "Alive is hard -hitting and catchy-as-hell." – Paste Magazine
“Following in the footsteps as such duos as Simon & Garfunkel and Hall and Oates The Bergamot…create seamless musical tapestry that span the genres of the pop music spectrum.” – ICON Magazine
"The Bergamot exudes joy, ecstasy in homecoming concert at DeBartolo." – South Bend Tribune
“It’s got the atmospheric, dramatic female vocals of a Feist track married to rhythmic percussion…but the track really manages to distinguish itself in the evocative twinkle of its synth lines.” – Baeble Music
" I've never seen anything like this before" – NBC4 Washington
Brooklyn-based musicians The Bergamot pay a visit to Alaska : "we are forefronting a new wave of music ideology, and we are pushing boundaries that people wouldn’t have dared to go even five years ago" – Anchorage Press
Life on the Road by The Bergamot. "Music still transcends boundaries, political views, prejudice, and judgment... music is a calling to speak on that higher level." – ReverbNation
Talking Music With Jillian Speece of The Bergamot – Misadventure Magazine
"Each new creation carries a hope; this hope desires to connect with others in a meaningful way. Creation is a vulnerable process to which we have committed our lives." – Omnisound Magazine
Jillian Speece, The Bergamot: Mind-Glowingly Good – Whisked Blog
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Photographs courtesy of Leah Tribbett