Patresa Hartman has the soulful voice of a woman with something to say. As she puts it, making music is really about making an important human connection. “I use songwriting as a way to understand my own human experiences--insecurity, triumph, longing, frustration--and then communicate them in the most honest way I know how.”

The result is a dynamic set of original songs in what Hartman calls “soul-folk” style. Taking turns behind the guitar and the piano, Hartman’s compositions meld musical flavors of Janis Joplin, Miranda Lambert, Ingrid Michaelson, and Ani Difranco. Confessional lyrics and heart-opening melodies mingle with relatable storytelling to make every performance an intimate one and every audience a gathering of friends.

Hartman’s debut album, "the only way down," along with a companion book of essays about the songs, was released August 2014.

What others are saying:

"Don't be fooled by Patresa Hartman's humble grace and self-effacing charm; this talent is a force to be reckoned with. Both her lyrics and her energy are infused with honesty, poetry, and artistry that are rare finds in today's musicians." -- Alissa Sheldon, Iowa Music Buzz

“She brings a litany of strengths to the table, foremost of which is a true gift for songwriting. A competent guitar player blessed with a beautiful, understated voice, Hartman’s lyrics drive right to her listeners’ hearts and play upon experiences and insecurities that we’ve all seen to some degree.” -- Chad Taylor, Cityview

Hartman co-hosts Women Writers in the Round, a monthly women’s singer/songwriter series at The Ritual Cafe in Des Moines. She has also performed at Wooly's, The House of Bricks, The Underground, Java Joe’s 4th Street Theater, Cafe Baratta's, Grounds for Celebration, and The GrapeVine. She was recently featured as one of Iowa’s Women Who Rock, a monthly interview and podcast series at Iowa Music Buzz. [+]