Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, didn't begin sharing her music with others until an open mic in 2011, attributing the late start to a long-standing bout with stage fright. Five years, hundreds of audiences, and 2 full-length albums later, the fear is gone, and you can find her playing venues across the midwest.
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 serves as a 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.
"Messenger," a song off the first album, was chosen to appear on Carpe DSM (2016) a compilation of original songs from Des Moines based singer-songwriters. In November of the same year, Hartman was a feature performer at Little Big Fest, a local festival that headlines national acts.
Hartman released her first album, "the only way down," in 2014, receiving praise.
“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.
Her second album, "Queen of Everything," was released December 1, 2016, in conjunction with a music video--a collaboration with the Iowa Ballet Academy and local filmmakers at DEFT.