Ingrid Gerdes

Webpage: http://www.IngridGerdes.com
Location: Boston, Ma, USA
Description: Ingrid’s Music is inspired by her great music loves of blues, soul, Motown, R&B, reggae, classical and pop and epitomizes her appreciation and passion for honest music. Ingrid has a great sound that is modern, but reminiscent of powerhouses before he
Biography:Now a Bostonian, Ingrid was born and raised in Missouri where people say she was born singing. Though her passion for song was ignited at a mere 3-years-old, Ingrid’s loves remain the same: music, beautiful sounds and undeniable technique.

With an extensive classical background, along with her pop and R&B experience, she is able to apply many techniques to all styles of music. Gerdes is considered one to watch.

Ingrid quickly achieved acclaim as an opera and R&B singer and started winning contests and honors at a young age. Racking up vocalist of the year titles and Best Actress awards to name a few.

After moving to Boston in 2002, she was promptly recognized at the prestigious music school Berklee College for her vocal talents. Chosen as a featured soloist several times as well as being recognized with many other honors. She then began performing with local bands.  Ingrid now writes, records and performs her original music throughout New England and the Midwest with a quickly growing fan base.

Gerdes’s original debut album titled, ‘The Eclectic Collection,’ has received favorable reviews all over the world. A Chicago Sun-Times review calls her “The Next Big Thing.” A prominent DJ hails Gerdes as “one of the most interesting and versatile singers on the circuit today, both technically fantastic and true to herself.” He also describes her music as, “The smoothness of classic, Motown-era pop; the grit and sex of Southern-soul; the sunshine and swaying feel of reggae; the romantic mood of Eva Cassidy-like sensual ballads – all on a single CD.” With original pieces, both personally written and produced, this album epitomizes her appreciation and passion for honest music.

Recent honors include being chosen as The Best Local Band in Boston 2009, chosen as one of Boston’s Best Local Performers by WBZ TV and chosen as Singer Universe’s Top 5 singers, all for her original material.
Currently in the studio recording her second album, which Gerdes states, “has some hit potential.”  Ingrid continues to be acknowledged for her hard work and talent.

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Release:
Ingrid Gerdes, a Boston singer/songwriter, releases her original debut album, “The Eclectic Collection.” The 10-song album showcases her Neo-Soul style and features eight original tracks which Gerdes wrote and produced. The album can be purchased on CDBaby.com and on Myspace.com at: www.MySpace.com/IngridGerdesMusic.

“The Eclectic Collection” is inspired by Gerdes’ great music loves of blues, soul, Motown, R&B, reggae, classical and pop and epitomizes her appreciation and passion for honest music

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The original pieces highlight Gerdes’ many musical talents, as she wrote the lyrics and music for all instruments, sang all vocals, and arranged and produced the songs. She also rearranged two popular songs, “Have a Heart” and “Love is on the Way” to reflect her personal musical style.

“I infused my debut album with all the musical styles I really love,” Gerdes said.  “I wanted to create something totally different, so I blended together my favorite sounds.  I added a dash of this, a pinch of that, and a whole handful of my personality, and out came ‘The Eclectic Collection.’ I like to think of it as baking a music cake!”

For Gerdes, born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, her first album celebrates the talents Boston has to offer. With local musicians backing her soulful sound, Gerdes recorded and produced her “The Eclectic Collection” in Bean Town.

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Gerdes was inspired by her musical mentors at the Berklee College of Music, post-college experiences and the omnipresent musical influences in Boston. She even pays tribute to a familiar local icon, Bonnie Raitt, with a new rendition of “Have a Heart,” which is Gerdes’ all time favorite song.

The Eclectic Collection is available online at CDBaby.com and on Gerdes’ MySpace Music page: www.MySpace.com/IngridGerdesMusic.

About Ingrid
Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Gerdes may be a small town girl at heart, but her big voice has earned her honors and awards across the country.  At the University of Kansas, Gerdes won Rock Chalk Revue’s Best Actress award in 2001 and 2002 for her vocal and acting talents. After making her mark in the Midwest, Gerdes moved east to Boston and graduated from the Berklee College of Music. Only 26-years-old, Gerdes currently performs as the lead vocalist with the Boston Players Band and recently earned a nomination for WBZ-TV (CBS) Boston’s A-List Performers award in 2007. Gerdes also is a voice instructor at the Page Music Lesson Center in Boston.

For more information, digital music and images, visit www.myspace.com/ingridgerdesmusic


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