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Hailing from the green mountains of Vermont, GRAMMY® nominated Erin Bentlage writes, sings, and plays music in search of organic sound. Raised in a small town near the city of Burlington, she developed her love for emotional musical expression through ballet and classical piano lessons, and later found her space in the contemporary realm through jazz and improvisation as both a performer and an arranger/composer. Erin creates for the voice in all contexts and can be heard lending her sound on a wide variety of projects, from major motion picture film scores to singing (and often writing!) background vocals for artists such as Moonchild, Pomplamoose, Michael Mayo, Sara Gazarek, and more. She was recently selected for the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s ‘New Note’ project, for which she’s been commissioned to create a twenty-minute original piece to debut next year. As an artist, Erin has been featured on a growing number of projects including releases by Jacob Collier (Djesse Vol. 3), Christian Euman (Allemong), and a collaboration with Amber Navran (Golden Light), and will see her first solo release in 2021. In 2019, Erin co-founded a vocal super-group called säje alongside Sara Gazarek, Amanda Taylor, and Johnaye Kendrick, whose first original song earned the group a GRAMMY® nomination in 2020. Erin is currently on faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, teaching classes around the voice, musicianship, jazz, improvisation, and composition, and can be found performing and creating across the globe, from Iceland to Italy and beyond.
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