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About Erin Bode
It is always a treat to watch a young artist grow, and vocalist Erin Bode has been doing a lot of growing lately. With every tour, Erin’s clear, bell-like voice gets stronger and prettier, her original music gains focus, and her band gets tighter.
In the decade-plus since Erin Bode began her professional recording career, she has garnered much critical praise for her pure voice, perfect pitch, and impressive phrasing and style. It is this talent, coupled with her reluctance to accept classification as a purely jazz vocalist that has led to reviews hailing her as “someone you won’t forget” and comparing her sound to the likes of Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, and Karrin Allyson.
A Minnesota native, Bode was first introduced to music by her father, a Lutheran minister, who emphasized music in daily life and encouraged her to join the church choir. Her love for music has not faltered since; as a high school student she excelled at the trumpet and performed in sixteen theatre productions, while as a college student at Webster University she studied music and performed in local shows, including three seasons performing with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Shortly after graduating college in 2001, Bode produced her first record, Requests. The album was successful in gaining Bode local attention and secured her a recording contract with St. Louis jazz label Maxjazz. Bode has also gained exposure through appearances on various programs including CBS’s Second Cup Café, Fox News’ Fox and Friends, and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
To date, Bode and her band have released six albums and toured around the United States, as well overseas to Italy, Japan, and South Africa. The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound.
While Bode got her start singing standard jazz, her recent projects have been decidedly more pop-based. 2008’s Little Garden and 2010’s Photograph feature all original material by Bode, and showcase her love of poetry with songs that are rich in harmonic and timbral texture.
Bode is currently on a national tour performing both covers and original songs, which are influenced as much by the pop music she grew up on as they are by the master songwriters of the Great American Songbook, replete with clever melodies and witty lyrics.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Erin Bode is the most magnificent solo performer on this planet right now. Her voice and taste in material has never put a note out of place…”—Danny Baker, BBC London
“Bode strikes a balance between Nanci Griffith and Lisa Loeb, and shows Paul Simon-esque compositional savvy… celestial vocals.” -All About Jazz
“It is no surprise that Erin Bode continues to produce excellent material. What is remarkable is the ease at which Bode morphs from genre to genre, all while retaining her sweet lyrical sound.” -Examiner
“More than a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice, the lyrics and tone of her songs embody the spirit of the American midwest.” —Derek Lauer/Playback