Electronic Press Kit
Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, didn't begin sharing her music with others until an open mic in 2011, attributing the late start to a long-standing bout with stage fright. Five years, hundreds of audiences, and 2 full-length albums later, the fear is gone, and you can find her playing venues across the midwest.
Hartman calls her style soul-folk. A rich, blues voice, serves as the vehicle for thoughtful, poetic lyrics. A percussive guitar player, Hartman's signature finger picking style becomes rhythmic foundation for soulful melodies that hint at contemporary country and folk. But Hartman's roots in gospel and soul become apparent in her turns behind the piano.
Two of Hartman's songs have been featured on Carpe DSM music compilations: Messenger (2016) and Queen of Everything (2018).
Hartman released her first album, the only way down, in 2014, receiving praise.
“Hartman’s a clever writer, an honest story teller and a beautiful singer. This is an album that begs to be played.” -- Chad Taylor, Cityview Magazine, September 3, 2014
Her second album, Queen of Everything, was released December 1, 2016, in conjunction with a music video--a collaboration with the Iowa Ballet Academy and local filmmakers at DEFT. About the album, Joe Lawler from Cityview says:
"Hartman is proudly carrying the torch of the Iowa Sound that dates back decades. Artists like Greg Brown, Dave Moore and Bonnie Koloc should be happy to know that Hartman is continuing the roots tradition they established while cutting her own distinctive groove into the Iowa landscape." -- Joe Lawler, Cityview Magazine, January, 2017
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE STYLE:
Original songs in what Hartman calls “soul-folk” style.
Alternates between acoustic guitar and piano,
Sound comparisons to: Adele, Miranda Lambert, and Ingrid Michaelson.
"Queen of Everything," Hartman's second full-length album, was released December 1, 2016.
"Messenger" was selected to appear on the 2016 Carpe Diem Music Mix.
Hartman, along with a full band, played Little Big Fest at Wooly's on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
“Everything about Hartman’s music belies the strange trip that she’s taken to the stage. Her voice is so good; her songwriting is so tight. You can’t listen to her sing anything at all and not believe that she was born to it.”
"...the surprising joy of Hartman’s sound [is] soul. Without succumbing to the vocal acrobatics that are pretty standard in music today..., Patresa takes us to church in her vocals just enough to let you know what she’s capable of without being braggadocious."
interview (Women Who Rock)
"Don’t be fooled by Patresa Hartman’s humble grace and self-effacing charm; this talent is a force to be reckoned with. Both her lyrics and her energy are infused with honesty, poetry, and artistry that are rare finds in today’s musicians."
All photos here credited to:
@ Gorman House Photography, Jamaica, IA (2016)