The Erin Bentlage Group
Hailing from the green hills of Vermont, Erin Bentlage writes, sings, and plays with an unquenchable thirst for organic sound. Raised in a small town near Burlington, she first explored her love for music with a miniature play-by-color keyboard, soon graduating to a beautiful piano passed down in her family for generations. She developed her love for emotional musical expression through ballet and classical piano lessons, all the while singing everywhere and anywhere she could. High school found her involved in any musical activity possible, from performing as a singer and pianist to directing the school’s first a cappella group. She became the first vocalist to win the Vermont All State Jazz Scholarship in 2008 and 2009, which was also her first experience in jazz and improvisation. Though university studies tried to pull her towards the sciences, she realized that she wanted to devote her life to music and transferred to Berklee College of Music.
Since being in Boston, Erin has had the opportunity to learn from and perform with an outstanding variety of inspired musicians. She rediscovered her love for a cappella and vocal music with Joey Blake and the Singing Tribe (created by Bobby McFerrin) which launched her into an exploration of spontaneous composition and improvisation. She had the opportunity to record and perform with circle singing masters and creators WeBe3 (Joey Blake, Rhiannon Watson, David Worm). She simultaneously began to study jazz voice more seriously, and was invited to record and perform with Christian Li, Albino Mbie, Ryo Konishi, Drew Krasner, and other rising jazz protégés. She performed with Berklee Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the 2014 JEN Conference and has also performed in the Burlington Jazz Festival, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, and First Night Burlington. She began to study songwriting and jazz composition to supplement her Contemporary Writing and Production degree, which she expected to attain in May. With influences ranging from Laura Marling to Sarah Vaughan, Erin’s writing and performing creates a sound that could only grow from a place of joyful, honest expression.