The Bergamot is an American indie-folk-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 2012 The Bergamot won the Bud Light Battle of the Bands and it helped them gain international notoriety.
Through the years they have opened up for artists such as All American Rejects, Young The Giant and Wiz Kalifa. The duo has performed at SXSW, Taste of Chicago and Bud Lights Port Paradise Music Festival located in the Bahamas and they have graced the pages of BuzzFeed, Paste Magazine, Icon Magazine, The Daily Record (UK), The Daily Mirror (UK),The Chicago Tribune, Brooklyn Vegan, The Deli Mag, CMJ, Skope Magazine, Pancakes & Whisky, WGN Chicago, CBS, and HGTV.
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 over 500 dates in all 50 states their routes have included two tours to 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 dreamy 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.
In 2016 The Bergamot released their highly anticipated new record TONES on February 11th. They are editing the The Unity Collective Documentary and just released their first ever live album called "The Bergamot Live at The Morris."
The Bergamot has a new single, PDR set to premier this fall (2017). Fans can anticipate a new full-length album (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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