Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds
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Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Band R&B Soul




"Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds Pledges Allegiance to Love"

Soul:n: the immaterial part of a person, the human embodiment of something. The Soul Nerds are a group of individuals brought together for a common goal; to share their souls with the listener through the music they play.

Formed in 2008, Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds is an original Soul/R&B/Jazz band from Philadelphia. All art school graduates, they bring their collective influences to create music together. Their new release is one of the best albums that we have heard this year. Actually recorded in the late summer of 2013, Allegiance to Love is the ten track debut from Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds. It is an amazing first effort.

The album consists of songs that Jeanette wrote over the course of 3 years and the band had lots of time to play. As Jeanette studied more storytelling, she realized that though the over aching theme was love, the album could tell a story.

The title, Allegiance to Love came about after Jeanette starting writing a poem to a friend who had recently gotten married and, for the first time moved out of her family home. Jeanette knew that to love you must be brave. She also knew that to love is the most powerful act. So she decided to entitle the project Allegiance to Love.

For the cover art, she decided to ask a group of her students from Tiffin University to take a photo with something they love and hold it between their hand and their heart to pledge allegiance to the idea of it, the love that it signified.

This group is a combination of Lauryn Hill, Floetry, and Erykah Badu. This is well worth the purchase. -

"Jeanette Berry"

inger/songwriter Jeanette Berry says she wants to spread the gospel of love and honesty and soul. She’s off to a great start with Peace, Love, and Music, her four-track EP with the Soul Nerds. Jeanette pulls from her ear for musical theater, opera, hip hop, soul, and world music to write about love. She also has strong ties to jazz, which she studied in college. Jeanette’s talent has not gone unnoticed as she been a background vocalist for Lauryn Hill and she performs often around NYC. The lead single from Peace, Love, and Music is Love Stomped, which was recently featured on episode four of the VH1 series Single Ladies. Check it out below and try to find $4 to support Jeanette’s EP. It will definitely be money well spent. - Finding the B Side


2010: Peace, Love and Music 

Songs: Love Stomped
            Walking Alone 
            The Greatest Part
            Peace, Love and Music 

2015: Allegiance to Love 

Songs: Allegiance to Love 
            Summer Time
            Party Rock 
            Next To Me 
            Missin' You
            He Called My Phone Today
            We Will 
            Love Within
            My Love 



With a sound that can be described as ‘Rhythm & Jazz Soul’, it is the blending of the genres, coupled with smooth vocal stylings and passionate lyrics that places Jeanette Berry & the Soul Nerds in a league all their own. Formed in 2008 by Berry and Ian Rafalak, two University of the Arts graduates, the Soul Nerds features Berry as the lead vocalist and a collective of musicians. In 2010, the group released their debut EP “Peace, Love and Music,” with “Love Stomped,” one of the EP’s highlight records being featured on VH1’s hit series “Single Ladies”. Following the EP’s release and several key successes, Jeanette landed a background vocalist gig for Grammy Award singer and songwriter, Ms. Lauryn Hill. She toured with Hill for two years while preparing for the release of Soul Nerds’ debut album, “Allegiance to Love”. Recorded in 2013, the 10-track album was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in New York and Milkboy Studios in Philly and features all original songs written by Jeanette Berry, with musical arrangements by the Soul Nerds. The Soul Nerds have toured extensively in the east coast and plans to continue performing in promotion of “Allegiance to Love” released August 18, 2015 on Bandcamp.

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