is an Oakland
Growing up in Pyatigorsk
, lead singer Angelina Moysova was musically inspired by her family: her mother played traditional folk/gypsy music while her brother played modern music. Immigrated to America in 1993, in 1999 she formed Persephone's Bees with Tom Ayres (who plays guitar), Paul Bertolino (drums), and Bart Davenport (bass). The band has featured several bass players including Mike Ferrel, Ethan Parsonage, and Phil Costello.
Their first LP, City of Love
, was nominated for best debut album at the California Music Awards, along with being voted "Best Bay Area Pop Band" by SF Weekly
. Afterwards, they signed to Columbia Records
and released their major label debut, Notes from the Underworld
. The debut single reached # 6 in Billboard Magazine's Club & Dance charts. "City of Love" was also featured in the opening scene and soundtrack to the movie "Bewitched" starring Will Ferrel and Nichole Kidman.
They toured with The New Cars
as their opening act during their Winter Road Rage Tour '06.
The bands songs have appeared on The Sopranos
("Little Boxes" in Season 3), and numerous film, TV, and commercial placements including Hilton Hotels, Cingular, Nancy Drew, and more.
Persephone's Bees have been featured on popular music outlets such as MTV's "You Hear It First" (SXSW 2006 "Hot Bands to see"), Nic Harcourt's KCRW... Read More