Erisy Watt is a Nashville-raised indie folk artist based in Portland, Oregon. Consistently referred to as “the next-in-line to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones, her music is an exercise in what contemporary folk today sounds like at its peak.” (No Depression)
Following the release of the first single off her debut record, Watt, alongside guitarist Jeremy Ferrara, wrapped up 2018 with a six-week long tour all across Europe. The full album, produced by Bart Budwig and recorded live at The Ok Theatre in Enterprise, Oregon is set to be released on July 26, 2019.
The independently funded and managed artist has made impressive strides in her career, earning praise most notably from CBS This Morning, Jam in the Van, and No Depression. She has also shared the stage with acclaimed artists Hurray for the Riff Raff, L.A. Salami, Mr. Little Jeans, Shook Twins, Kuinka, Dustbowl Revival, Marty O’Reilly, Royal Jelly Jive, T Sisters and Rainbow Girls.
In addition to writing and touring, Watt spends part of her year helping lead environmental field studies programs for university students in remote regions of Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal. Her time in this part of the world engaging with the native ecology and culture has profoundly impacted and influenced her songwriting. A lot of her lyrics and ideas for songs come from phenomena in the natural world that she witnesses and engages with directly.
Watt’s music and songwriting find solace at this intersection of art and science. Weaving the stories of the natural world into her own work, Watt hopes to continue to celebrate and shed light on the beauty of existence. Her live performance bursts with charm as she invites listeners to revel in the joys and freedom of wilder places with every sound, song, and story.