writer. singer songwriter.
Electronic Press Kit
Photos by Melissa Stukenholtz @ Gorman House Photography, Jamaica, Iowa
Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa 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.
Hartman has released two full-length albums -- "the only way down" (2014) and "Queen of Everything" (2016). A third is set for release in 2021.
Her songs have been featured on Carpe DSM music compilations: Messenger (2016) and Queen of Everything (2018).
What others say:
"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
“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
"...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."
Rae Fehring, Band Bombshell, March 27, 2014
"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."
Alissa Sheldon, Iowa Music Buzz, May 28, 2013
MUSIC & PERFORMANCE STYLE:
Original & Cover songs in what Hartman calls “soul-folk” style.
Alternates between acoustic guitar and piano,
Sound comparisons to: Adele, Miranda Lambert, and Ingrid Michaelson.