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